Starting early on Next Year's classroom theme

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  1. teaching4God

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    As I am wrapping up this school year I find myself thinking to the next. I would like to do a theme based on running and finishing the race. I don't want to do racecars, but would like to focus on more of a track/marathon theme. Any ideas? Have you ever seen this before? I know I am quite early, but I am inspired and I figure I better run with it.
     
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    "I better run with it" LOL
    If you have reading or math goals you could put "mile markers" around the room and have each student move their runner to the next goal as they improve
     
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    I have done an Olympic theme that lasted the entire year. I gave "medals" and by medals I mean paper shaped like a medal with the world's cheapest ribbon that encircled the neck. I wrote victory songs for different benchmarks that I was emphasizing. (ie behavior, grades etc) You could do some short contests (sprints) and then have an overall contest for the long range thing.
     
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    You could do something with keeping the flame going...
    Or passing the baton
     
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    This year our theme was "Go the extra Mile".
     
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    All good ideas. So decor would look like????
     
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    Could you acquire a couple of hurdles to put in the room? Maybe the walls could have cheering fans, so it looks like a stadium? Pics of people on the winner's stand, pics of people breaking the tape crossing the finish line. How much latitude do you have?
     
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    I love these ideas. I wanted to make my word wall look like a racing track with shoes on it. I somehow want to make large projection of a runner poised, running, and with arms raise on the walls.
     
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    Ok, so I have been brainstorming these past few days and here is what I came up with. My reading nook is going to have a makeshift hurdle with a sign that says jump into a book.
    I am going to have waterbottles with candy and pencils inside them for the first day of school. My writer's process area is going to say On the Write Track. Our Class Motto is going to be Strong! Wise! Victorious! Again. I am ready to get into my classroom again and just left.
     
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    You've so inspired me.

    Many of us use their summers planning for the next year.
     
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    OK, I'm a neurotic psychotic planner.

    But I've had a wonderful year-- great kids, supportive administration, the black cloud over my house finally blown out to sea.

    And I'm counting down the 10 teaching days before exams.

    I can't BEGIN to think about the fall yet!

    Hats off to those of you who can!
     
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    If you do the wall with cheering fans....they could be the students parents, siblings, special area teachers....you can ask the parents to email pics of their faces (this way you can resize them to all be uniform) and take pics of other teachers in the school, principal etc.....to fill it up, that everyone is cheering for them!
     
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    I like your idea so much. Have fun in your summer and your nest year teaching.
     
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    I am so glad for you and enjoy your summer break:)
     
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    We have styrofoam hurdles in our gym equipment. You could buy/use recycled styrofoam to make this part of our display for your reading area?
     
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    Thanks tgim and hoot owl I am glad I inspired you. If you come across any third grade stuff send in my way!
     
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    Yes, personalizing the crowd would be awesome.

    Since you teach at a religious school, could you also use a Bible verse that deals with running the race. (Let us run with patience the race that is set before us)

    Also, can you put real track clothes on the large image of a runner you are putting on the wall, perhaps in school colors?

    Like you, my mind is whirling with concepts for next year. I'm thinking of a theme related to detectives.
     
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    What is this "fall" you speak of????
     
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    I don't teach at a religious school.
     
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    I am still excited! Today I went to dollar tree and found some trophy die cuts and incentive charts that seemed to fit perfectly with the theme.
     
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    Sorry, I thought it was you who mentioned in another post that you couldn't use something or other because you were in a religious school. My memory was inaccurate.

    In any event, you can probably still find great quotes about racing that would be inspiring.
     
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    OK, today I went to another dollar tree in Chattanooga and got a calendar for my math miles board and some other things. I am trying to think of a title for my word wall and a student of the week display.
     
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    What about tennis shoe cut outs and something with put your best foot forward? I also thought of Ready, Set, Read! Your practice activities could be called "training".
     
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    OOOOOooo I like that Teacher Chele. Good stuff! I am going to have to get a notebook to write all this stuff down! Maybe a year at a glance plan drawn up!
     
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    You're welcome! I noticed that you're from TN, too. What area are you from? (You can PM this if you'd rather.)

    I also thought that you could make your hurdles from painted saw horses or pvc pipe. What about turning your door into the starting line and at the end of the year each child could run through crepe paper for the Finish line as they leave your room.
     
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    Sounds great. I just thought that I would title my daily language practice "language laps." I like the pvc saw horse idea, because I could put book selections on them.
     
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    For Student of the Week, how about something like

    "Pacesetter of the Week" or
    "Champion of the Week" or even
    "Endurance Champion"

    For the Word Wall, how about

    "Vocabulary to Stretch our Minds" and put pictures of people stretching to warm up.

    I'm trying to think of more to throw out there for you... :)
     
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    I thought about the Champion of the Week thing! I love the vocabulary to stretch out minds idea.
     
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    I got some shoe accents for my word wall and a door display and whatever else I want to use them for.
     

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