What Is Your Back to School Theme

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  1. Mrs.Rhinochunks

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    May"bee" something about worker bees catching the buzz in 5th grade.

    Bees are great becasue they are organized, efficient and hard workers. You could "bee" the queen bee!
     
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    I have a bee theme in my room. Everyone thinks it is cute. I am probably one of the few teachers in my building with a theme though (my school is just upper grades).

    I have a sign above my door that says "Mrs. xxxxxxx Hive". Also have a bee job chart, and a bunch of character signs that say "bee kind" etc.
     
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    That's a great idea!
     
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    Back to School Theme

    This year is Oklahoma's Centennial. I found a few Western things for the door. Any ideas, let me know! :thanks:
     
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    OK, I guess I'd better get me a theme... :rolleyes:

    One teacher in my school had an adorable one (just the door, I think inside didn't have a theme, that school wasn't into themes) that she adapted each year:

    Picture a poster decorated like a Crayola box -- yellow oaktag with green diagonal stripes in the lower corners, ya know... Then the half-oval "window" where you see the row of crayons... Then above it, where it says about the product, I don't remember what she wrote at the top, but the next thing was: "[12] Different Brilliant Children" (the way the box says dif. bril. colors... cute!) Then there was a big crayon for each kid's name scattered around the door. Maybe the box said something like, "Mrs. B's Kindergarten" I don't remember exactly. But it was adorable.
     
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    No, I definitely don't think so! :)

    I'm a first year teacher... I've put a lot of money into my theme, so I plan to keep it for a looong while. :eek: LOL
     
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    these will be New children 1st Year - sometimes they will come in looking forward to your theme!!! They will love it - make the money last!
     
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    I named my classroom like it is a city- Jasztalville, and I have signs all over the classroom like interstate and stop signs. I even have cheap license plates from antique stores. I don't plan on changing this theme anytime soon! :)
     
  9. Mrs.Rhinochunks

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    Horseshoes, sunflowers, gingham, handkerchiefs, horses, wheat, tribes of OK, prairie schooners, cowboy hats, denim, bison

    maybe route 66 for a modern spin
     
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    I'll be doing AR at my school...and for a while I've been kind of resistant. I just wasn't excited about it. With this idea, though, I'm thinking I might start to like it more. :)
     
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    I made a super cute bulletin board in the class I student taught in. It had an adorable dog and a stack of books. I titled it: Get your paws on a "dog-gone" good book! I put paper bags, cut in half, with the kids' names on them on the board around the dog, books and title. I also had the "doggy bag" that held inside a reading response sheet. The sheet was shaped like a dog bone and on it I had a basic reaction to the book. Categories were: Paw-some! A tail-wagger & I'd rather have my squeaky toy. Kids read a book, grabbed a dog bone and filled it out for the book. The bones were then put into their brown bags. I encouraged them to use the bags to help them choose books to read. At first, we went through the dog bags every other day, but then it dropped down to about one a week. The kids loved it! I'm thinking about using it with 5th graders too.
     
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    Back to School

    Thanks Mrs. Rhino - great suggestions!:thanks:
     
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    I have an inflatable dalmation (or a stuffed animal would do) and I used it to say "Look Who Got Spotted.." could be good work or good behavior.
     
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    beach

    I always go with the beach theme. I just can't help myself! Party stories have a lot in stock right now. Outside my door I've had "A Sea of Success" and "A Sea of Knowledge" with the kids names written on fish.
    Jen
     
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    Our school is in a construction phase. Any ideas for themes?
     
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    I've used "Dive in to Learning" with a kind of beachy theme
     
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    I did an eagle theme last year with the slogan "Soaring Through the 3rd Grade". Windows were adorned with eagle curtains made from fabric at Wal-mart. Since our mascot is an eagle it fit in perfect. I haven't decided what I will do next year.
     
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    Back to School theme

    I saw a 6th grade class once, and they used the "Under Construction" theme. Had the yellow tape across the door etc. I can try to find out where he got the stuff. It was really neat!:rolleyes:
     
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    I really was not going to have a theme... I didn't have one last year, or the year before (I came in mid-year). But these themes are SO cute! Now I'm leaning toward a dog theme!
     
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    Building a Bright Future? Or something like that....
     
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    OK, I just found out (I think -- it looks like it, but I'll probably know better later) that for my first thematic unit (I'm new to the school so I don't quite 'get" everything yet, but it seems the whole school does the same themes each couple of weeks or so, or something like that...) So anyway, my first thematic unit is clothes. Different types of clothes, stories about clothes, how clothes are made, economy lessons about buying and selling clothes, etc...

    Any ideas?
    I'm thinking I could do something with clothesline and pins-- easy. I could shape the backing paper of our charts and things like a shirt.
    I think what I really need is a few good catch phrases or slogans, and something cute for the door.
     
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    Learning Never Goes Out of Style

    Mrs. ____'s Cool Kids (let them decorate their own cutout with their favorite clothing style.
     
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    Look Who's Hanging Out in ______ Grade

    I had a blackline master of a T-shirt that we copied on construction paper and laminated. We wrote each child's name on a T-shirt and hung it on clothesline with the mini clothespins you can get in the craft section at Wal-mart.:) We used die cut letters for "Look Who's Hanging Out in First Grade."
     
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    I just saw a really cute bulliten board that could work for you... let me search to see if I can find it again.... The slogan was something about T-riffic students. :)
     
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    I did something very similar to the clothesline idea. If you teach 3rd grade, it ties in perfectly with the first Judy Moody book. I waited until we were at the point in the book where Judy made her 'I Ate Shark' shirt to tell about her summer before letting the kids make their shirts. The display looked fabulous.
     
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    Thanks so much for the ideas! You really set the ball rolling...

    I especially like "hanging out in..." for the clothesline. "Learning never goes out of style" is cute, too.
     
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    thanks for the ideas
     
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    "My Class Fits Me To A 'T' " - One teacher went with the "tee-shirt" theme and had all the kids bring in an old (or new) white tee shirt that the students decorated with markers- then they made life-size head and neck cut outs, put tee-shirts on them, and sat them at their desks for open house so paretns could see where the kids sat. It was adorable!!
     
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    I'm thinking of something to integrate with my SS curriculum (hint, hint look at my recent post about integrated curriculum. ;)).

    I was thinking about a row of houses, with people that the kids got to decorate. It might say 'welcome to the neighborhood' on the door. Or 'A community of learners'. I'm still thinking it over.
     
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    I'm doing a "Hollywood" theme. On the bulletin board in the hallway outside my door I'm doing "Look Who's Popping Into First Grade" with a giant popcorn machine/cart that I drew with large popped corn with the students' names scattered around the cart.


    http://www.teacherweb.com/NM/PajaritoElementary/BeverlyRomero
     
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    2 Themes

    I used to alternate 2 themes, year by year. Apples and fish.

    The apple theme is easy to find items for. I had a tree on our door and students picked their apple (velcroed on) and put it in a basket for attendance. I also had baskets in each center area in which students would place their apple so I could easily tell who should be where.

    The fish theme: Welcome to our SCHOOL!
    ___[learning, etc.]_________is a treasure! Picture fish, treasure chests and maps, sand, under the sea, etc. Very fun!

    This year I'm doing a movie/theatre theme. It seems like a popular option this year!!:)
     
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    Maybe "Dog-gone Good Class" for rockets "Blast Off Into A New Year"
    The first year I taught 1st grade I use a beach theme and used "Making A Splash in First Grade"
     
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    I am going to have lily pads and frogs and I am going to write the childrens names on the frogs and my slogan is going to be "leaping into 1st grade".
     
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    This topic has some great ideas!
    My mother is hand hooking a rug (yes, my mom is a hooker) w/ a toucan on it and I was thinking of a rainforest theme. I was going to get some thick rope and use that as vines to hang work on and maybe some big fake leaves that I saw in the reading corner. I just can't think of a good phrase, I want something more original than "Welcome to the Jungle".
    Any ideas?

    Oh, this will be my first classroom. I'm pretty excited!
     
  37. Daisyd

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    How about "Wild about Learning" or ...1st grade, etc.?
     
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    Thanks. I like that idea, it seems so easy, yet so hard to do sometimes.:D
     
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    I teach in a Catholic school so I am doing a theme outside my classroom surrounding the quote about "Come with me and I will make you fishers of men!"

    I plan to put their names on little fish and have a big net underneath.

    I hope it will be cute!
     
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    I am doing a star theme this year. Any ideas?
     
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