What Is Your Back to School Theme

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    Oh, thank you! I like those ideas! I appreciate your thoughts!
     
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    I know I didn't post that, but I used it as one bulletin board thing and I used it as a part of my race car theme last year.
     
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    Colorful Writing
    "Sun"sational Work
     
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    garden of learning
     
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    I like the curious learners- monkey- banana theme for k/1- it's not dumb.

    A bunch of curious learners
    top banana
    no monkeying around, it's going to be a great year
     
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    I didn't get a reply either, about my adventure/fairytale theme. I am thinking of something like Mrs.______ 2nd Grade where everyday is a new adventure. But I was also kind of wanting another slogan and idea to go on my door for the start of school. Please help!!
     
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    I decided just yesterday to go with a Curious George theme. I think I'm going to have a monkey holding a bunch of bananas with the students names on them. I was going to write something like "What a "bunch" of curious first graders".

    Houghton Mifflin Books website has a teacher section with activities to go with books. They have a lot of Curious George ideas that I plan on using!
     
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    What about something like princes and princessess or dragons. I can't think of a slogan but I'm picturing a large castle with pictures of your "royalty". Or you could use crowns and tiaras. I'm not sure about the dragon idea I just mentioned, but if you wanted fanciful creatures you could use them and unicorns. Can you yell I have a 2 1/2 year old who is really into Cinderella right now?:rolleyes: Hope this helps.
     
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    Underdog (from the movie) in his cape flying -"soar to success in 2nd grade"
     
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    I love all of these ideas!!! My school is doing a Cowboy/Western theme and I am having a hard time coming up with a cute saying!!
    Any ideas??
     
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    Such great ideas.. I have not picked one yet!
     
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    back to school

    Check the Oriental Trading Company catalog or website - they have them
     
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    Definitely not a dumb idea. It's really cute especially for the really young ones. I was just on the Teaching Stuff site and they have a bulletin board set on sale you might want to look it (ideas maybe). I can't think of any sayings off the top of my head, but I'll find the Copycat I was looking at the other day and let you know if I find something in there.
     
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    back to school

    Bummer is right! In fact the fire marshall told one elementary school that they have too many books in their classroom......:eek:
     
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    My Schools name has "farm" in it so I am thinking of doing a farm theme for 1st grade. Any ideas on a slogan? Thanks!!
     
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    How about "Wecome to a Dog-gone Great Class!" I'm not that great at coming up with catchy slogans.:sorry:
     
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    I found some ideas in an old Copycat.

    They have the kids follow a banana trail to class. The door covered with a giant monkey in a T-shirt that says Welcome that looks like it is hanging from a sign that says "Go Bananas for 2nd Grade!" at the top of the door. The monkey is surrounded by bananas with the kids names. Also they have name plates for desks with monkeys and bananas on them. Instead of a student of the week you could have a weekly "Top Banana." I don't know if the link is any good, but they say if you go to www.copycatpress.com you can download monkey patterns. They also have some monkey fingerplays, games and jokes that I'd be happy to pass along if you want them (just PM me and I'll send them straight to you as a word file.)

    Have a great year!
     
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    Hi
    I'm a 1st yr teacher in OKC and our theme for the 1st 1/2 of the yr is the Centennial. Any ideas/suggestions would be appreciated. Where did you purchase the OK Statehood Bulletin Board stuff? I would really love to have it.
    Thanks
     
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    CALL the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Dept.
    1-800-652-6552 - they will give you one OKLA Centennial Teacher packet with a wonderful DVD!!:)
     
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    Sounds like a perfect setting for a circus!!!:D
     
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    Ok, reading this I have become inspired. I teach high school so we don't use school themes or even classroom themes. However, I teach Special Ed. so this seems like something I could use. Any ideas for high school-aged rooms?

    I thought about the "Schultz Philosophy".
     
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    I'm thinking about a detective theme. Their open house scavenger hunt would be set up like a mystery. Bookmarks with reading strategies will be shaped like a magnifying glass 'searching for meaning'. AR points will move them to a higher detective level. OR I may switch this to a treasure hunter theme - their names would be on different jewel shapes.
     
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    Paintbrush with colors

    One of the 1st grade teachers at my school just created bulletin board with a giant paintbrush on one side and color splatters that have each child's name on them. Its really cute. She doesn't have a saying or a border yet, but I thought of you! :)
     
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    Really Stupid Question!!

    I just wanted to know what is the bulletin board background made out of and where do I get it from? sorry :unsure:
     
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    2tired2teach: At our preschool we had a teacher who did the circus theme and it was adorable. She put a bunch of die cut balloons on the door with kids names, tied ribbon to each one.... said something about "Ms ____ bunch". Then she made circus tent style curtains over the door, adorable. Hard to explain.... there was a peak at the top in the middle, like a circus tent... then the curtains hung down by the door and she had them pinned back with ribbons on each side. Very very cute!!

    I don't have a "theme", but I do decorate mostly with the "stick kids". If you've seen them on stuff? (bulletin board sets, abc sets, border, stickers, etc ... ) I scan them into my computer and then make even more stuff with them. (name tags, desk plates, etc...) I have kids faces (made from paper to look like different stick kids with different features) on the door with the kids names just scattered around. Then it says "Short, long, curly, straight, Ms. ____ class sure is great"
     
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    My school has rolls of butcher block paper that I use as the background. We have a variety of colors to choose from. Then I use whatever bulletin border matches my theme, along with block letters from our Ellison machine. Hope that helps!

    PS- I've even seen people use fabric or pieces of large construction paper taped or laminated together:)
     
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    Fabric works great and doesn't fade, you need to be able to staple it up though. It's a little heavy. I've done this before.
     
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    Check with your school on this though. I'm doing this, but I have to buy spray on fire repellent stuff because of fire codes. So check with your principal to see if it's okay.
     
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    Just want to say thank you for all of the great dog ideas. I was going to go with "putting our best paw forward in 2nd grade", however I just read the "Paws"itively Awesome Class" and now I think I might use that instead. (thank you anniefan)

    Susieq, where in Kansas do you live?
     
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    Turtles

    I want to do my theme about turtles. Is this a good theme? What all can I do with turtles in my room. How can I display my turtle theme. I would greatly appreaciate any ideas.
     
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    How about
    "MOOving into 1st grade"?
     
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    Very cute! How about "Come out of your Shell" for a student of the week board? I also found a cute turtle graphic one year and we added those shapes on his shell as we met a goal/behaved etc. You could also find a good graphic or pic, name her/him and make him the mascot for your class. Isn't there a Dr. Seuss book, Yertle the Turtle?
     
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    Shultz University?
     
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    I thought she meant Charles Schultz, as in the Peanuts... there is that song Sally sings, "My Philosophy."
     
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    I just called the number and the guy that answered acted like he had never heard of the centennial packet. He kept asking where had I heard of it? Who had told me about it? What was supposed to be in it?
    Is this supposed to be some big secret? I thought that it was for teachers to use in their classroom.
    He said that he would send me what they normally send to teachers.
    If you know of the secret password to get the top secret Centennial packet let me know. Thanks.
     
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    No...Charles Schultz. He created Peanuts.

    Here is the philospphy:
    1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

    2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

    3. Name t he last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

    4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

    5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

    6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

    How did you do?

    The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.

    These are no second-rate achievers.

    They are the best in their fields.

    But the applause dies.

    Awards tarnish.

    Achievements are forgotten.

    Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

    Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

    1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

    2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

    3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

    4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

    5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

    Easier?

    The lesson:

    The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials...
    the most money...
    or the most awards.
    They are simply the ones that care the most.

    I teach high school special ed so I thought that this bulletin board would mean a lot. Plus, who doesn't love Snoopy and his friends? I painted my room blue (which was a WHOLE issue in itself :lol: ) and I put up black bulletin boards with red trim. I bought a Peanuts coloring book and have started coloring the pics. and laminating them. Also, I plan to buy a Snoopy clock and paper, etc...

    Is it too much for high school? Or, do you think the kids would appreciate it? All of the other rooms are "Wayne County Beige"....literally!
     
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    Haha sounds cute! I actually decided to go with

    "Life is Sweet in Mrs. Nickle's First Grade Class"

    I will have cupcakes (found awesome cut outs) with each student's name on a cupcake!!
     
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    From my last post you know that I'm using the saying: Paws
    'itively Awesome class, I'm wondering if I should write Paws"itively An Awesome class, or my husband thinks I should write A Paws"itively Awesome Class. What do you think?
     
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    My theme is , 3rd grade is out of this world. I got space wallies form the dollar store for my outside BB. Inside BB has white fabric with multi-colored stars all over, kid looking. The border is star student. We'll start science with the space unit. I also got space clings for my door. Simple. I'll have almost all boys, so that was a consideration, too.
     
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