Saturday, June 4, 2011

Cowboy / Western Theme

Throughout the month of June, I am going to run aClassroom Theme Seriesand feature a different popular classroom theme each day. Themes are a great way to tie everything in your classroom together...you just have to be careful not to let them clutter your classroom :) Today we are going to Boot Scoot our way through ideas and pictures for a Cowboy / Western Theme!



My 40 Page Western-Cowboy Themed Classroom Kit is now available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. It includes all of the following items shown in the sample pictures below, plus more! Click here to view the kit.

Howdy Y'all! The pictures below are of my classroom when I used a western/cowboy theme.

I've gathered some ideas and links for you to get your classroom all "countrified."

BULLETIN BOARD IDEAS

BULLETIN BOARD BACKGROUNDS
  • bandana fabric
  • denim
  • red/white checkered fabric
  • cow print
  • burlap
  • flannel
3D BORDERS
  • rope
  • raffia twisted to look like hay
  • cactus or boot lights (available at party stores or online)
3D ELEMENTS TO ADD
  • cowboy hats
  • boots
  • metal tins/buckets (great for pencils/supplies)
  • horseshoes
  • Sheriff badges (often sold at a dollar store)


BULLETIN BOARD TITLE IDEAS
  • Lasso a Good Book
  • Rounding Up _______
  • Rootin’ Tootin’ ______
  • Roping Up _______
  • Write ‘Em Cowboy
  • Work Worth Hootin’ and Hollerin’ About
  • Wanted: ______
  • Best in the West
  • Howdy Partners (I used this for the board that I assign partners with)
  • The Word Herd (word wall)
  • Have You “Herd” About _____
  • Kick Up Your Heels for _____ (with boots)
  • Blue Ribbon Work (cow print fabric with blue ribbons as name tags)
  • Reading Rodeo
  • The Posse (class pics)
  • Birthday Buckeroos
  • Galloping Into ___ Grade (pics of kids on stick horses)
  • Happy Trails (Dismissal/How Do We Get Home Chart)
JOB CHART IDEAS
  • Ranch Hands
  • These Boots Are Made for Working
  • Wanted: Hard Workers

TITLES FOR CLASSROOM JOBS
  • Teacher: Sheriff
  • Helper of the Day/Week: Deputy
  • Supplies: Wranglers
  • Lunch Helper: Chuck Wagon Workers
  • Messenger: Pony Express
  • Library Helpers: Pony Express

NEWSLETTER TITLES
  • The Tumbleweed Times
  • The Pony Express
  • Cowboy Chronicles
MISC IDEAS
Use fence posts to section off part of the classroom for group meetings and call it “The Class Corral”
Bring in actual logs for the kids to sit on for group or reading time.
Bring in bales of hay to sit on.
Have rolled up sleeping bags available for reading time.
Create a campfire (I used orange lights with colored gift packaging)
Take pictures of the kids wearing cowboy hats and bandanas.
Make a blank Wanted poster for each child that is larger than 8.5 x 11. Hang them up and let the kids display their work on it throughout the year. Title it, “Wanted: Good Work”
I do retired words each year. The year I did the western theme it was called “Words that Have Been Put Out to Pasture.”
If you do a classroom store as an incentive it can be called “The General Store.”
If you have any stables nearby, ask for empty grain bags. Wash them with a hose and dish soap. Stuff them and seal the tops. These make great decorative “pillows” for your reading area.

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The following seven images are from Mrs. Robertson's classroom. I love the bandanas and cowboy hats hanging on the walls. Her reading area is so stinking cute. I think she did an amazing job of going all out with a theme, but keeping the room organized and neat looking.







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Kristina contacted me to share the link to her classroom photos. I love how she created this theme:































The following 8 photos are from Mrs. Martin's class site.










Mrs. Bainbridge's Classroom: Scroll down to see some of her western items.

The Virtual Vine: This is more preK/Kish, but there are lots of ideas that could be adapted to a classroom theme.


Nancy Jang's Classroom: She blogs for scholastic. Last summer I nearly fell off my chair when she posted this entry that included myself in the same sentence as Beth Newingham. Seriously...my eyes bugged out and I was flattered beyond words.

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9 comments:

  1. Please, oh PLEASE say you are going to do a theme for Pirates!!! = )

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  2. @ Nicole: I'll taking on the Pirate theme on 6/26. The beach / tropical theme will have a few pirate items as well. http://clutterfreeclassroom.blogspot.com/p/classroom-themes.html

    :)

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  3. Yaaay!!! Thanks so much! so excited!!

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  4. This is so wonderful! I did a Western theme last year in my kindergarten class and it was fun. (I grew up in Colorado so I loved it.) I'm doing it again this year and these pictures have some great ideas. Thanks!

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  5. This is amazing! I am a first year teacher and I am thinking you have saved my life :) Thanks so much!!

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  6. Can anyone tell me why I can't get some of the pictures to load? I'm loving this theme and want to see all of the goodies! :)

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  7. I am having the same problem with the photos. I can see them on the other themes, but not on the western theme.

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  8. Where did you get all those great borders? I've seen some of them online, but not the jean or handkerchief looking ones. Thanks! These ideas are AMAZING!!

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