Thursday, June 30, 2011

Groovy 70s Themed Classrooms

Throughout the month of June, I am going to run a Classroom Theme Series and 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 feeling groovy with a 70s theme!

I definitely met my match on this theme. It was very hard to find resources to use, but I came up with a few ideas. If you have any pictures you would like featured or know of any you want to share let me know and I'll update this page. You can email me at littlestlearners at gmail dot com.

As I was thinking about it, I thought it might be fun to incorporate some of the things that were popular in the 70s, but have come around again...like the Smurfs. Here are some Smurf ideas. Gosh, I loved the smurfs.

Perhaps you could do a play on the Brady Bunch and create a bulletin board with the kids looking up, down, left, right and place them on a grid titled the "(Your Last Name) Bunch"

Billo is a great 70s style font that you can download free from dafont.




BULLETIN BOARD IDEAS:
Use tye-dye fabric as the background. If it were me, I would buy a white sheet and tye-dye it.
Use album covers from 70s artists
Buy a large piece of suede

BORDER:
fringe
beads
WELCOME BOARD:
“Hustle” in to __’s Class”
Welcome to Mr./Mrs. ______’s Crib
A Groovy Class
STUDENT WORK BOARD:
Work That Sparkles (w/ disco ball)
Far Out Work
I “Lava” This Work (with lava lamps)
Can You Dig it?
Dy-No-Mite
Groovy Grammar
Saturday “Write” Fever
Right On Reading
“Write” On
On the “Write” Track using 8 tracks
JOB BOARD: Hip Helpers
Hang beaded curtains.
Add beanbags to the classroom.
Add a few lava lamps to the classroom.

Carson-Dellosa's Paisley Border



READY LETTERS

70s theme classroom ideas ideas for a 70s classroom theme pictures of a 70s theme classroom classroom themes

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Dr. Seuss Theme Classroom


I have had so many requests from teachers who are interested in using a "Dr. Seuss" theme in their classrooms. Because Dr. Seuss is protected by copyright, I am not able to honor those requests and create products using specific images or phrases. Instead I have compiled ideas that can be used and created a Whimsy-Themed Classroom Essential Bundle that consists solely of colors that will complement a Dr. Seuss themed classroom. You could easily pair the components of this bundle with books and artifacts to create a customized classroom to meet your vision.






BACKGROUNDS:
  • fabric or paper in bright, primary colors

BORDERS:
  • red and white striped ribbons
  • polka dotted ribbons or trims

TITLE SUGGESTIONS:
  • Hats off to a Great Class (w/ photos of students in red/white striped hats)
  • Oh the Places You'll Go 
ADDING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING WILL HELP ENHANCE YOUR THEME:
  • Use actual book covers on bulletin boards as they relate to the topic (i.e. One Fish, Two Fish for math, Happy Birthday to You for a Birthday Board, If I Ran the Zoo for a Job Board
  • Incorporate quotes from Dr. Seuss books throughout the classroom.
This bundle contains 34 coordinating products that will allow you to design an amazing, personalized beach themed classroom for very little cost. The bundle includes several editable files so you may use your own fonts and colors to customize nameplates, cubby labels, name tags, binder covers, newsletters, dismissal cards, schedule cards and more. You'll receive all of the items shown below:
 

 

Click to visit the Classroom Themes Page featuring free ideas for almost 40 of the most popular classroom themes and color schemes.

Improve your classroom organization, management and teaching with: 


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Clutter - Free Classroom Decor Color Scheme Printables Design Decorations Set-Up Patterns Organized Organization Bulletin Boards Back to School Name tags Desk plates Editable polka dots chevron red orange yellow green blue purple hot pink aqua lime black grey gray white stripes theme supply labels behavior clip chart schedule cards numbers calendar clock helper teacher binder lesson plans alphabet ten frames word wall basket labels table team work dismissal chart cards where are we specialists welcome pennant clip art math resources book Classroom Organization Management Decor Design Photos Pictures Math Workshop Guided Math Workstations hall passes  school day tracker math focus wall colors days of the week tooth tally binder cover newsletter teaching strategies classroom themes 




Are You Ready to Get Your Seuss On?

That whole Read Across America and eat cake (and green eggs and ham) in honor of Theodor Geisel always sneaks up on me.

Probably because February is already so short and then we have a vacation week thrown in and then Seuss Day happens just as soon as your turn the calendar to March.

Well this year I'm ready.

I don't have a tall red and white striped hat and you couldn't pay me enough to eat scrambled eggs died green with food coloring because even though I KNOW it is food coloring it is still really, really gross.

But, I do have some Seuss worked into my plans.

Now I know you might be thinking, "but, you teach 3rd! How are you working Dr. Seuss into 3rd grade?"

Magically the stars aligned.

Our current social studies concept is "Biographies of Famous People from Massachusetts" and lo and behold Dr. Seuss is included on the list of figures that the state has deemed worthy of our attention. So I'll be using a few of the activities in my Biography Packet to focus on him.

We also need to teach a bit about economics and supply and demand...oh and plants. Hello Lorax!

If you didn't read my lengthy Lorax post with ideas specific to the book you canfind it here.


This is one of my writing packets. It includes 15 pages of printable pages differentiated for grades K-5. There are 4 full color pages to use as bulletin board titles and/or class book covers.




You can purchase it by itself by clicking here or as part of my February/March Writing Project Packet which includes 6 kits for just a little over $2.00 each.

A HUGE Thanks to Debi from Just 4 Teachers for emailing me pics from her adorable "Seussical" classroom to share with all of you. She has a great Seuss binder resource available on her blog. Check it out here.
















Dr. Seuss Quotes...These would make great bulletin board titles.








Get your craft on...Seuss Style {source}







The following 2 pics are from The Joy of First Grade. She also has some teaching ideas for Dr. Seuss.




I can't put into words how much I heart these. I would use them with a student work display and leave them up all year.




The image above is from a site that I have no affiliation with, nor have I even ever ordered anything from, but they had a bunch of Dr. Seuss themed classroom items. Check it out here.




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