Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Animal Kingdom = Jungle Themed Classroom

Although I am away on vacation, you are with me in spirit. Follow along with my daily itinerary and snag the deal of the day that relates to it.

As for the deal of the day:


Today we're getting wild at Animal Kingdom so what would be more fitting than rerunning my Jungle / Safari post (which incidentally is my all-time most popular post). I did this theme for the 10-11 school year.

My 50 Page Jungle-Safari 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.
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This was my classroom at the start of this school year.

I was able to find some borders and bulletin board items locally (Lakeshore, Staples and Dollar Tree) but I made a lot of the stuff myself. The things that I made can be found here: SAFARI / JUNGLE THEMED CLASSROOM PRINTABLES KIT


I've debated what to call this theme. I think I've decided to just call it a "wild animal" theme. I suppose jungle, safari, rainforest or adventure would also apply. The monkeys are my favorite part.




Reading Corner:
Construct a hut
Use animal print fabric to cover pillows

Add to the classroom
fake plants
stuffed animals

3D Elements
safari hats
binoculars
roll up green paper to make vines
or buy fake vine foliage (dollar stores often carry this)





Bulletin Board Titles/Ideas:

Welcome Boards
Swinging into ____Grade
Welcome to the Jungle
Beware: It's a Jungle in There
Rumble in the Jungle in ___ Grade
Welcome to __ Grrrrrrrrr-ade (with a lion image and tiger print letters)

Student Work
Wildly Wonderful Work
Work to Roar About
No Lion...This is Some Grrrrrrr-eat Work
ssssssss-ensational Work (with snakes)

Student of the Week
King/Queen of the Jungle
Top Cat
Top Banana

Job Chart
Spotted: Classroom Helpers
Hunting for Helpers
Jungle Jobs
Hopping Helpers (tree frogs)

Information Hut (attach rafia to the top of the board)

Birthday Board:
Born to Be Wild

Homework:
An Elephant Never Forgets

Science:
Science is about Exploring (binoculars)
Sssslither into Science (snake)

Any Board:
Wild About ______
Bananas Over _____
____ is Worth Roaring About
Making Tracks in _____







MISC
Use the song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" as a transition. Play it at the start of the day and let the class know they need to be unpacked and settled before it ends.

The Monkees Theme Song
George of the Jungle Theme Song

Use a large flower pot or coffee can, 6 foot PVC pipe (2 inches wide), plaster of paris, an umbrella, and green and brown paper. Mix plaster of paris according to directions and put into pot until it's almost full. After plaster has set for a few minutes, insert pipe in center of pot. Allow plaster to completely harden. Wrap the pipe in brown paper to resemble a tree trunk. Open the umbrella and put in the top of PVC pipe. Decorate with leaves made from green paper.

Another great way to make trees is to go to a fabric store and get the long cylinder tubes that fabric comes on. Cut it how tall you want your tree. Then get brown paper lunch sacks and cut the ends off. Stuff over the poles and squish down hard. This gives it the bark look. Then make your branches out of rolled and crunched brown butcher paper.

When you form groups in the classroom (cooperative learning/reading/tables) give them animal names.

Create a PRIDE board: Use a lion and let the kids hang up work they are proud.

If you do a communication folder/binder, call it The Jungle Book.

Go on Safari in other classrooms:

Monkey-Themed Classroom Photos: There's lots of stuff here that would be cute with the jungle theme.

Not only is this classroom tres chic, but it gets extra cool bonus point because everything is written in French. Madame McDonald teaches 4th grade in Canada. She did an amazing job of putting her jungle-themed classroom together.

I heart 3D elements. The safari hat is a great touch!
How lucky are her students to have this great spot for reading? Granted my one year of french back in 7th grade didn't exactly render me fluent, but I'm pretty sure that Hutte translates to hut. :)
It's amazing how something as simple as adding a little raffia skirt to a plant can make such a big impact. Looks great!
See more pictures of this creative classroom (view source).



This Jungle-Themed Kindergarten Classroom is a must-see...I heart the vines and leaves!
There are some cute die cuts in this room.



Oh my gosh...this door is a work of art!
It was created using rolls of animal print paper from Oriental Trading (source).

Jungle-Themed Classroom #1
This Kindergarten teacher has created a cozy reading nook. I love the leaves and vines in her room. View more pictures of her classroom (source)

Jungle-Themed Classroom #2

Jungle-Themed Classroom #3

Jungle-Themed Classroom #4 (I love the giraffe rug!)

Mrs. Johnson's Classroom

Mrs. Nielson sent me a message with a link to her classroom photos. I so heart that tree she made!
Pictures of Jungle Themed Classroom Jungle Theme{source for the next 5 photos}




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3 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing, my mind is now racing with ideas for next year! I have truly been inspired.

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  2. Wow! More great ideas for classroom set up! It is so fun to think about themes and classroom interior design.

    Sheila

    Sprinkle Teaching Magic

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