Thursday, June 7, 2012

Jungle Safari Classroom Theme {2012 Edition}


I've created a collection of printable resource packets for you to use in your classroom. Combined they have everything you could possibly need (with the exception of bulletin board borders and background paper/fabric) to create a wonderful jungle / safari theme learning environment. Be sure to check out:


    My 50 Page Jungle-Safari Themed Classroom Kit. It includes all of the following items shown in the sample picture below, plus more! Click here to view the kit.

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    In addition to my best-selling packet above, I've created all of these new resources for 2012. {CLICK HERE to see /  all of my Jungle Themed Products Together on one page}

     JUNGLE THEMED WORD WALL SET - click to purchase


    JUNGLE THEMED BASKET LABELS - click to purchase 


    JUNGLE THEMED WORD JOB CARDS - click to purchase

    JUNGLE THEMED MULTIPURPOSE LABELS / TAGS- click to purchase

    JUNGLE THEMED NUMBER CARDS / CALENDAR PIECES - click to purchase

    JUNGLE THEMED WELCOME BANNER / CUSTOM - click to purchase

    JUNGLE THEMED NAMEPLATES - click to purchase


    JUNGLE THEMED DECORATIVE PENNANT BANNER - click to purchase



    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.




    I love how Christie did an all-out Zebra print theme with black and white accents and through in some pink to create a fabulous look that is neat and organized at the same time.
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    Katie made some great zebra print milkcrates that also add a splash of color.

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    I adore her "Vine" border (great 3D effect)  and "Deanna Tree."

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    If you are looking to make your own awesome palm tree to go with a jungle or beach theme, be sure to stop by Deanna's blog.  She graciously shared the directions for making the tree...and bonus...it seems pretty simple.

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     A jungle cruise...too cute! 
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    This teacher created a secret storage area by handging paper she transformed into zebra print.  This would be a great way to make a huge impact in your classroom for very little money. You could use a sheet or paper. 
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    9 comments:

    1. So cute! Will definitely be using some of these ideas in my Kindergarten classroom! :)

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    2. This is amazing! Do you happen to have an Owl theme? Thank you!
      Kristina
      Kclark@bataviacsd.org

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    3. Super cute! I always love checking out the various themes you feature. It almost makes me want to change mine out every year, but the storage and time make me think other wise :) I also wanted to let you know that I featured your math work station ideas on my blog. Check it out.
      Allison
      www.room-mom101.blogspot.com

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    4. Where have you been all my bloggy life? LOVE your blog and can't wait to dig around!!

      Heather
      Peacocks and Penguins - 4th Grade

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    5. I'm glad you liked my zebra wall. I love getting ideas from your blog and I was happily surprised to see you used it as an inspiration. :-)

      Dana

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