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I am thinking of having a farm theme in my classroom this year. My teaching partner likes the farm theme; therefore, I would like to make it work. I'm just struggling with ideas that are not too preschool. In the past, I have had the following themes: frogs, camping, Hawaiian, polka dot. Originially I had thought about going back to the camping or maybe having a garden/bug theme. I teach third grade and want to tie the theme easily with content. I want my theme to be a cute way to showcase content (For example, we read Charlotte's Web as a class). I don't want it to take away from the content. I would greatly appreciate ideas and feedback. Thanks in advance for your time.


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How about
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a farm/ranch with a few farm animal decorations (pig, spider web, ducks, etc.), but more of a play in a ranch with cowboys/girls and horses? This might lead to "older" ideas for 3rd grade.

If you like this idea, let me know and I will roll with it. I can help you come up with more specific ideas then.

Or you could just focus on pigs and your neighboring teacher a different animal. I think 3rd graders would find pigs funny.
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Just Pigs
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I didn't do an extensive search, but fell on this just a moment ago...
Reading board: Make stacks of pigs. Title it "Pile O' Pigs!" For each ten books, they earn a pig. Stand them on the other pigs back. Then they
could see who has the highest pig tower.

Good Work: "Ms. /Mr. ___ is HOGGING all the good work!"
Behavior Managment: Make a big pond where all the "piglets" are. If they get a warning, they move their pig to the edge of the pond. If they get in trouble again, they move their pig out of the pond. The final time, they send their pig to the barn.
Helper Board: Make little corn on


the cobs for the job names and give each student a little pig with their name to rotate. "Jobs on the Cobs" came to mind first, but really just made me laugh... how about "
Year-Long Project: With everyone doing Flat Stanley now, I am going to create a rhinoceros called "Runner the Rhino" who is going to run all over the U.S. via mail and e-mail to teach the kids about geography. How about the same project for you only call him "Rooter-The Pig on the Run" because pigs root around so much. He could root around the U.S. finding out info. Put up a map in your classroom and pin tiny paper pigs where Rooter has gone.
Welcome board: This is kinda crazy, but what about "Lots of Pig-caso" (like Picasso) Give every student a blank pig to decorate with the design of their choice. It might be fun to see what they come up with. They can sign their name below their pig.
Nametags: Use clipart and put a big pig with the students names.
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I think I will have to go this route. I love the ideas of the horses and ranch! I look forward to hearing your ideas. Thanks!
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Here is a link to a Charlotte's Web Theme (3rd grade also)

http://tiny.cc/ep29h

The farm theme also lends itself to a cowboy/western theme emphasis

http://tiny.cc/yuio4

Such fun options! Have a blast with it.

I would look for a big pair of overalls and a plaid shirt this summer. Have the kids put them on over their clothes, put a little hay in the pocket and take pictures for a bulletin board.

Also, look up cow themes and maybe that would give you some ideas. I tried to talk my teaching partner into a farm theme, but we are going with the jungle.


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What about some of these ideas...?
Old 06-15-2010, 05:39 PM
 
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Doorway
Barn Doors-use cardboard around doors or buy from one of the sites below

Birthday
We Herd it’s Your Birthday (horse cut outs or other farm animal herd)

Lunch Count
Got Lunch? Cow Fabric on one bulletin board

Word Study
Word Round Up-lasso around the border of your word wall

Social Studies
Galloping Into History

Science
Kick Up Your Heels for Science

Writing
WRITE em’ Cowboy

Reading
Reading Ranch

Displaying Work
Hats off to Ms. ______ Class-cowboy hats or Work Worth Hootin’ and Hollerin’ About

Jobs
These Boots Were Made for Working-cowboy boot cutouts with student names/or jobs listed or Ranch Hands

Morning Check In/Attendance:
Howdy Partner

Behavior-clip system
Don’t Get Booted
Green Pasture-start
Buck Up-warning
Corralled-time out
Lassoed-loss of privilege
Booted-office (referral) and/or note home

Newsletter
Rootin’ Tootin’ News

Binders/Notebooks
FARM-Fully Achieving Responsible Management
HORSE-Happy Ready Responsible Students Everyday

Misc: Yee-haw, Barrel, bandanas, spurs, chaps, guys, and gals

Western/Cowboy Theme-http://www.teachersclubhouse.com/western.htm and
http://www.fundraiseralley.com/teachers/western.html

Read more: Western Theme Ideas for the Classroom | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_5839027_western-theme-ideas-classroom.html#ixzz0qyPcuUpc

Also visit oriental trading company and party cheap-two of my favorite/cheap class decor. sites
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Just got an idea
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What about using bales of hay for reading spots in your class library?!?
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Love your ideas!!!!
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You are the BEST, IndyRae!! Thank you so MUCH! I am ready to get busy thanks to you!
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Awesome Websites!
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Thanks Scraphappy for the wonderful sites! You helped me out tremendously!
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