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New to 5th grade. Need ideas for decorating
Old 07-24-2012, 12:27 PM
 
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I will teaching 5th grade reading this year. This is my third year teaching. My first two years were as a 7th grade inclusion teacher. I am very excited (just found out I was chosen for the teaching position yesterday) but I have no idea what types of decoration for the room would go over well for fifth grade students. I do not want it to be too "young" for them. Personally, I like sunflowers, palm trees, and frogs. Any ideas will be appreciated.

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I teach 5th ELA
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Rock Stars
Super Stars
Colorful/rainbow colors on black
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I have pondered this as well. I was thinking of trying to go with a tropical/beachy theme. I've been buying things in a lot of bright neon colors and I'm thinking of making a trip to the party store to buy things to tape to the walls to make the room look festive and fun. Those stores are always packed with cool things you can put into your classroom.

A friend of mine is a technology resource teacher at the school I worked at previously and she decorated the lab with a "Hollywood" theme. I'm pretty sure she got everything at the party store as well.
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The Dollar Tree has a lot of tropical decorations. That's a great theme for fifth grade!
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I always liked College-Bound themes. It's also a political year so you could go that way. Walk into any teachers' store and you'll get confused and then finally make up your mind!! Just make sure it's something catchy for both genders.


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Old 07-24-2012, 04:36 PM
 
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I am doing polka dots in various colors. It is gender and grade neutral. I might add more later but I'm starting with dots.
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Old 07-24-2012, 04:42 PM
 
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5th graders like to think they are all grown up, but....they are only 11.

They like to be silly and goofy and they will like any theme/decorations that you like!
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Spots...
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I am also moving to 5th grade reading this year. I am doing a polka dot in bright colors theme and calling my room The Reading Spot! There is lots out there with polka dots right now.
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If You Like Palm Trees
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Why not do a beach theme- surf's up!

Or

You could do an island survival theme!

Lots of ideas here on these sites.

http://www.teachersclubhouse.com/classroomthemes.htm

http://www.teachingoasis.com/classroomthemes.htm
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As long as you stay away from themes like Bob the builder or Disney Princesses, they will like whatever you like.


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Travel Theme
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I always do a travel theme with my class. I have a ton of ideas if you'd like some. Travel goes very well with 5th Grade curriculum too.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:53 AM
 
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I taught 5th grade for 12 years--I've done afew different themes.---Hollywood, Detective, Frogs, Puzzle pieces. The favorite was probably Hollywood. I used the teachersclubhouse website.
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I have doing "spots" for three years in 5th ....At the beginning of the year, I have "This is the spot for you!" on my door,also.... "the write Spot", and a "Spotlight on learning"....
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:54 AM
 
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I think I am going to do red, white, and blue/ stars and stripes, etc. for the election year and Olympics
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I'm also doing polka dots. Must be hot right now- lots of stuff at the teacher stores with polka dots!
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I'm doing jungle/exlploration. A lot of trees/plants, animal print and natural elements, such as wood, straw, and bamboo.
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:47 PM
 
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I also teach 5th grade. Some ideas I have used in the past are Book Time Beach for my classroom library; Internet Island for my computer station. Welcome to Mrs. M's Learning Island. Hope this helps.
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Old 07-29-2012, 12:32 PM
 
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I used a car/traveling theme. On the board, I put cars with their names on it. It had a street sign with my name pointing one direction and 5th grade pointing the other way. Their name tags were license plates (I found a template online). The cubbies had green street signs with their names. I found some motivational road signs(ex: work zone) at a teacher supply store and posted them around the room. It looked great!
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I'm doing a superhero theme this year with 5th graders. This is my 18th year of full time teaching and wanted to do something different.
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Thank you all for the great ideas. I have decided on a jungle theme. I am going to put "Welcome to the Jungle" on the outside wall. I saw some monkey bulletin board items and thought they were cute. I am hoping to have vines and such over different areas in the room and maybe a tree on one wall. Not sure. Going to a teacher supply store tomorrow. Hope I don't get overwhelmed.
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There is a blog, schoolgirl style (found it on pinterest) that has a great jungle/animal theme that isn't gender specific. Good luck, this is also my first year teaching 5th grade.
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I am doing a travel theme this year. My first year in 5th grade. All my bulletin boards and displays have something to do with traveling. Visitor Information Center - mailboxes, calendars, absentee work; Avoid Road Rage - class rules, encouraging words, stars for students to fill out on their classmates when they catch them doing something good; Scrapbook - display all student work and student of the month; Rest Area - the reading center. I also put up posters about science, math, and language arts. I bought some pencil boxes from oriental trading and I will have them paint them the first couple days of school. I also found an idea about getting some small pizza boxes from a pizza restaurant and making suitcases for students to put work in (like a time capsule). I hope it all goes great! I am in a portable so I don't have much storage space. So lots of things have to be just put up on the walls.
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I would love to read about your travel theme. This is my first year in 5th Grade and I am doing the travel theme too. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:14 PM
 
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I am keeping my owls from 4th grade. I love them.
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I really like that idea. This is my first time teaching grade 5, I have been in grade 3 for the past 4 years. I think this is what I might go with. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Fifth graders like EVERYTHING. I've had dogs, dots, apples, and many more. We have Peanuts right now and the kids really love it. Good luck with fifth grade.
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