I always recommend sports for that age group. You can include different ones, and even dance and cheerleading. If you have groups, you can let them pick team names. Put up pennants on the wall with rules. There are lots of banners with sports-themed sayings.
Whatever you do don't think anything is too juvenile. My Principal was flip flopping me between 4th and looping into 5th grade for next year (settling on 4th), I was going to use a colorful smiley face theme. Or think about candy.... recreate poster board size packages of candy bars and lifesavers. This past year we had an ice cream parlor theme. (Miss Williams 31 Flavors). Since I am keeping fourth grade I decided to go with a Monkeys/ jungle theme. I usually use Oriental Trading Co. catalogue for inspiration and a good artsy craft for the first week.
I posted this under bulletin board themes but it occured to me it was perfect for you!
I did this one with of all things a 5th grade self-contained group. Well I took coloring book pages and I made poster size versions of Underdog, Instpector gadget, Powder Puff Girls Mario Bros, and spiderman (warning too much detail). Just Google the character you want coloring pages... Oh and then also make the POW and Bang popart like on the batman tv shows. Way Cool! You should find plenty of Super hero stuff because they are so popular. You can also have writing prompts that reflect the themes. Example: If you were a Super hero what would you be called? What would your powers be? or compare and contrast real heros and comic book heros.
PS my girls were kind of upset... I did not choose an equal amount of female heros. Next time I do this theme I plan to make a few more female heros.
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Thanks so much for the awesome ideas...I love the super hero idea...I never thought of that!! I might have to start looking into that one a bit more...I love the Oriental Trading magazine too...in fact I just looked through one tonight. There was a really cute director's thing...the thing they click down when they say "take one, action" and I thought maybe a hollywood theme...but I'm stuck with that....I don't know what I'd do with a hollywood theme!! But, thanks for getting me at least started in a direction!!!
I am going to design my classroom using the whole jungle/tribal theme. In Texas, we are concentrating heavily on science, reading and math- so, I will create challenges based on my TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) /TAKS objectives from each of those areas.
I will have the students name their tribes- make tribal t-shirts. They will earn points based on the challenges- no points will be taken away.
I am in the pre-planning stage and have not thought all the way through this.
I did a search and found a few ideas using the Survivor theme.
I hope this helps- I am sorry that this is in the planning stage.
hi, just read your posting about survivor theme in your classroom, and wo9uld like to hear what you have come up with, i teach 5th grade in california and want to do this..i created a jungle in the corner...thank you. marsha
I am using the Hollywood theme this year. Our school is named Outley so I am calling it Outleywood! I have some pictures of myself with celebrities and some celebrities that I have met. I am allowing the kids to bring theirs in as well. Party City in Texas has Hollywood birthday things right now as well so I got some of them. I am also going to have the students put thier handprint on a star and place thier name and picture on it to use for the border of the outside bulletin board. I am teaching fourth grade so we are still going to do the "Star of the Week" that allows someone to be the Shining Star. If anyone else has any ideas please let me know!
I had my theme all worked out and ready. I have a lot of it already up in my room. Then, got an email from my principal saying I couldn't DO that theme, even though I told her about it over a month ago
Why? I chose "Pirates". You know, "Welcome Aboard"...excursions, adventures, exploration, etc. So, now I'm told I can't have any SKULL OR CROSSBONES, and no references to violence. I have probably 10 Jolly Roger flags that all have to come down, all my things with a skull saying "Welcome Aboard, Matey" and stuff like that have to come down, my favorite flag says "The Beatings will Continue Until Morale Improves" is a big NO NO. (I know nobody would think that is serious...) any references to "walking the plank" ...gone. Now, I have some inflatable fish and fishing net hanging from my celing, but I'm going to have to take down the flags, and figure something else out.
My first year teaching I did "groovin' into 5th grade". I taught math and science, so I had "peace love math" and then "psychadelic science" on a bulletin board and put pictures of my class doing different activities under each subject. You can go to an education store and buy tie-dye letters, and just make it all colorful. At hobby lobby they had hippy bandanas that I used as a table cloth.
Last year I had my theme as "5th grade is out of this world". I then went online and googled aliens and printed off cute little aliens as door decs and name cards. The girls were on colorful stars.
With the 5th grade a great "director's" theme would be something on the line of...."You are the director of your future." Have each student do a film reel strip of their lives from birth to current, then another activity could be to fill out a strip for what they hope for their future. You can tie in how behavior and attitude can change the "direction" of their lives..... These are just some ideas that popped into my head about this concept. I teach 5th grade and I actually like the idea. Could go several ways with it because most of these kids will be heading to middle school next year so spending the year focusing on how they are responsible for their future is a pretty good idea.
Hi, I had a cafe theme for my class (composite class year levels 5 to 9). Students prepared throughout the term to set up the class to be a cafe. They also applied for positions within the cafe (Literacy activities). Maths was an essential part in the project, where students handled money (basic operations such as addition and subtraction). Students used computers to design bills for the cafe, cash register and advertising media.
We invited community and parents for the opening day which was for 45 minutes. It was an excellent authentic learning opportunity for students.
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I have taught 5th & 6th grade for 4 years. I have found that they enjoyed decorations, bulletin boards, ect, that are geared toward older children and less toward younger elementary.
Pastels/Flowers/Butterflies (I had all girls one year)