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This year our principal has chosen the jungle theme and I need help with some cute but simple ideas. I have been moved to first grade this year, by the way this is my 3rd year teaching. Also, I really would like some jungle theme bulletin board ideas that are reading related. I also was trying to think of a set up for the reading area/library that's related to the theme. Please give me any idea related to this theme.


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The first thing that comes to my mind with the jungle are monkeys.
I think it is important to a theme mascot. Since Curious George was just in the movies last year you could do alot with the Monkeys.
Our Monkey business is learning,
Be a Curious George.
Swinging into Reading
Peel open a book . Have a book but have a banana covering.
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Go to the archives and type in jungle or safari theme. There are probably a hundred posts.
I do a jungle theme and I teach reading for 6th grade.

I have Wild About Reading on my door and monkeys in safari hats and cars with the kids names on them. (yes they still like this)

I have a board called Wild about authors and I have jungle border with flowers, frogs and lizards. It has pictures and interviews of authors.

I have a bulletin board that has a large explorer guy and zebra print letters that say, " Explore Good Reading Strategies"

I have cheetah print fans on the wall and "Spotted, Great Work" for displaying the students work.

Can you survive these great books? And a list of survival type books the students can find in my library or the school library.

I have monkeys and No monkeying around by the rules board, and information hut with the calendar, it is just straw glued to a cut out hut, etc.

But look in the other posts and you will find things more appropriate for the smaller kids.
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Yes, there are tons of ideas in the archives. I'm doing a jungle theme this year, and I've taken many ideas from this board. Here are a few things I'm doing:

*Door - make a tree out of bulletin board paper and put paper monkeys on it with each child's name (you can find a monkey tablet at teacher stores if you don't want to print them out). Write "Swinging into 1st grade" above the door.
*Information Hut - same idea that arteacher said - with my calendar, menu, weekly newsletter, etc...
*Job Chart - says "jungle jobs" at the top
*Word wall - "wild about words" with an animal at the corner of each list (or put them in boxes using animal print bulletin board border)
*Reading Corner - twist brown bulletin board paper to make vines. You can add plastic greenery and flowers to lay across them. I have animal print curtains and body hug pillows (Walmart sells them for $8. each) to sit on.
*Put lots of plants (artificial if you're worried about dirt spills) around the room, or especially near the reading corner.
*Tables - to cover tables you can visit the $1. table at Walmart for animal print material. Hot glue it around the edge of the table (or add elastic if you can sew) so you can use the underneath part for storage.
*If you're doing a postcard exchange, have animal pawprints and say "making tracks across the U.S." then have a giant US map with animal print border along the edge.
*Put stuffed or inflated animals on top of cubbies to decorate.

That's all I'm remembering right now, but maybe that triggers your creativity for more.
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All ideas are great! Thanks alot!!


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How did you design your jungle jobs board? I have been searching teacher's stores to find animal cutouts but they are all so large. I would welcome any ideas.
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I like your ideas, is this appropriate for 3rd grade?
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WOW!!! What some wonderufl creative ideas!!! We have some creative teachers out there!!! I will be using some of the ideas. What about piggyback songs to go with the theme.

I Went to the Jungle One Day
(Sung To: "London Bridge")


I went to the jungle one-day, jungle one day, jungle one-day
I saw a monkey on the way and this is what he said, "oh-oh-oh-oh"
I went to the jungle one-day, jungle one day, jungle one-day
I saw a lion on the way and this is what he said, "roar"
went to the jungle one-day, jungle one day, jungle one-day
I saw a snake on the way and this is what he said, "hiss"

Do You Know the Jungle Animals
(Sung to: "The Muffin Man")

Do you know the slimy snake, the slimy snake, the slimy snake
Oh do you know the slimy snake that lives deep in the jungle?
Do you know the chimpanzee, the chimpanzee, the chimpanzee
Oh do you know the chimpanzee that lives deep in the jungle?
Do you know the wildebeest, the wildebeest, the wildebeest
Oh do you know the wildebeest that lives deep in the jungle?
Do you know the crocodile, the crocodile, the crocodile
Oh do you know the crocodile that lives deep in the jungle?
Do you know the mountain lion, the mountain lion, the mountain lion
Oh do you know the mountain lion that lives deep in the jungle?

Note: Add Additional Animals


I'm a Little Zebra
(Sung To: "I'm a Little Teapot")
Submitted by Susan
I'm a little zebra white and black
With a bush mane running down my back
I like to gallop and run and play
Out on the African plains all day.



Monkey See, Monkey Do

The monkey stomp, stomps, stomps his feet
The monkey stomp, stomps, stomps his feet
Monkey see, monkey do
The monkey does the same as you!
The monkey claps, claps, claps his hands
The monkey claps, claps, claps his hands
Monkey see, monkey do
The monkey does the same as you!
The monkey covers, covers, covers his eyes
The monkey covers, covers, covers his eyes
Monkey see, monkey do
The monkey does the same as you!
The monkey jumps, jumps, jumps up and down
The monkey jumps, jumps, jumps up and down
Monkey see, monkey do
The monkey does the same as you!

Note: Add additional verses (sits down, stands up, turns around, etc)



Tigers and Lions
(Sung To: "London Bridge")

Lions and tigers come out to play, out to play, out to play,
Lions and tigers come out to play, Tigers and lions
Lions stand up and tigers sit down, tigers sit down, tigers sit down,
Lions stand up and tigers sit down Lions and tigers!
Tigers all walk and lions jog, Tigers all walk and lions jog
Tigers all walk and lions jog, Lions and tigers
Lions twist and tigers hop, Lions twist and tigers ho
Lions twist and tigers hop, Lions and tigers.



I'm a Little Monkey
(Sung To: "I'm a Little Teapot")

I'm a little monkey in the tree,
Swinging by my tail so merrily
I can leap and fly from tree to tree
I have lots of fun you see.
I'm a little monkey watch me play
Munching on bananas every day
Lots of monkey friends to play with me
We have fun up in the tree.



The Animals In the Jungle Say
(Sung To: "The Wheels on the Bus")

The parrots in the jungle say squawk, squawk, squawk,
Squawk, squawk, squawk, squawk, squawk, squawk,
The parrots in the jungle say squawk, squawk, squawk, all day long
The monkeys in the jungle say ooh, ooh, ooh, all day long.
The monkeys in the jungle say ooh, ooh, ooh,
ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh,
The monkeys in the jungle say ooh, ooh, ooh, all day long.
The tigers in the jungle say grrr, grrr, grr,
grrr, grrr, grr, grrr, grrr, grr,
The tigers in the jungle say grrr, grrr, grr, all day long.

I'm A Lion
(Sung to: "Three Blind Mice")

I'm a lion, I'm a lion
Hear me roar, hear me roar
I love to sleep out in the sun
And chase other animals just for fun
In all the jungle I'm Number One, I'm a lion

Down In The Jungle
(chant)

Down in the jungle with the beat in your feet,
Think of an animal that you'd like to meet.
That you'd like to meet (have a child yell out an animal name)
A (Lion), A (Lion) She wants to see a (Lion)!
Note: continue the chant until everyone has had a chance to name an animal

Five Little Monkeys in a Tree

Five little monkeys swinging in a tree,
Teasing the alligators, you can catch me, you can catch me....
Along came a alligator quiet as can be.......
And snapped that monkey right out of that tree!
Four little monkeys swinging in a tree,
Teasing the alligators, you can catch me, you can catch me....
Along came a alligator quiet as can be.......
And snapped that monkey right out of that tree!

Three little monkeys swinging in a tree,
Teasing the alligators, you can catch me, you can catch me....
Along came a alligator quiet as can be.......
And snapped that monkey right out of that tree!

Two little monkeys swinging in a tree,
Teasing the alligators, you can catch me, you can catch me....
Along came a alligator quiet as can be.......
And snapped that monkey right out of that tree!

One little monkey swinging in a tree,
Teasing the alligators, you can catch me, you can catch me....
Along came a alligator quiet as can be.......
And snapped that monkey right out of that tree!
No little monkeys swinging in a tree


Underneath the Monkey Tree

Come and play a while with me, Underneath the monkey tree.
Monkey See and Monkey Do, Just like monkeys in the zoo.
Swing your tail, one, two, three, Underneath the monkey tree.
Monkey See and Monkey Do, Just like monkeys in the zoo.
Jump around and smile like me, Underneath the monkey tree.
Monkey See and Monkey Do, Just like monkeys in the



Alligator on a Log

There once was an alligator sitting on a log,
Down in the pool he saw a little frog
In jumped the alligator, and around went the log
Splash went the water, and away swam the frog



Alligator Noise

(Softly) Alligator (Make alligator mouth with fingers)
Looking for some food in the morning
(Louder) Alligator (Make alligator mouth with hands)
Looking for some food in the morning
(Louder) Alligator (Make alligator mouth with arms)
Looking for some food in the morning
Three Layers in the Jungle
(Sung To: "If Your Happy and You Know It")
There are three layers in the Jungle, Yes indeed.
There are three layers in the Jungle, Yes indeed.
The Emergents, Canopy, and the Understory.
There are three layers in the Jungle, Yes indeed!


Jello Jungle Animals

Children can make jello jungle animal figures, this way they can see the process the jello takes(liquid to solid)
materials are jello, cookie cutters, cookie sheet and a bowl for mixing. Also, a paper plate can be decorated with the jungle jello animal for presentation.
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