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Hello All,
Who has already planned ahead for next year? What theme will you be using in your classroom? I am thinking about doing owls despite the fact that they are creepy...lol. They do, however, leave room for a lot of creative ideas. I'm not certain if I'm going to do it though.


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I'm keeping the same theme :: travel!
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I was thinking about themes the other day, but had not decided yet.

I like MissHopeful's idea on travel being the theme!

I think our school's theme has something to do with "college and career ready" because that is the district's theme for next year... Not an easy theme for 1st grade though, so maybe travel will work with that too.
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So with the school theme, every teacher has to base their theme off of that?
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I'm probably going to continue my camping theme. I am moving to first after being in second and that's what I had been using.


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Our school voted on a theme this week. I haven't heard the results but I am pretty sure we will be doing the Ocean/Beach/Pirate theme. I am on the committee and most of us wanted to go with that.
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I'm intrigued by this! Can you be more specific on what you do with travel as a theme?
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:16 PM
 
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Travel theme:

You can do things with trains, planes, boats, hot air balloons etc
(The ABCs around the top of my whiteboard are on train cars, the students' attendance is on hot air balloons which float to 2 separate clouds. ETC)

You can do things with various countries and continents, geographical formations (mountains, volcanoes, etc) or maps

(I have students grouped into six tables which are labeled by continents and my guided reading table is antarctica . My whole group rug is a map of the world, I have a bench mod-podged with maps, which someone made for me as a gift - etc)

You can do things having to do with various cultures and languages too! I have a poster above my library that says hello in like 30 different languages.


When you learn about various topics, the students can be travelers or explorers - this really fits into science and social studies, but can lend itself to language and math too!
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We are going to have a "monstrously" good year in second grade next year!
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Savvy -
We have a "School Theme" which the Media Center and main areas around the school are decorated for the school theme. In our classrooms sometimes we decorate how we want to and sometimes we go along with the school theme - depending on what we can find to decorate the room with. Some of our school themes are "out there" and you really can't find anything to decorate with that will go along with it.
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Next year we will be farming in first
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Can you believe it? I am the only teacher in our school that does themes. It is just going against my grain to not theme the classroom! I have been in grade 2 for 3 years and am going to first grade this fall.
Anyway- I found the cutest 'bookbarn', on pinterest, for my husband to build. He built a small picnic table for me a few years ago when I did camping (I have kept this in the room). He made a castle loft for reading last year (fairy tales). A covered wagon for this year (westward ho). Finding the bookbarn was the magic spell for me! It will not be red like the photo on pinterest (no red in the room). My husband will make it out of reclaimed barn wood and will shelak it for no splinters.
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I'm doing Hollywood. Found a lot of cute stuff and ideas.
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Let's plan a travel theme together.
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I have always wanted to do a travel theme too. Something like "Around the World in 180 Days" August/September: Community/Johnny Appleseed (northeast), October: Spain, November: England/Plymouth, December/January: North and South Pole; ect.

Can anyone add anything?

I have also thought about First Grade Adventures and base adventures on pieces of literature.

It would also be neat to keep a journal or passport of adventures. Does this make any sense?
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