I once had an old fisherman in a rowboat out at sea. Below the boat I had a school of fish...each fish had a child's name...caught in a net. The caption was "What a Catch!"
Also once had a lighthouse bulletin board with beams of light each naming a good study skill. The caption for this was "Searching for Good Students". This could easily be adapted to most anything.
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I purchased a BB set from CM several years ago, it had a large ship and a sign that said welcome Aboard. I can't remember if it came with smaller pieces too. I created sail boats on my computer, laminated them and put each child's name on a boat. It was cute.
I am doing the nautical theme as well this year. I was on here looking for ideas and ran accross your post so I thought I'd let you know what I had come up with so far. I am going to paint a big ship and put a white sail on it. The children will be drawn in the ship and their names will be on their shirts. Coming out of the ship will be a tire on one side with a child swinging in it ove rthe water and an anchor on the other. A pretty big one. My slogan I think is going to be "Anchor yourself in 1st grade." I have made pennant flags for over my door out of foam sheets and I am going to a pawn shop where I spotted two captain's wheels. I picked up a couple of fishing nets at the beach as well and I am going to just see what I can come up with. I always give a little welcome treat at Open House so I thought I'd give them sailor hats. Hope this helps.
I am working on a sailing theme for this next year as well. I am doing a lot of blue, white and red but trying to not make it look too patriotic. I am incorporating blue and white polka dots and red and white polka dots with the theme. I know the Hobby Lobby here where I live has a lot of nautical themed stuff to maybe hang up in the room. I am waiting for it to go on sale though. If you are needing any other ideas think of using lighthouse as well. You can say "Lighting the way to success" or something like that on a bb.
Does anyone have any cute ideas for a reading corner? I like the Reading Marina or Reading Dock that was mentioned earlier but I have no clue on how to make it look like a dock or marina. I am not that crafty.
I'm a former merchant mariner on tall ships making the teaching switch, and couldn't give up the nautical ties. I am turning the classroom into a ship, renaming the parts of the class: port (left/red), starboard (right/green), forward, aft. Bulkheads (walls), sole (floor), head (bathroom). My desk in the back is the aft cabin.
Class activity to make a compass rose in the center of the room with heavy duty tape. Ten layers of cardboard to make a wheel. Giant pendant streamers. Paper mache anchor for class contract/rules "What anchors us". Huge carpet roll cut down to make portholes for the students to decorate inside, with bios. Blue Saran wrap makes good water. Behavior chart is a lighthouse with student names on cut-out boats: clear sailing, fog, stormy weather, demasted/torn sails? In the front of the room, make a semi cylinder (skipping the board) floor to ceiling for the mast. Assorted pictures of tall ships. Barrels and boxes for furniture. Don't forget birds and dolphins. Divide the class into ships of their naming for working groups.
I'm doing a lighthouse, nautical theme this coming year and it has been hard. (There are a lot of commercial items for fish, but I am not going there). Here are some things I came up for:
Chore Chart : All Hands on Deck
Light Keeper--Lights off and on
Steward--Lunch kits and clean table
Chief Petty Officer --Teacher's Aid to pass out everything, run errands
(I'm trying for a better title, but haven't got it yet).
First Mates (female and male line leaders)
Deck Hand--Swab the Deck (straightens and washes desk tops daily)
Deck Hand--Ship Shape (straightens shelves, books etc.)
Deck Hand--Clear the Deck (erases board and writes dismissals)
Decor and mood:
I have lots of lighthouses, sea birds, buoy, captain's wheel, anchor, shells, a boat bookcase with oars, captain's hat, ocean wave sounds, a fog whistle, ship's bell, ship in a bottle, pale blue, white, red, and black coloring (on the bulletin board backgrounds, borders, lettering, and containers).
There are wave cutout borders, white, blue, red, black ABC strips, wallpaper lighthouse borders at Walmart with the matching lighthouse bathroom items you can adapt to your needs. I went to Michaels for lots of craft items, lighthouse puzzles, and a huge lighthouse print for my wall.
I finally found some plain lighthouse stickers to put on plain sentence strips and name badges to dress them up a little. (There are lots of religious stickers, but I can't use them in a public school).
(Rules) We Run a Tight Ship
Learning the Ropes
Anchor Yourself in....
I'm so excited.
My inspiration?? Two quotes: (paraphrased) "Teachers share the light within" and "Education brings the darkness into the light."
How much do you spend on all those sailor hats? Trying to work within a budget on this end.
I am also doing a Sailing Theme. I am doing: Sailing into Second Grade on my door and I painted a large sailboat with my name on the bottom of it. Then I am putting their names around it. For a BB I am doing "Sea" Whose in Our Class and on the first day they will take a picture with a sailor hat on by a Wheel.
Your class activites are super! You can find fishing nets at most craft stores. If you show them your teacer's id you ususally get a discount. I would be interested in how you make the wheel with the cardboard. Do you mind sharing the how to?
You could try a classroom jobs chart with the theme "School of Jobs". Strands of seaweed named different jobs while student names were on fish that could be moved to different jobs....good idea to laminate and use dry erase, that way when you use it again you won't have to make it all over if one job changes...I speak from experience I also hung white sheets/curtains to look like sails from the old sailing ships. I want to hang sea gulls from the ceiling...anyone have ideas where I can find them?
I did this theme for several years. Here are some ideas I used in my classroom:
Math Marina - posted sailboats with strategies written in the sails
Readers' Reef - put various sea stuffed animals in nooks and crannies of my classroom library
Writers' Wharf - had a net for a background on bulletin board; put student writing on the net using paper clips as hooks
SOS - (Job board) made rafts with job titles; found life ring tags at dollar store and wrote students' names on them; put ring on raft to assign jobs
Catch of the Week - Students' display board; switch papers in and out each week
For my reading corner, I was actually able to get a person to donate a tugboat sandbox they had posted on Craig's List. I washed it off and will be putting it in my reading corner with a big quilt for cushion. The kids can read in it during independent reading time as a privilege, or a reward...maybe the student of the week...not exactly sure yet!
I am using your Writer's Wharf idea for next year. The other things I am doing are Sailor of the Week, and Mrs. _______'s First Mates. I found some very nautical border at Dollar Tree. I have been inspired by so many wonderful ideas. Thanks to everyone for sharing.
I wanted a Sailing/Nautical theme this year and had so much fun creating it! I teach 4th grade and since we are departmentalized, I only teach Reading and Math. I hope I can inspire somone else because I have gotten so many great ideas from PT! Please let me know what you think!
I love ALL of these ideas. My school mascot is a Clippership so I am going with a nautical theme for next year. I am trying to find some ideas for a behavior chart. I normally do a stoplight but I want to do something different.