Do you ever look around your classroom and just think "YUCK!!"? I've been teaching for 20 years and have changed rooms 6 times and I think I have inherited 40 years worth of other people's junk. You know how it is, especially if you have moved into a teacher's room who was retiring that year. They DO mean well by leaving you their stuff. But my room now feels like an episode of Hoarders! Well, no more! This summer I am cleaning out that closet that may house rats, throwing away all the purple ditto copies that I come across AGAIN and giving my "treasures" to the new teachers who I know will be "thrilled" to inherit them. HA! So with that thought in mind, the planning has begun for a new theme for next year (ok, who am I kidding? we'll still be pirates). But I want some new stuff, new baskets, new curtains, new words for the word wall, etc., etc., etc. I want neat, clean and matchy, matchy! And that thought brings me to what I am super excited to share with you!
I've found matchy, matchy and PIRATES and even better than that....they are Polka Dot Pirates!!! My sweet friend Cyndie over at Chalk One Up For the Teacher, is the QUEEN OF ROOM THEMES!
If you want a new theme, she has it. If you don't know what you want, she has that too! I found over 60 sets of theme packs in her store. Here are just a few...... rockstar baseball superheroes olympics jungle space racing nature western circus Hollywood groovy bees bugs dogs zoo and many more!
Although the other themes were VERY COOL, I headed straight for the Pirate section. Here's what I found....
This packet is a Room Theme DELUXE and it has everything you need to give your classroom that themed look! Included in this unit are: 2 Sets of Coordinating Calendar Pieces Monthly Headers Day of the Week 12 Pieces to Assemble a Birthday Banner Lost a Tooth Chart Weather Graph Word Wall Header Word Wall Letters Themed Letters for a Work Display Board Decorative Pieces Give Me 5 Poster 5 Different Team Sign Posters (Ready for you to add your team names.) Desk Nametags
Since we only have 22 21 and a half days left of school, I can't put up a lot
(because I have to strip the walls before I leave).
But here is what I've started on......
Pirate boy and girl calendar numbers, along with month banners.
Days of the week.
(This picture made me fall in love with the lime green and light blue - colors for next year)!
Give me 5 poster.
Desk name plates.
Word Wall Alphabet Letters (must redo my word cards next year).
This sweet girl was so thrilled to get a Pirate Girl note from her teacher:)
These number cards could be used in order on the wall, in a pocket chart.....
or as a math game on the floor. They loved them!
I laminated this list of things to do, so I can just wipe and start over each day.
I used this template for our field trip note.
You can see why I am so pumped about this packet.
I can't wait to pull it all together before school starts again in the fall.
Now for the EXCITING news!
Cyndie has agreed to give away a Room Theme + Matching Accessories to one lucky winner!!!
And she is going to let you choose your own theme!!
So have you been making plans for your room next year?
Enter the giveaway below and then head over to her store
and browse through the MANY items she has to choose from.
This puzzle is one of the many activities setting sail in my latest unit "Noah's Ark."
I love it, because you can just print, laminate and throw it out in a center or for free time use.
Easy, right?! Well here is your FREEBIE.
I started making these as puzzles but when I got finished with the pictures I decided that maybe my kids would just like to have a coloring sheet instead of a puzzle.
(Maybe I'm indecisive today!)
So I decided to leave them alone. You can print them out for coloring sheets or chop them into pieces and make puzzles. (Or you could be indecisive like me and do both.)
Click on either picture to grab your FREE copy.
In case you are interested in the Noah puzzle or other activities,
here is a preview of the entire packet.
Don't forget to pick up your other FREEBIES today.
OMGosh! Y'all have to see these paintings my kids did!!
We have been working on a plant unit and the kids wanted to plant sunflowers.
Well one thing led to another and it just turned into a sunflower unit:)
My buddy teacher and I have a great space right outside our windows that's like our own private yard.
So we got out there after testing on Tuesday afternoon and turned them loose!
We dug up the brand new sod along with some critical tree roots.
Farmers we are not. Anyway, back to the sunflowers.
We have read sunflower books, planted sunflowers, made construction paper sunflowers, eaten sunflower seeds, and it seemed the only thing left to do was paint them.
We read a "G-rated" book about Vincent Van Gogh.
(The first one that I checked out from the school library even shocked me. LOL)
We looked at pictures of many of his paintings and ended with his "Sunflowers" painting.
They could not wait to paint them.
I gave them a template for the vase because I was hoping that it would help them with sizes and placement on the page.
They could choose to use the pattern and trace it lightly on their paper,
trace, cut and glue on a vase,
or just draw it on their own.
After the vase, they started adding the flowers and stems.
Next came the table and the background.
After they dried, we went back and mounted them on construction paper.
I think they are amazing. And they were super easy to do.
(So, if something will just sprout from our sunflower garden then we will be all set.)
Be sure to head over to The 2nd Grade Pad for other great Take It and Make It ideas!