Friday, June 22, 2012

Theme Flashback- Safari

Welcome to the Jungle!
This theme is from 2 years ago and was a ton of fun!
It was a bit tricky to make it colorful instead of all brown/black
colors, but I really liked how it turned out!

First up... my behavior chart or "Critter Control".
Their names were on the left side, but erased for this picture.

This was our door!  I searched and searched for monkey cut-outs and finally found 
a monkey on this fun site. Check out Mrs.Pancake's site- so many cute things!
The monkeys had the students' names on the them.

I found lots of animal posters which worked 
perfectly for my cupboards.

The locker tags...
I made these with my Cricut.  I cut the frame out of animal print
scrapbook paper, glued it on colored cardstock, and put their names in the middle.

This always made me SMILE!

Wouldn't you be WILD about reading if you saw this board? :)

Classroom jobs...

Your Vocabulary

*A place to put our vocabulary words for the week.*

This picture is a bit hard to see...but it was the board out in the hall.
It says, "Roaring into 4th Grade" with animals on the bottom
and their names in the circles.
I love how the border turned out- a happy accident.
I didn't have quite enough of one border, so I put all the extras together.

Nametags for their desks...sorry, I had to erase the name so it's hard to 
see exactly what it looked like.

Our calendar...
It isn't very "safari" like, but it's colorful and fun.
The board on the bottom says, "Monkey Business"
and it's where I put hot lunch stuff and schedules.

This is from back in the day when we studied our state
in 4th grade.  I put cities from our state up with a pictures
from each place in the "spot."

There you have it...our wild classroom! :)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Theme Flashback- Ocean Style

I LOVE LOVE LOVE setting up my classroom!

Every year I think that maybe the next year I'll reuse one of my themes,
but so far that has never happened. :)
I know that I lot of people are getting ready for next year and looking
for ideas for their new theme, so I thought it might be time to 
post my themes from the past.

The further back the theme goes, the less pictures I have of them unfortunately.
But I'll share what I have.
In the past, I have done an ocean, safari, travel, western and owl theme.

So, here we go with the ocean theme....

I love the little fish calendar numbers.
I used the little fish cutouts for calendars that are aqua on one side and orange on the other.
Then, I cut scrapbook paper to add some pizazz and some stickers.

I also love my the title of my hot lunch/intermural/miscellaneous board.
I found the idea on - so cute!

My traditional book bulletin board to start off the school year...

I always laugh when I see this board...
First of all, the fabric for this board was quite something- 
it wasn't quite the right size for the board, so a lot of piecing together
went on- it was like a puzzle!  Also, I had great intentions of putting up student
work each week, but sadly it didn't really work out that way.

One of my favorite birthday displays I have done.
It was just too time consuming to do again!
If I were to make them again, I would laminate them before
I put the names on so I could use them again.
(I erased their names from these, but each cupcake had 
the student's name and birthday on it)

My Student of the Week board...
when they were student of the week, I gave them
a starfish to take home- they loved it!

The board outside my room...welcoming students to 4th grade!
Each surfboard had a student's name on it.
The surfboards were actually wall stick-ons that I just laminated.

And locker nametags...
to match the rest of the fish!

I think this is one theme that I may use again with some new ideas.

Well, there is my o"fish"ial post on my ocean theme...enjoy!

Monday, June 11, 2012

IPAD apps- Take 1

Our school got a set of ipads for the last month or so of school.
I've had so much fun exploring and finding apps for my kids to use.
The kids love using the ipads! And they are so easy to use and set up!

So,  here is take 1 of my app reviews.
All of the apps are FREE apps!

This app was so much fun and a hit with my students.
It's great practice for their multiplication skills and a bit addicting to play. :)
My only complaint is that the add on the bottom of the screen makes
it impossible to see the numbers on the last row of bubbles.
If you only have one ipad available to use with your students, 
you could have a "Bubble" tournament.  I had students work in partners
and then we recorded the top scores.  Great practice!

This is like an educational Frogger game. So fun!
I was worried that my students would not like it since
it was a game that worked on grammar skills, but I was wrong!
Many of them choose to play this during their free choice time.
It has the option to work on math, words, or grammar.
The only downside is that if you want to unlock all of the games
you need to play $2.99.

This game is just too cute!  It was a little too cute for
my 4th grade boys, but my girls still liked it.
Basically you are given a shopping list and some money 
and you have to go to the store, find the items and check out.
It's was interesting seeing who knew where the items might be in the
store and who had no idea.  They also have to make sure that they
have enough money, so it is good practice for finding the list expensive price.

This is a great math skill game with lots of different levels to challenge students.
Students have to put numbers together to create the number written on the fish.
Great practice and a great way to differentiate for students!

This game was a little tricky for some of my students.
But, it really made them learn what a factor is!
Once they got the hang of it, they loved it!
Just make sure to start on the lowest level first
so they don't get frustrated.  It is a great game for upper el!

This game is great for kindergarten!  It has kids sort and count
candy in all sorts of ways!  It only has one game open for free,
there are others for purchase.  But, it is well worth downloading for
the free game! 

I'll be back with more another time!