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This Summer, Plan Your Classroom Theme for Next School Year

By Beth Newingham on June 13, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5

Many teachers ask questions about my school-year themes. They want to know how I come up with a new theme each year, where I find the time to execute the thematic classroom decor, and how I incorporate the theme into classroom routines and daily happenings. Well, it doesn’t happen in a day! I start thinking about my theme for the next school year before the current school year is even over. 

In fact, my current students love giving me ideas for new themes and brainstorming names and slogans for my future classroom. I then use the summer to continue thinking about the theme and begin making plans for classroom implementation. I keep my eyes open for sales at party stores, and I peruse the Internet to find ideas related to the theme. 

By the time school starts, my theme is in full effect, and my thematic classroom is ready to welcome my excited students. Check out the theme section of my classroom website to read more about the themes I have used in past years. You will find many photos, downloadable templates, printables, etc.

Comments (3)

Beth,
I am really interested in your team theme templates, but when I click on your baseball card template and the "templates and resources" tab, I recive a message that states "invalid path" and "The url you requested is invalid." I also tried to access the baseball card template from your website, but I don't have Print Shop. Can you share with me how to access the PDF baseball card template??

Thanks so much,
Jackie
jhjelden@jeffco.k12.co.us

How do you do a site like this.....my vote for next year.......paw prints

I do the same thing! I am now planning the floor plan of the classroom to match my new idea. I love surprising the new students on the first day of school, and they love it too. They always say, you did all this for me?!!

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