Gone Are the Days

I am a theme queen.

I had a classroom theme long before they were the thing to do.

Don't get me started on my obsession with planning kids birthday parties. I have my little ones' birthday themes planned from now until they are 38.

I SO miss thematic teaching. Sure, I fit the occasional themey-type thing in here and there, but my days of taking down the big ole' tub of "ocean stuff" ended years ago.

I dug all around my hard drive for some pictures of my thematic unit storage. Nothing.

I poked around cyber space. Very little.

As a purger, I got rid of most of my thematic materials. However, I used to love my system for storing them. I would scrounge up copy paper boxes (sturdy, uniform, stackable and free...love, love, love and LOVE). I would then cover them in paper so that they matched and label them with the name of the theme. Inside would house all of my plans and original copies, bulletin board borders (because I changed them ALL monthly...I was so young and energetic back then), thematic books and the rest of the stuff that went with it. It really worked for me and I highly suggest it if you are still lucky enough to teach thematically.

Because you'll only be accessing these items once a year it is best to store them out of the way and save valuable storage real estate for items you need to get at more often.

Below are some ideas for storing your thematic materials. I can't wait to see how y'all store yours.
















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Argghhh! Pirates!


I'm super excited about my brand new line of classroom theme and color scheme bundles! My goal was to create a product that provided teachers with everything they would need to put together a beautifully themed and organized classroom at a very low cost. To create the Pirate Theme Classroom look below I simply combined the printables in my packet with some fabric, ribbon, card stock and borders...so cheap and easy! Each low-cost bundle contains 34 classroom essential products (see the full list of items at the bottom of this post). The bundles also include editable files so you may customize them with student names, classroom activities, book titles and more. 

{Click to access and download the Editable Pirate Themed Classroom Bundle}













Included in this Pirate Classroom Theme Bundle you'll receive:
multipurpose labels, nameplates / deskplates, basket labels, team / table numbers, number tags, welcome signs, welcome banner, calendar headings, calendar / date cards, seasons and weather chart, hundred chart, decorative pennant banner, bookmarks, days of the week bin labels, hall passes, classroom job chart, decorative accents for bulletin boards, behavior clip chart, word wall headers, word wall letters, word wall cards, classroom schedule cards, How We Get Home door chart, classroom supply labels, classroom clock telling time helpers, school day tracker, color poster, tooth tally, number posters with ten frames, half-page alphabet cards, alphabet posters with picture cues, binder covers, classroom newsletter template....many of these products are editable with PowerPoint (07 or higher) 

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED. THE ORIGINAL CONTENT AND LINK TO MY ORIGINAL PIRATE PACKET CAN BE VIEWED BELOW:



My 20 Page Pirate Themed Classroom Kit is now available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. It includes all of the following items shown in the sample pictures below, plus more! Click here to view the kit.

BULLETIN BOARD BACKGROUNDS
-crumpled up brown paper bags (to look like treasure maps paper)
-sandpaper (available in large sheets)
-”Creepy Cloth
-torn white fabric to look like a sail
-netting

BULLETIN BOARD BORDERS
-large plastic gems (hotglue onto border)
-beads (hotglue onto border)
-gold coins (hotglue onto border)

3D ELEMENTS TO ADD
-parrots
-hand-held telescopes
-treasure maps

WELCOME BOARD
-Welcome Aboard ____ Grade
-Ahoy, Mateys
-_____ Grade Treasures
-Mr./Mrs. _____’s First Mates
-Anchor’s Away for a Great Year


STUDENT WORK BOARD
-Work We Treasure (w/ treasure chest)
-X marks the Spot
-Shiver Me Timbers, This Work is Great
-Blow Me Down Work

CLASSROOM BULLETIN BOARD IDEAS
-Catch a Good Book
-Set Sail With _____
-Open a Book...Find a Treasure
-Sea of Writers

JOB BOARD IDEAS
The Crew
All Hands on Deck

BEHAVIOR BOARD
Don’t Rock the Boat
GOLD-en Rules
CALENDAR AREA
Catch of the Day
The Captain’s Log

LUNCH MENU/LUNCHBOX BASKET
Pirate Grub


IDEAS
-send your welcome letters out as a “message in a bottle” (use plastic so there is no broken glass)

-create a fort as a reading area

-create a deserted island as a reading area

-use an island themed scene setter or shower curtain

-incorporate the Walt Disney quote, ““There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.”

-print your classroom rules on a scroll


As always, I love Beth Newingham's Go Big or Go Home approach to taking on a classroom theme.
The next few photos are from her nautical themed classroom.






The next 10 images are from Ms. Callow's classroom.











The following 10 pics are from classrooms in the UK.




































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