Going Green Themed Classrooms


Use found materials for decorations. Back your bulletin boards with newspaper, cardboard or magazines. Create borders using plastic bottles, cans, etc.

Repurpose food containers for storage (plastic yogurt containers, cereal boxes, etc).

Incorporate lots of plants.

Have your students use leftover drinking water to water said plants.

Check out this site for ideas to use throughout the year: 50 Ways to Go Green in the Classroom.



I love that the title of this board was made with soda bottles. {source}


Go Green Classroom Theme Commercially Made Items

Setting Up Your Green Classroom

30 Go Green Tips for Teachers to Introduce in the Classroom

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Words on the Wall {INSPIRED}



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  • As things are changing in classrooms everywhere and we are quickly becoming so data-driven, I find I need to keep reminding myself of why I became a teacher and what I know in my heart is what kids need to succeed. Large, strong words will be constant reminders.
  • They send a message without getting lost in the shuffle. As the walls get busy, these will stand out.
  • It sends a positive message to visitors entering the classroom in an easy, simple way.
  • I want my students to internalize these words.



ABOUT THIS SERIES:
I’ve been working hard to complete my classroom makeover for the 2012-2013 school year so that I may provide you with a summer full of tips and ideas for setting up your own classrooms. To kick off my second annual summer-long, daily series on setting up, organizing, and managing your classroom I am running a miniseries titled, “INSPIRED” and will feature a photo that brought inspiration to my very own classroom makeover. 
Be sure to check out my Clutter-Free Guide to Organizing and Managing Your Classroom as well as my Classroom Themes Page for tons of tips and ideas. 


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Portfolio Boxes {INSPIRED}



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 I have a row of magazine boxes on my top shelf that were previously used to house weekly reading resources from Treasures. I had reorganized my reading materials and was planning to repurpose the boxes to hold student work samples. This immediately caught my eye!

  • I love the use of ribbon. Such a fun touch!
  • It's neat and organized, yet each box is different. I would have gone uniform, but these pics have inspired me to mix it up.
  • I'm a big fan of white font on black backgrounds.
  • I already have a project in mind for them, but wouldn't this be a fabulous way to house your colored cardstock an construction paper?





ABOUT THIS SERIES:
I’ve been working hard to complete my classroom makeover for the 2012-2013 school year so that I may provide you with a summer full of tips and ideas for setting up your own classrooms. To kick off my second annual summer-long, daily series on setting up, organizing, and managing your classroom I am running a miniseries titled, “INSPIRED” and will feature a photo that brought inspiration to my very own classroom makeover. 
Be sure to check out my Clutter-Free Guide to Organizing and Managing Your Classroom as well as my Classroom Themes Page for tons of tips and ideas. 





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Bucket Filler Anchor Chart {INSPIRED}



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  • Ummmm...it's a list. Y'all know girlfriend here loves a list.
  • I assume it was created with the class which is always important for creating ownership and anchoring learning.
  • It's a visually reminder that is always present. I find that bucket filling and all the other things like it tend to get "stale" with time. This could encourage children to keep it going strong.
  • It includes clear cut examples.
  • I already have my students "filling buckets" so this makes perfect sense.



ABOUT THIS SERIES:
I’ve been working hard to complete my classroom makeover for the 2012-2013 school year so that I may provide you with a summer full of tips and ideas for setting up your own classrooms. To kick off my second annual summer-long, daily series on setting up, organizing, and managing your classroom I am running a miniseries titled, “INSPIRED” and will feature a photo that brought inspiration to my very own classroom makeover. 
Be sure to check out my Clutter-Free Guide to Organizing and Managing Your Classroom as well as my Classroom Themes Page for tons of tips and ideas. 





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Magnetic Board {INSPIRED}




I have a classroom wall that is really an accordian divider that can open into the next classroom.  Except it can’t. I don’t think it has ever been opened which is kind of a bummer because next year my teaching partner will be on the other side and I would love to be able to do some true team teaching.  But we can’t.  And so I must make the most of the wall that is not a wall. I have developed a system for getting a staple in but it isn’t easy.  This year I finally wised up and attached bed sheets to cover the entire wall.  My plan is to now hot glue everything directly onto the sheets.  I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out how I could attach a magnetic board or a dry erase board to it so that I have some flexibility.  I thought a cookie sheet would be the best option, but then I stumbled upon this and it made me much happier.  
And that led me to these:

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  • Cutesy scrapbook paper that can coordinate with my classroom color scheme - Duh!

  • It’s lightweight so it can easily be attached to the sheet with hot glue.

  • It’s circular...how fun is that?

  • Did somebody say Dollar Store?




ABOUT THIS SERIES:
I’ve been working hard to complete my classroom makeover for the 2012-2013 school year so that I may provide you with a summer full of tips and ideas for setting up your own classrooms. To kick off my second annual summer-long, daily series on setting up, organizing, and managing your classroom I am running a miniseries titled, “INSPIRED” and will feature a photo that brought inspiration to my very own classroom makeover. 
Be sure to check out my Clutter-Free Guide to Organizing and Managing Your Classroom as well as my Classroom Themes Page for tons of tips and ideas. 





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Posted "Letter" To The Class {INSPIRED}



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  • It's simple, yet packs a big impact.
  • I love personalization within the classroom.
  • As a parent, I would very much appreciate seeing something like this in my childrens' classrooms because it shows that the teacher cares.



ABOUT THIS SERIES:
I’ve been working hard to complete my classroom makeover for the 2012-2013 school year so that I may provide you with a summer full of tips and ideas for setting up your own classrooms. To kick off my second annual summer-long, daily series on setting up, organizing, and managing your classroom I am running a miniseries titled, “INSPIRED” and will feature a photo that brought inspiration to my very own classroom makeover. 
Be sure to check out my Clutter-Free Guide to Organizing and Managing Your Classroom as well as my Classroom Themes Page for tons of tips and ideas. 





Be sure to follow my blog and store  and Facebook Page for notification of the FreebiesClick here to access a collection of Teacher Tips or tour my Classroom Makeover here.


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