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    Classroom Themes
    By DVaughn

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    In an effort to spread out the cost of preparing a new classroom, I have been buying things for my class since I started my post-bac program last year. We spend a lot of time in Florida, and I love the ocean, so I decided on an ocean theme for my class. I want to teach 4th or 5th grade, so I am not going overboard, but here are some things I am doing.

    I bought some cool tropical fish fabric at Wal-Mart and I am making a balloon valance for the window, one for the door, and making a futon cover for my futon loveseat I was given. The fabric was CHEAP on a clearance table.

    I have buckets of shells that we have collected on the beach, and I bought a plain cheapo wall clock. I adheared the shells all around the clock, so now I have a shell clock.

    I got some ocean-life posters el-cheapo on vacation from some of the stores in Florida (they donated them when I told them I was a student teacher)

    My final theme-item is an "aqurium" floor lamp from Wal-Mart. My husband is giving it to me for Christmas. It's tacky-cute. Looks like a long tube filled with water and fake tropical fish. The whole tube lights up.

    In keeping with the theme, I found a cool bulletin board idea for the first of school where you do fish with the kids name on them, a little red schoolhouse on blue paper to look like a school underwater. The heading would be "Swimming Into 4/5th Grade."

    The rest of the bulletin boards I will leave to their purposes -- a word wall, procedures, etc. with no tie-in to the theme.

    I can't wait to finally get all of this into my own classroom, and I know my husband can't wait to get it all out of our bedroom!

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