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Ideas for creating a circus themed classroom!
Circus Fun
Posted by:Krissy #28647

A Circus Theme will be fun because you can do so many different things with it... What comes to mind is animals, trains, acrobats, clowns, circus snacks like cotton candy and hot dogs, and balloons. Here are some ideas that I came up with:

Opening Day: If you mail out back to school welcome letters or have a before school open house, design a ticket for the circus for your classroom. Give students a "ticket" to the circus with your name and room number, starting time, first day of school, etc.

Welcome Bulletin Board: Make a big red/white carton and giant peanuts spilling out, put a big clown and the title "Ms./Mr. ______ is nuts about his/her new students!" Put one child's name on each peanut. OR Make giant popcorn pieces out of yellow/white paper and write "Look who's popping into...

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Circus theme
Posted by:Kimberly #57732

I like the circus theme...it seems to lend itself to more options.

You could have the Ringmaster of the day!

Kids could work for peanuts (reward coupons).

No Clownin' Around for the Behavior board or have elephants with names on them and they each start off with 3 peanuts. Take one away each time they mess up.

Of course elephants are Wise so you could have Wise Work.

You could incorporate some of the other ideas with tigers.

No Lion...This is a GRRREAT Class!

You could have a 3 ring circus for centers with a red, blue, and green ring? Or if you do literacy groups, the lions, tigers, and bears...OH MY!!

You could have the kids decorate a clown the first day and have circus music playing. And of course while the circus is fun, if everyone...

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Circus Theme.
Posted by:RebeccaH #39552

I did Circus as a theme last year and the kids loved it. I put a hoop in the middle of my room and had coloured strips of crepe paper coming out from it to the corners this represented the circus tent. I took photos of my kids faces. The children traced around each other and decorated an outfit. I glued the faces on. Some were strong men, lion tamers, trapeze artists - these I had hanging or on a trapeze. Good luck. If you want go back to the boards this and the K-3 one around March last year I got lots of help.

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Circus.
Posted by:Rebecca #10253

There are several messages on past boards over the last two months. I have just done Circus as my theme. The best part was getting the children to trace around their partner. Then decorate themselves as a clown etc. I used the digital camera to take their photo and place where their face would be. I also put a hoop in the centre of the ceiling and had coloured crepe paper coming from it.
Email me if you want more info.

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door
Posted by:SusanTeach #112748

A circus theme would be cute! I always like the kids' names to be on the door in some fashion. I would put a Ringmaster near the top, with your name on her. Then have different clowns, animals, tight rope walkers, etc... all over the door. When you get your kids' names, you can add them to the pictures. You can probably get a circus coloring book to find different circus pictures - or use several shaped tablets (school supply stores). Or even a bulletin board set may have enough cut-outs to label.

Sorry, my mind's blank on anything else right now. You might want to start a new thread called "Circus theme" and see what others can recommend. :)

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Behavior Management
Posted by:jeannine #77742

I do a "Ballooning Behavior Board" title on top of BB.
It is color coded-Larger ballons posted at top with the following:
Green Balloon-Good Behavior
Yellow Balloon-Warning
Blue Balloon-Lost Priviledges
Red Balloon- Teacher Calls Parent

Each student has a pocket with their name on it at the beginning of each week each child has a green balloon if they keep it until Friday they go to the treasure box(you can use stickers or other incentives). You have to prepare the balloons before school begins-green balloons for the whole class and yellow for about 1/2 class, maybe 5 blue and 5 red they are placed in a small mini pocket chart velcro to bottom of BB for easy access. This works great for the year but what sets the tone that you mean business when it comes to behavior is to...

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circus
Posted by:connie #22412

I TAKE AN OBJECTS THAT A PREFORMER MIGHT USE(WHIP- LION TAMER) AND PLACE IT IN A BAG AND PLAY TWNETY QUESIONS WITH IT---WE DO TORN PAPER CLOWN HEADS--THEY ALWAYS TURN OUT GREAT--WE USE GRAPHING CLUB IN COMPUTER LAB AND GRAPH WHICH PERFORMER WWE WOULD LIKE TO BE--WE PLAY WHEEL OF FORTUNE USING CIRCUS WORDS AS THE PUZZLES---I'M VANNA WHITE(HA)

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reading
Posted by:Dawn #10199

I am a first year teacher and I'm doing a theme on circus to end the year. I read books to them about it and we do different projects with that but one activity is to have them make up a title about a circus book and they become the illustrator and draw the cover. If they are advanced, I have one, they can make up the story for the inside. They have folded a piece of 9x11" paper so it opens like a book. They loved this and the lower ones can do it and the higher ones are challenged with writing words for a story. Good luck.

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