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A sports theme has endless possibilities, and stressing the "teamwork" aspect is a great way to get your students working together all year long. Here's a collection of ideas to help you get your own sports themed classroom started.
Posted by:ConnieWI #1583

How about...
--Team Spirit!
--All-Star Team
--Ms. __________ Team
--Ms. __________ (Third) Grade Team
--There is No "I" in Team!
--Teamwork Works!
--Welcome to Ms. __________ Team
--We Make a Great Team!

I am attaching information I found in the ProTeacher archives connected to the TEAM theme. It might give you other ideas.

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Sports Theme magnets
Posted by:Ramona #61614

I bought sport theme stickers (the ones that are for scrap books) and then put magnets on the backs to use on my white board. They not only show school spirit, but are also useful! I purchased mine at the "local" Wal-Mart for $2.96 a card... the stickers come as a cheerleader, football player and baseball/softball player. I haven't seen a basketball player yet, but I'm looking!

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Sports theme ideas
Posted by:Kristin #78456

I also do a sports theme in my 2nd grade classroom.

I do All-Star Behavior, which is similar to the stop light or card pulling system. The students earn fouls that are posted on their basketball around the room. I also have used football helmets and penalty flags for 1st down, 2nd down, etc. Another teacher in my school used 3 strikes and baseball.

My job board is a field goal post. Jobs are listen on the uprights. The horizontal bar says "Teamwork." I use clothespins with the students names to point to their job for the day.

I made an ongoing game for the whole year called Football Frenzy. We had set teams and used this game for all subjects. Students would draw a card that said 5 yards, 15 yards, fumble, interception, etc. I then asked them a question. If they were correct, their team...

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baseball theme
Posted by:JS #40011

I was thinking of using the same theme. Your student of the week could be the MVP. Also, if you use behavior cards (different colors to move for behavior) you could do a three strikes your out. Post 3 "K"s and attach a clothes pin with their names on them. Good behavior is "At the plate." After one warning they move their name to strike 1, strike two, etc. You can develop consequences for strikes, etc. You can also develop rubrics using the words "Home run," "base hit," or "strike out." You can label a bulletin board with the words "Home Run Work." A class behavior goal could be labeled "On the way to the World Series of Good Behavior," or something similar. Your welcome board outside could be "Grade 4 has a great starting line up," and you could put everyone's name on a baseball, glove, or...

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Posted by:teriinVa #138213

ok, how about Flags/penants for areas - use words like "play book" maybe for math straitagies... definate red flags for behavior...are they going to call you coach? Long jumpers/track and field when you study measurement.

omm make board games using basketball court. Get some pom poms for spirit before you take a test :) Learn some chants.

Some baseball bags use red electrical tape for the diamonds (square pillows for bags) for the reading area. ... some cheap turf for your area ...you can use dry erase markers on green chalkboards - draw a soccer field or football field use a damp sponge to clean. hope those help to get your wheels turning!

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Sports Theme Ideas -- I have pictures :)
Posted by:NIUTeach #1585

Well, I am one of the many who is doing a sports theme this year. I went to a scrapbooking store this weekend and punched out a whole bunch of titles (I am too impatient to wait for the school's workroom to open and I know it's going to be super-busy the week before school starts).

So here are my pictures and explanations of what I am doing with each. Hopefully this can help other people out. Let me know if you think I should add anything or tweak something!

We are Bowled Over By Math Facts - This will be a semi-perm. BB where the students will be keeping track of their timed-tests for Math. They will be building a bowling lane as they master their facts (first for addition and then subtraction). For 1's they will get a lane,...

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Sports Theme Ideas Pt 2 - Yes, more pictures!
Posted by:NIUTeach #1584

Okay, here's part 2! :)

Rookie of the Week - This is my student of the week. I am taking ideas from Beth Newingham to make the whole week special to them. These ideas include, sharing sack, reading their favorite picture book, parents come to lunch, and the class poster!

Team Stears Scoreboard - This is the name for my individual student behavior board. It's just a changing cards system. They start on green and get three strikes (blue, white, red) before they are "out." I got a green pocketchart that was meant for flashcards, but it looks a lot like a scoreboard!

Slamdunk Spelling - This was an idea from Homerun Spelling (an idea I have seen a lot on this board), but I was thinking that Baseball was taking over the theme, so I went with basketball. I will have a...

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No title
Posted by:jerzgirl #138215

I also do the team theme. My students' team name is "The Can Do Kids", and our motto is "You can do it!" We make pennants the first week of school that complete the sentence prompt, I can... and display on a bulletin board. Throughout the year as one child or another struggles, you'll often here the kids pipe up, "You're a can-do kid. You can do it!!"
I also give the kids a magnet with that phrase to hang on their refrigerator at home. I hang a class picture on the outside of our door with Can-Do Kids under it. Last, I hope to make t-shirts this year in Sept. for us to wear throughout the year, maybe every Friday or once a month.
I have found that spending the first month of school, building "the team" and a sense of community has really helped the...

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Word wall theme
Posted by:teachil #138214

Those are both good ideas, I like those. I am doing a sports theme and I love this site and am getting to many wonderful ideas.

"All Star Words" (could do just about any sport as a background or keep in general with sports border if any border at all because if like me I have to use wall space that is there and not a bulletin board)

"Homerun Words"
"Slamduck Words"

**I can't think of any more right now**

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Sports Ideas
Posted by:hhillhs #137226

OK, this is long, but here are some ideas that I used this year. I got lots of ideas on the archive, and I made up some additional ideas. I may have a picture, too.

Meet the Teacher Night Snacks – popcorn, bottled water, chocolate “sports ball” candies

Meet the Teacher Night Wish List – “Pitch In”: title on glove and donation items on baseballs

Welcome (DOOR) – “TEAM Hill’s Starting Line-Up”: a team roster and jerseys…I got “jersey” shaped plated at HEB (a grocery store) and wrote their names on them. I think the party store has them, too!

Homework Board – “Batting Practice”

Info Board – “TEAM News” (newsletter), “Concessions” (lunch menu),
“Have a Ball on Your Birthday” (birthdays…names and bdays on different sport balls), “Team Schedule” (schedule)

Work Board – “Together Everyone Achieves More”,...

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Baseball Board
Posted by:starteach #1586

In the spring I made a bulletin board with different bases. At each base there was work for students to do if they were done with all of their other work (there were sudako puzzles, crosswords, math mazes, etc.). When a student went around all the bases and made it to home, they put a sticker on their baseball. At the end of the time that I did this board, students got a piece of candy for each sticker they had.

Hopefully this picture attachment works...first time trying to do a picture!

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Baseball Theme
Posted by:BuzyBee #57461

Bulletin Boards: "Batter Up! It's going to be a Great year!" "Look who's hitting a home run in ____'s class!"

Behavior: Give everyone a baseball glove with their name on it. Put four baseballs in the glove. On the top one write "Home Run", second one write "Third Base." For every infraction, students move one of their baseballs during the day. The goal is to stay on Home Run all day. OR call each
infraction a "strike."

Name Tags: Use a clipart program to put students names on baseballs and print on cardstock.

Reading Corner: A green rug, posters/pictures of famous baseball players around, a couple of baseball beanbags (check Wal-Mart) and a sign that says "YOU ALWAYS HIT A HOME RUN WHEN YOU READ!" Hang large cardboard baseballs around the room with character words written on them. I've seen baseball...

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Sports Theme
Posted by:ktann5 #138216

I teach 1st grade and did a sports theme last year. What a hit!! I made sure to include gymnastics, cheerleading and dance. However I feel that the most imporant part of the sports theme is just focusing on teamwork, practice (classwork and homework) makes perfect (assessment), determination, etc...

I have never had a class work so well together and I think the theme had a lot to do with it.

A few cute ideas: Hang hula hoops and use them to display student work, hit up the local college or HS to get donated Jerseys. I hng them and the kids loved them! Also, I had a "locker"/cabinet filled with treats of different point values. For every day of super behavior they were awarded with a game ticket. On Fridays they could trade in tickets for their prizes should they choose to. Some were worth...

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My sports themed classroom this year...
Posted by:NIUTeach #137667

I used Proteacher to help out a lot with my theme last summer. I took lots of pictures to share this summer, but for now all I can do is describe...

Winning Words - Word Wall
Racing to Read - Reading Minutes: Race Track with the kids names on cars (I move them once a week according to their rdg calendar).
Slamdunk Spelling - Kids' names on basketballs - they get a sticker for every 100% they get on a Spelling test and after 5 stickers, they get a prize and a new basketball.
Lunch is Served - Lunch menu and other info...I have a tennis racket (a real one) and tennis ball hanging up next to it.
Teamwork - Job board -- each kids' name is written on a baseball cap diecut
Reading Dugout - Classroom library
Homerun Writing - Writing...

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Sports theme ideas...
Posted by:7/8 Teacher #75844

I also have a sports theme in my 7/8 classroom. I found many of my ideas on here last summer!!

**Citizenship Awards (MVP's)
**Classroom Library (Field of Dreams...sports pillows and green carpeting..)
**Get in the Game...READ!
**We Make a Great TEAM!!
**8th Grade All Stars
**Newsletter (All Star News)
**Jobs (Teamwork)
**Keep a Winning Attitude
**Kicking off for a Great Year!
**Give it Your Best Shot!
**The teacher stores have a ton of sports posters

Good Luck!! I'm sure I could think of more, if you need it!!

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Sports Theme Ideas
Posted by:Crystal #57686

I teach fifth grade. I have used a sports theme for the past two years now, and love it. I try to focus on teamwork, so the theme fits in very well.

Beginning of the year board: I give each student a soccer ball piece of paper and they have to write a few goals that they hope to achieve in fifth grade. Then on a green bulletin board, I staple a net to look like a goal and put their soccer balls on there. I title in Aiming for our Fifth grade goals.

I have two sayings in my room: Teamwork Works and There is No I in team. I have a pencil on each of their desks the first day, that says Teamwork Works.

On the Door, I put Welcome to Mrs. R's Team.

Jobs-Special Teams, I put each child's name on a foot ball, and the name of the class job is on a goal...

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Sports Theme Ideas....
Posted by:Janine #62580

I teach 8th grade, and I have a sports theme this year. I'll try to share my "baseball" ideas.

First of all, I have two great "Brain Teaser" books for sports. The first one is "Sports Math" by Fran Schaffer Publications; the second, is "Sports Brainteasers 4th Grade and Up". I have the class divided into teams (groups of 4). I found a diagram of different sports fields (football, baseball, etc) at a sporting goods store. It is actually a coach's clipboard, with many different sports. I enlarged them at Kinko's on the poster machine. Each team competes by completing brain teasers from the sports books and other activities. In football, the teams have a football at the 50 yard line, and each time they "win" a contest/activity, they move 10 yds. The team with the most touchdowns or the first to a...

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I have a sports theme this year too...
Posted by:ashleyanne #138212

I have an "MVP" board for my student of the week.
I have a board for writing that says "Grand Slam Work!" (baseball)
I have a homework tracker board that says "Slam Dunk Success!" (basketball)
I have a math fact board "We've ACED Our Facts!" (tennis)
I have a reader's area (library) called the "Reader's Dugout"
I have an AR tracker for reading called "AR Stadium" (football)
I also have my conduct & effort area called "The Penalty Box" (hockey)
My classroom helper area is called "Team Players with a Goal!" (soccer)

Maybe these ideas will help you out... good luck!

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name's in the baseball
Posted by:Ashley #77507

I just wanted to share what I used last year with my fourth graders. I had this tin piggy bank in the shape of a fairly large baseball...bought it from Hallmark years ago. I used it in addition to my discipline plan though. I would reward students for good behavior by putting their name in the baseball. At the end of the week, Friday afternoons, they couldn't wait for me to draw my five names from the baseball. I gave them a choice of what they'd like as their reward. There were times when all I had to do was lean over the table, start writing names on my hot pink slips of paper, stick them inside the slot and wa-lah, they were finished talking...because they knew I was looking for those who were following directions. Sometimes I would give them a choice if we were playing...

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Posted by:Kim #59279

I am also doing a sports theme. I may have posted these ideas already on this baord somewhere
so I apologize if I am being repetitive. I'm getting some green carpet that looks like a baseball field for my reading area. I found some blow up chairs at K'Mart that are shaped like baseball gloves. I'm going to sit that over there. The title for my reading center is Field of Dreams. On my lunch count board it says, Look
at What They Are Serving for Lunch. I put a tennis racket up there with tennis balls around it. By our weekly schedule it says Team Schedule. I use Writer's Workshop in my class
by the Writing Center it says, "Dive into Writer's Workshop!" I have a poster of a diver there. Finally, I have different types of balls outside of my room...

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Sports Theme Ideas
Posted by:IndyRae #138211

Here's a list of sports bulletin board headers and misc. ideas I have compiled from my searches online (many from Proteacher message boards) over the last 3 years. I hope this helps!

Word Study: Tackling Tough Words and Homerun Spelling

Writing: Writer's Arena and On the "Write" Track

Reading: Reader's Dugout, Catch a Great Book, and Look Whose Been Caught Reading

Math: We've "Aced" Our Math Facts, Major League Math, and Touchdown!

Behavior:The Penalty Box, On Track with Good Behavior, On the Right Track, and 3 Strikes and You're Out! You could also have some type of scoreboard for rewarding positive behavior.

Classroom Jobs: Team Positions and Special Teams

Morning Work: Morning Kickoff

Other Management Ideas: Arrange desks into "teams" and have each...

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