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A collection of ideas to use when creating a garden/bug theme in your classroom.
theme
Posted by:luv2teach77 #138241

How about a "garden" theme? I did it one year and used lots of sunflowers and bugs. I bought a small tent at Target that was very colorful and had butterflies and ladybugs on it that my students used to read in.

I also made a very cute birthday display using a planter box filled with some of that green foam and spanish moss on top. I bought birthday pencils and used a flower die-cut. I wrote their name and birthday on the flower and hot glued it to the eraser part of the pencil. Then stick all the flower pencils in the planter box and you have "Blooming Birthdays".

For my behavior system, I covered a BB in cute yellow fabric with little bees. I used a card system that year, but each card was actually a different color flower...

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Garden theme
Posted by:Dewey #40524

I've been thinking of your theme...went to terrific nursery...can get awesome decor there...why not real things rather than bulletin boardsets...watering cans are adorable...etc.Wind chimes, socks,flags, fountains...reading corner-turf mat(grass),picket fence,garden bench,clay pots for days...bird houses too...

Titles:
Look Who Sprouted In Ms...Class
Good Behavior Taking Root...
Hey Bud ,Blooming Good Work!
In 1st Grade Seeds are Planted, Education Blossoms!

Could use overalls pocket chart for jobs...Why not pull seed packs to go to the garden center(class store)? Plant constantly...great science...keeps room stunning...and kid created too! Writing center could be potting table...collect calendars for prompts...Reward... wear gardening hat or clogs for the day... Sorry to run on ...HAVE FUN PUTTING TOGETHER YOUR ROOM!

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pics
Posted by:teachntx #1675

ok, here are a few pics...

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Curtains
Posted by:teachntx #1676

I made the curtains by buying checkered curtains at WalMart and using iron on printer paper. I used DJinkers bugs and just printed and ironed on. Simple:) We could do curtains to any theme.

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one more
Posted by:teachntx #1680

This one is simple too, but you could improve on it too. I had 3-D grass/plastic flowers and DJinkers Picket fence at the bottom.

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Garden Fun
Posted by:BuzyBee #57523

I'm thinking of using this theme this coming year because I love ladybugs and bees. Here's what I am thinking of doing...

Good Work Board: "Good Work is Blooming!" or "Prize winning work!"

Behavior Managment: I'm using a card pulling system and each card will have a picture of a daisy. The first daisy will have five leaves, second daisy four leaves, etc.

Jobs: "Worker Bees" Each student has a bee on a big hive listing jobs; OR "Helping Hands in the Garden or A Garden of Help!" Each student has their name on a silk flower head glued to a push-pin (ask a craft store or floral shop to donate these because they really can't use them without stems) List jobs on paper clay post and stems, rotate flowers as needed.

Decorations: Drape floral garland over board tops, doorways, window tops. Use big plastic bugs...

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Behavior Chart
Posted by:teachntx #1673

Hope this helps... I used this theme last year and made the chart for my behavior system. I will attach the parent note too.

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Note home
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My bug room!
Posted by:Laura H. #95532

I am also doing a bug theme next year. I ordered tons of items from Trend. You can go online and look. I got the "Busy Bees" helper chart. I got "We're Buggy for Books" bulletin board set. I do a spellling incentive challenge and I got bug themed charts and sparkly bug chart stickers. I am going to also order some bug things off of Oriental trading. Out in the hall, I am going to put these HUGE butterflies I found in the Trend Catalog with the phrases: Spread your Wings and Fly into Learning! For their names at open house I bought a bunch of bug notepads (dragonfly, spider, worm, ladybug). I was going to dye cut words and put, "We are buggy about learning in Fourth Grade!". Ummm, lets see. Trend has bug desk tags too. This is about all I can think of right now. I am...

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Garden Theme?
Posted by:Heather #75484

I am also thinking about doing a garden theme for my 3rd grade classroom next year. I have a few ideas, but let me know if you think of any others! I really need a creative door idea!

I am going to have a "reading garden" as my reading center. It is going to have pictures on the wall that look like seed packets with "reading thyme" and "forget-me-not to read" on them. I'm going to try to get a picket fence, also, to put against the wall behind my couch.

We have "scholarly behaviors" that we use at our school and I am going to put those next to flowers with a title "Budding Scholars".

I will also have a bulletin board where the students list books that they recommend - "If books were flowers, we'd pick these!"

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Garden Theme
Posted by:MJH #41471

We had a school-wide theme "Planting the seeds of knowledge" and that is how I came about doing my Reading Garden. My point of view was that just like plants, students minds grow. My students really enjoyed the center and when spring came, our unit of study on plants, we planted our own flowers and sat the boxes in the reading area. I used the book "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle to help introduce the unit. The story is about a seed finding it's way to a place to grow. This led to discussion about "self". I also used the story of the "Giving Tree" by Shel Silversten for friendship. My 5 year olds really debated whether the boy was a good friend or not to the tree.

How about doing a Mary Mary Quite Contrary board. Using pictures of your students from the first day of school and...

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Ladybug Theme
Posted by:BuzyBeeTeacher #57469

Just about anything can work for a classroom theme! Pick something you love. Here are some ideas for ladybugs that I came up with:

Ladybug Theme:

Welcome Board: "GREAT STUDENTS SPOTTED!" Put each student's name on a little leaf and put a giant ladybug in the center.

Jobs: "Busy Bugs!" Put a cardboard leaf with a clothespin glued to it and write the job on the leaf. Give each student a bug with their name and rotate jobs as needed.

Behavior Board: If you use a card pulling system in a pocket chart, you could customize it by cutting out five leaves for each student and numbering them 1-5. Students could change their leaf as a consequence.

Individual behavior management: Make small desk incentive charts for students with clip art. Give them a ladybug with no spots (use white out...

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Bug Theme
Posted by:Krissy #40727

Bug Fun:

BULLETIN BOARDS:
Good work: "Bee-utiful Work" with bees;

OR "Works that Glows!" with little lightning bugs

Daily Info: "The Buzz" or "Look What's Buzzing"

Jobs: "Worker Bees" or "Classroom Jobhive" with
a big beehive with jobs on it.

Welcome Board: "Look who's buzzing into ___'s room!"

Material: Find colorful bug fabric to use as backgrounds.

*READING CORNER: Put up green paper around the corner, and glue large silk leaves all over it. Glue tiny plastic bugs around. Put a couple of plants. "Buzz on in to read a good book!"

*WREATH: I made a little wreath for the door that said "BEE YOUR BEST!" and I glued plastic bugs all over it.

*MAGNETS: I hot-glued big plastic bugs to clothespins and used big magnets. These were very handy for the boards to hang stuff or...

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Reading Garden
Posted by:MJH #40734

I have my reading area set up as a garden. I have taken artificial flowers and put them in planter boxes. I have latice with artifical vines on it that is used on one side to help define the area. I found birds, butterflies,other insects and other garden equipment at Wal-Mart. I use planter boxes sort the books by theme and author. I made a bench using 2 milk crates, a piece of board and foam then covered in with floral fabric. I also made to stools using crates and seat cushions.

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