Monday, July 9, 2012

Animal/Safari Classroom Theme!

Linking up for Show Me Sunday: Classroom Themes and Surfin' Through Second's Classroom Themes Linky!
Since I saw my new 5th grade room last month I have been SUPER excited to add my own personal touch and create a warm and inviting learning environment for both my students and myself.  (Hey - I spend lots of time at school - I need to like it, too!) So I needed some feng shui for my 5th grade space. Since my room is mainly white and I like an "earthy" feel, I decided to go with an Animal/Safari theme! Here are a few highlights.....

My bulletin boards will have fadeless black paper with animal print trim. I like these because they look like real fur instead of just drawings.

And then I discovered a dangerous place.............Hobby Lobby!
And I walked away with these.......
(Yes - I paid for them first! LOL!)
A little touch of zebra for my desk. And a dry-erase calendar with a bit of animal print at the top..........and some stickers, post-its, binder clips, and a pair of scissors.
I also found some little bins in that other dangerous spot - the Target dollar isle.
I already have A TON of greenery from my Greek Mythapalooza days when I taught 6th grade, so I might repurpose some it as some jungle-ish accents. (The green lava lamp I've had since I was 16 and no matter what theme I have, it will always have a place in my room!)
Of course, I needed a spiffy new classroom blog design to go with my new grade and new theme, so again Misty & Erika at Honey Bunch Blog Design helped me out:


So what are your plans to feng shui your space this year?


12 comments:

  1. I love your theme and I bet your students will too! Like your Lava Lamp - I have a set of Mickey Ears that will always have a place in my classroom!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kelly! I'm not following your blog. :-)

      Corrina

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  2. Oooo, Corrina, I love it!! Do you have a Michael's nearby? I was there the other day and in their dollar section they have TONS of animal/safari items that are super-cute!! Thanks so much for linking up at 3-6 Free Resources :)

    ~Stephanie
    3rd Grade Thoughts

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    1. Stephanie - I DO have a Michael's close to me! I'll have to check that out - thanks for the tip!

      Corrina

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  3. First of all how often do you find another Corrina?? Mine is spelled with 2 n's but people always spell it with 2 r's:) I love your theme! I think it's perfect for upper grades. My daughter is headed into 5th and is all about animal prints:) I love your class blog design too. I am working on one for my class this year too. Thank you so much for linking up!!

    Aloha,
    Corinna
    Surfin' Through Second

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    1. Corinna - I know! We have a rather unusual name. And most people spell mine with 2 n's - ha! In fact, on half my school items, including my e-mail, my district has it spelled that way. Argh! How do you pronounce your name? Mine is Core-een-uh, but my previous principal insisted on calling me Car-in-uh. Oh well! My parents named me after the Bob Dylan song "Corrina, Corrina". Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad to know that my classroom theme seems to be on target for 5th graders. :-)

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  4. Hey there! I'm giving you the versatile blogger award! Head on over to my website to check it out!

    Ms G. In Grade 3

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    1. Thank you, thank you!! I'll stop by soon. :-)

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  5. I love your blog. I also love your theme. I am wild about learning,and you can do so much with this theme. I am your newest follower. Come visit me at Homemade First Grade http://homemadefirstgrade.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Lori!! Just followed you....

      Corrina

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  6. Hi!

    I am a first year teacher in fifth grade! I was contemplating a jungle/safari theme focused on the exploration component, but wanted to make sure that it wasn't too "childish" for my 5th graders. This post introduced ways to accomplish this! Thanks so much!! I look forward to more posts throughout the year!

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    1. Hi Carissa! Thanks for stopping by. :-) I did an informal poll of a few 10 and 11 year olds that I know to see what themes they liked best. Animal prints and pirate were the most frequently mentioned by both the boys and the girls. Maybe pirate in a few years when I get tired of this. I'd love to see how your classroom looks when you get it all set up. Good luck this year!!

      ~Corrina

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