Monday, July 25, 2011

Classroom Theme Days

Next week my grade level is meeting to revamp our theme days and units. I hoped to hear from many of you about theme days in your classroom. Last year we did Polar Express Day.  I think we are getting a little tired of doing the same thing every year, not to mention that so many other grade levels do something similar. We wanted to keep a themed day for the week before Christmas break, but we want something new. I thought maybe just a winter theme or snow theme of some sort would be cute. When I say themed day I mean the whole day revolves around this idea. We incorporate our math, science and reading around this theme.
We already have a great theme day for Halloween and Spring, but we need to seriously revamp our winter theme. Are there any special things you do in your class other than just a party. Are there books centered around this theme, are their centers, crafts, poetry, writing or any other subject?

6 comments:

  1. We've done Christmas Around the World. We made passports and that last week of school we rotated classrooms and each teacher taught about a different country and how they celebrated in that country.

    Becky
    http://ep2ndgraderocks.blogspot.com/

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  2. Christina Bainbridge has a Snow Fun Day unit that includes activities using Snowflake Bentley and I Know a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow. You can find it here - http://www.teachingoasis.com/resources.htm#specialdays. It is under Special Days. I also have some activities that I have done to go with it. If you are interested in them, just let me know.
    maria.youngblut@cardinalcomet.com

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  3. For a theme before Christmas, how about using the book - How the Grinch Stole Christmas?

    http://teachingmaketheworld.blogspot.com/

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  4. We also do Christmas Around the world but we don't rotate to different classrooms. Many of the teachers on my team did NOT want to do that. So.....each teacher took a country and came up with lessons/activities to do each day. We put each mini unit in a box and they rotated to the different rooms each day. My country is Germany and I found a powerpoint, they made a hat (sentence strip and a ellison punched evergreeen tree that the kids decorated), and had a coloring activity for the students. It is optional to share a snack to do. I used the Little Debbie christmas tree cakes for my special snack since the tree tradition began in Germany. I am moving to K this year so I would love to hear about special events people celebrate with their kids/grade levels.

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com
    Busy in Kindergarten!

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  5. I Love all of these ideas, I can't wait to talk with my team. Thank you all for adding to the discussion, you got me thinking for sure :)

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  6. We did The Best Christmas Pageant Ever last year. The kids loved it!

    mrscaricosclass.blogspot.com

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