Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cover that classroom clutter with easy curtains

It's that time of year.
We're all in our classrooms, getting ready for the best year ever.
We straighten. We plan. We buy things. We try to declutter, but everything we pick up, we think we just might need we don't throw it away.
We organize.
We know that a nice-looking classroom contributes to great learning, teamwork, rising test scores, and all the rest.
So, take the time to cover up all the manipulatives in this easy way. The things we need are still close by.
Whether you have an Animal Print Classroom theme, a Dog Classroom theme, Superheroes Classroom theme, or anything else, you can find a coordinating set of sheets to make these simple and economical clutter-covering classroom curtains.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tissue paper and glue can really make your classroom theme stand out!

Students can make some amazing things for a classroom theme with paper, tissue paper, and watered down glue. Take a look at the colorful animals in this Animal Print Classroom/Jungle/Rainforest. The students are going to love these big decorations because they helped to make them. It's going to be a great year when the students have a room they want to learn in every single day!  Read more  

Monday, July 13, 2015

Animal Theme Classroom Tic Tac Toe Boards

 Wouldn't these Tic Tac Toe boards look great in your Animal Print classroom?  I made these Animal Print Tic Tac Toe boards for a Gifted Leadership event called The Shoe Carnival. Our GT Leadership middle school students headed up a carnival to raise money for Amy for Africa when they were taking 26,000 pair of Sketchers to Uganda. So, all the carnival events were focused on shoes, socks, feet, and toes and ALL with an African decorative touch. The event was a success and we surpassed our fundraising goal.

I also knew these Tic Tac Toe boards would come in handy in the classroom.
Tic Tac Toe can be pulled out for those rainy day recess games.
They can be used in math class and not just for simple Tic Tac Toe. You can tic tac toe multiplication facts, factors, multiples and many other great games. Just look it up on Pinterest!
Once the students know some of the other games, these Animal Print Tic Tac Toe boards can be put into your Centers rotations, too.

I took one piece of white poster board and cut it into 4 pieces.  I ran copies of a tic tac toe board (just Google it) in a color to match my theme and picked out Duck Tape to coordinate. (so, this idea will work for whatever your classroom theme is)  I glued the tic tac toe board onto the poster boards and then put Duck Tape around the edges by taping it half-way along the edge and then flipping it over and taping down the other half onto the back of the board. (see photos)

These versatile Tic Tac Toe Boards will stand the test of time. I also have some that have a page protector pocket in the center so I can switch the game out and students can write on them with an Expo marker.
If you make some to match your classroom, post a photo in the comments - I'd love to see yours!