This Summer I also spent a lot of time getting ready for the upcoming school year. I decided to make a change and teach 5th grade. This meant moving classrooms and redecorating. I've never been one to have a theme for my classroom, mostly because I think they end up looking really tacky and busy but I decided to go for a theme this time around. I chose a patriotic them to reflect the American studies of the 5th grade Social Studies Curriculum.
I used a cute patriotic border to frame these pocket charts for Mountain Math and Language. I also made a cute bunting for the window.
I love the little decoration under the whiteboard. It's hard to see here, but there are cute little American flags on twine.
I really wanted a director's chair for Read Aloud. Since there is no carpet for the students to gather on, I needed a tall chair so I could see them all while reading. Well, I found out that director's chairs are actually quite pricey but I ended up finding one listed on KSL and picked it up for only $10. Later I was able to buy the seat and backing for only $10 as well!
Love the way this turned out! I've since added the title to the blue section. The left is my focus wall, the middle is a great math bulletin board idea I found on Pinterest, and the right is an organizational system for guided reading.
I also made a lot of cute patriotic art to frame. It happened to be the 4th of July as I was putting all of this together, so there were a ton of free patriotic printables online that I decided to use as decorations. I bought all the frames at the dollar store and then spray painted them red, white, or blue. Then I used patriotic ribbon to hang them. So cute!
This is my writing wall that I made using plastic plates from the dollar store. It has a bit more to it now, but this was the start.
Patriotic paper balls- $0.75 each on clearance after the 4th of July!
I made this cute candy jar using a flower pot, glass bowl, and a door knob.
I have never had many family pictures in my classroom before, but I decided to change that. I hung all of these pictures on twine using mini clothespins. It is seriously adorable!
I also spent a long time making cursive Word Wall letters and backing them on red or blue paper.
I have absolutely loved teaching fifth grade! It has been a healthy change for me. The curriculum is exciting and the age group is a lot of fun. I do spend quite a bit of time preparing lessons since it's all new to me, but it will be worth it next year!
Here is a beautiful picture of me on Colonial Day. My mother was nice enough to make me this outfit. Gotta love dress up days.