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Classroom Theme Linky Party





Surfin' Through Second is hosting a Classroom Theme Linky Party.  Be sure to drop by and check it out.  Seeing all the great ideas is so inspiring!

Right now I'm working on a Superhero theme for next year and when I get it all pulled together I'll post about it.  The last 2 years I've had a detective theme that I have loved.  I didn't take nearly enough pictures but I'll share some of what I have.



A detective theme is wonderful because it connects to the curriculum so well.  You can have your students search for clues in reading, investigate science, and be on the lookout for clues in word problems. In addition to decorating the room with cute detective clip art, I decided to get my class involved with the theme.

On the first day of school, I took pictures of my little detectives.

To get their little brains jump-started after the long summer break, I presented a mystery for them to solve.  Our class mascot, Scooby Doo, had been stolen!!  I walked in one morning and found these footprints leading to the place where Scooby hung out.

I found this message on the board.

The message is hard to read in the picture, but it says:
"I have Scooby!  If you want him back, follow the clues."

The kids took turns investigating the crime scene.

As I received new clues throughout the day, I would hang them up on the board.
 I think #6 is kind of creepy but the culprit had lunch duty while the 3rd graders were in the cafeteria.

My kiddos recorded the clues in their handy-dandy notebooks, I mean case files. The case files were mini file folders with paper inside.  One page was a scrambled message with the thief's name.  We worked on this mystery off and on throughout the day but no one could solve the mystery.  Some of the kids were so intent on finding the culprit they took their case files home for homework.  With some parental help, one of my kids came back with the mystery solved the next day.
The "thief" was our math interventionist (you might recognize her from the rounding cheer I posted here). She came in and talked with the kids for awhile about piecing together clues.

Putting the mystery together was a lot of work but it was fun.  We got the school year off to a great start and the kids were excited about school.  I can't wait to do some blog stalking and get some awesome ideas for next year.


GiveawayAfter you check out the theme linky party, visit Delighted in Second's cute blog and enter a chance to win a $20 TPT gift certificate.  If your wish list is as long as mine, you could really use that gift certificate!

12 comments

  1. What a great idea, I have never thought of a detective theme, but I'm sure it does tie into everything! There are so many books and games to go along with it too. Good luck with the Super Hero theme!

    Aloha,
    Corinna
    Surfin' Through Second

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  2. Cute ideas! I love the fact that you had your kids become actual detectives. Thanks for visiting my blog and for introducing me to yours.

    Heather at TeachItToday!

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  3. I absolutely love your ideas! Your detective pictures are downright adorable!! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  4. What fun! I love your detective theme! Superheros will be cute too! Can't wait until you post pics for us. It's so fun seeing everyone else's classroom themes. Come by when you get a chance. BTW, I'm your newest follower

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox

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  5. What an awesome classroom. AS my boys would say it is totally epic! Your blog is adorable too!

    Misty
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

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  6. Hi!
    I was so glad I found your post on the detective theme...that is what we're doing in our room this year! My co-teacher came up with the idea of having the students be FBI (Fellow Book Investigators) agents, and thus the theme was born. Would you be willing to share some of the other ideas/bulletin boards/clip arts/etc you used in your classroom? I would appreciate it so much! My email is maryh.lester@hotmail.com. Thanks in advance! :)

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  8. Wow! Your detective theme is adorable! I will have to utilize your ideas when we discuss mysteries. I just saw lots of superhero stuff at Michaels yesterday. So, if you haven't already seen it, check it out! My friend is a Wonder Woman superfan, so I was checking out the bags and notepaper. I was bummed they didn't have the mini lunch boxes in the WW motif.

    Your blog is amazing!

    Grade Three is the Place For Me

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  9. I love this idea!! I homeschool my girls and they love any kind of detective work. One of their favorites has clues that take them from one place to another before finally finding the prize at the end. I am now following your site and have grabbed your button for my new blog. Thanks! www.learning-4-keeps.blogspot.com

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  10. When you get your superhero theme up and running you need to come over to my blog to link up! I'm hosting a classroom theme linky party. I can't wait to see your super hero room!! -Julia

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