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.
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.
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.
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.
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