Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we know what that means….Teachers always tell us that December passes at warp speed (the entire month is a flurry of holiday activities and excitement) and next thing you know- Winter Break is here. Hey- weren’t we just talking about the first day of the 2010/2011 school year?
Getting your classroom ready for Winter can be a daunting task at this time of year. However, with some advance planning, you can be rest assured you will return from Winter Break with a seasonal and engaging classroom environment (without the rush and stress). Here are some ideas to get you started.
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Update Your Bulletin Board with Winter Bulletin Board Sets. When utilized correctly, the Bulletin Board can be an ideal space to engage your students with current seasons and special Winter occasions such as President’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Black History Month, Valentines Day, St. Patricks Day and more. SchooDoodle also sells bulletin board paper, bulletin board punchout letters, and subject-specific bulletin board sets for early childhood, language arts, math, science, social studies, and foreign language.
Create a Winter Wonderland by decorating with Snowflakes! There are numerous options to do this- lots of teachers will have their students create their own special snowflakes (a relatively inexpensive activity) and hang them in windows and other locations in the classroom. Window Cling Snowflakes are also a fun option in your classroom because they stick to more than just windows! The Static cling vinyl will stick to any laminated or glossy surface, including dry-erase boards, lockers, pencil holders, metal file cabinets, etc.
Utilize Winter Themed Incentive Charts Incentive charts are a fun way to track student progress or goals, tracking homework assignments, rewarding good citizenship and behavior, classroom or home job assignments, and playing games. They can also incorporate the season into your classroom in a fun way.
Turn to eBooks for help. eBooks are an inexpensive way to download a wealth of resources directly to your computer- INSTANTLY! Here are some eBooks that can help you get the class ready for Winter and keep your students sharp over Holiday Break with Study Guides and Test Prep books (parents love these resources!).
Bulletin Board eBooks (lots of Winter Options!)
Test Prep eBooks (Keep Skills Sharp over the Holiday Break!)
Decorate with Winter Crafts you make with your students! Involve your students in the process! Sometimes all you need to make the classroom a bright warm space is a little creativity, some cotton balls, paper, scissors and some Christmas Lights- and voila!
Check out some of these resource articles with great do it yourself classroom ideas and lesson plans:
Teacher Guide To Martin Luther King Jr. from Teach-nology.com
Lesson and Activity Ideas for Celebrating Presidents Day from ProTeacher.org
Black History Month – Teacher Resources from TeacherVision.com
Valentines Day Cards and Crafts from Teachade.com
Filed under: Classroom Decorating Ideas on November 17th, 2010