What teacher doesn’t get both excited and nervous about the first day of school? This year I will have a 4th/5th grade split class and I am teaching all subjects to both grades (just typing that stresses me out a little). My room is pretty much ready. I decided to go with a PacMan theme this year. I like the color scheme and any video games are a hit with kids (even the old school ones). I am not sure how I ended up with this as a theme, I ran across some items and thought, “Well, that will be different. But, I like it!” Hopefully my kids will like it, too! As an intermediate teacher, most of my yearly themes are centered around a color scheme I like and I change it every year.
I started off with calendar days and month headers.
I give each student a plastic school box to put their personal supplies in since we share table supplies. So I made Pac Man name plates (with each of the 4 ghosts and Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man) to tape to the top of the plastic school boxes.
I use a three drawer cart at each table for notebooks, folders, journals, etc. I decided to redo my drawer labels since my old ones were looking pretty bad. Each table has a color scheme (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple). The label for the “Poetry Notebooks/Spelling Folders” is taped to a colored magazine file that contains these items.
Next, I made table labels and table storage tub labels. They are identical, with one being large and one being small.
I then made hall passes. Of course, I laminated them, hole punched them and attached colored lanyards to them.
I must admit, the more I made, the more I loved the Pac Man theme! We do an ice cream social and I have little goodie bags laid out for each student at their seat. I ordered felt ghosts from a fantastic shop on Etsy. She can make just about ANYTHING in felt! Click here for the link. I also found Pac Man necklaces on Etsy. Click here for the link.
I found some great ghost stuff on Oriental Trading, too! Even inflatable ghosts (click here)! They will look great hanging out all over the room! I ordered some Pac Man pins from Amazon, too.
All of this swag will go into bags with my welcome note attached to the outside and a supply list on the inside.
I even made some ghost-inspired bulletin boards. So much fun!
I am still working on everything, thank goodness I have time (we don’t start school until late August)!
What is your classroom theme this year?