Thursday, May 10, 2012

My New Cat in the Hat Classroom Theme!!!

While some of you are winding down your school year, I still have two months to go... and I decided that a classroom redesign was in order.  I've come across so many cute classroom themes online (jungle, wild west, pirates), but none of them quite worked with what I already had in my classroom.

Finally, it hit me... I needed to make give a classroom a Dr. Seuss theme, and since my favorite Seuss book is Cat in the Hat, I used that as my inspiration for my room!


Update 5/14/2013: For those of you who have been asking for the set, I have redesigned to abide by all copyright laws and reposted it here.  It looks different from the pictures below but it's still super cute!




My first order of business was the "Word Wall" or actually, in my case, the "Word Window."  The background was already the perfect shade of blue, I just needed to add Sally and Nick!

Those blue and green blurred out papers at the bottom are the poems from the book "No More Letter of the Week" and a picture of the kid that was assigned that letter back in September/October.  If you haven't seen the book yet, it totally revamped the way I teach phonics and it made a major difference for the kids!


I ended up doing this using my smart board!  I pulled up the image of Sally and Nick onto my computer, hung bulletin board paper up on the smart board, and traced the image.  Nice and easy!



Next, I needed to revamp my morning meeting resources.  I use a growing number line for how many days we've been in school, so I started with that.  I used my favorite font, and put red circles around the numbers you say when you count by fives, and "Cat in the Hat" hats on the numbers you say when you count by tens.  And yes, I re-did the numbers for the place value chart so the font matched!


After that, I redesigned my "Morning Helper" list.  Each day, one of my students teaches morning meeting.  I use a list posted on the wall as a rotating schedule to keep it fair for everyone!  My school has a poster machine that prints in color, so I was able to make this sign very large... to given you an idea of size, that scroll is a piece of legal paper!


Then, I re-did my months of the year sign!  Even though I'm not in a bilingual class, the kids love learning other languages, so I teach them the months of the year in Spanish as well!  Again, this was printed on our wonderful poster machine!


Obviously, I needed to do a sign for the days of the week also.



I stick the days of the week to the wall using velcro. I also have magnetic tape on the back of the Days of the Week so that they can stick to my metal cabinet.


Here's a overview of this part of my morning meeting area:


Here's a close up of the centers groups that you see in the right hand side of that photo.  I made it look like the Cat in the Hat was presenting the center groups, and I love the texture I put on the word centers!

 
I put that same texture on the new title I made for "Our Schedule" below.



I also made names for the days of the week that match the colors/textures of the other signs I made for the months/days.


Another main part of our morning meeting is "More and Less Math."  We look at the number of days we've been in school and figure out what day it will be when we have one more, and what day it was when we had one less.  We model this will the sticks from our place value chart and reference our number line in the process.  The kids love it.  And... now it clearly goes along with the theme!


I know, I really went overboard!  And I'm not even done showing you everything yet!  Now that morning meeting is over... you have to check out what I did in the rest of the class!

We do a routine during independent reading where we read with a buddy.  The students read for three minutes independently, then for three minutes partner one ("Thing 1") reads, and for three minutes partner two ("Thing 2") reads.  I have these signs at the students seats to remind them who their partner is and give a constant visual of which partner is reading first.


Update 5/12/2012: The theme pack is up on TPT for $4 and I made a freebie to go along with it!

To view the pack on TPT, click the picture below:


To get the freebie, click the picture below!  There are now two versions of this freebie thanks to Busy Bee, who left a great comment below!  Thank you for pointing out how this could be confusing for students!



They may look the same, but the location of "ten less" and "ten more" is switched so it mimics the  look of a 100 chart and corresponds with the Envision Math Program!


Note: This freebie is hosted on Google Docs.  Once you open the file, click File > Download to save onto your computer!

If you like the freebie, be sure to head over to my 200 Follower giveaway to win the whole set!  The contest is going through May 20, 2012!


This post is linked up with Manic Monday!  Be sure to head over there to see some other great freebies!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

39 comments:

  1. Don't be afraid of posting pictures. We love them!
    Great classroom!

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    1. Thanks! I didn't realize how long of a post I wrote until I finished it... and I just added even more pictures now because as I was writing it, I was thinking of all of the things I forgot to take pictures of!

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  2. What program on your computer did you use to create the posters and stuff? I want to make my own classroom theme designs, but I'm not sure where to begin, really!

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    1. I used a few different programs... most of the work (days of the week, Months, More and Less Math, and Morning Helper Sign) I did in Adobe Photoshop. I did the scroll for the Morning Helper sign in Adobe Illustrator. The number of days we've been in school I did in Microsoft Visio, which is an AutoCAD type program. Visio is my ALL TIME favorite program... I got hooked on it back when I did CAD Drafting in high school and make a ton of my stuff in it now!

      If you have any other questions, let me know. Or, if you want me to design a theme for you, I'd be more than willing to do that as well! I had a blast doing this one!

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  3. This looks great! I have thought about using Dr.Seuss as my classroom theme for next year but haven't decided yet. :)
    ~Jada
    Daisy Days for Learning

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    1. Thanks! The kids really love it... you totally should!

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  4. I will be awaiting your TpT pack with bated breath! I've switched from a Garfield theme to Dr. Seuss but want to take it over the top and your pack will help me do it! :)

    - Tracey

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    1. :) So glad you like it! I should be posting it at some point tomorrow... I just have to put it all together!

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  5. love the dr. seuss theme...thanks for sharing your class looks awesome

    Just Wild About Teaching

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  6. Love this! I'm a huge Dr. Seuss fan and I have the start of a theme in my class. I've been trying to figure out what to do as a theme for next year. This year it was Eric Carle. I'm thinking of next year doing Mo Willems. You should do a tutorial on how to create some of this stuff.
    kheinrich9@gmail.com
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

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    1. So true! I'll have to add it to my Technology Tuesday once I figure out how to do it all in Gimp! I'd hate to write a tutorial for Photoshop since a lot of people wouldn't be able to do it. I'll play around with it though and add it to Tech Tuesday when I figure it out!

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  7. I so need this! I rotate between 5 or 6 different classroom themes and I am thinking that my Seuss theme is up for this coming year! This would be a great addition to my collection.

    faithfulinfirst.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm so glad you like it! If you can think of anything thing else I can add to the set be sure to let me know! This is my first classroom theme so I'm sure I'm missing out on some things!

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  8. Your classroom is adorable! Love the freebie, but I'm afraid it would confuse my students. We use the 10 more, 10 less with the hundreds board. The 10 more is at the bottom and 10 less at the top. This is the way it is in the Envision series.

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    1. Thank you for the great recommendation! I hadn't even thought of that, but it actually makes more sense! I put "ten more" on top, since I think of it as being bigger, but it is the opposite of the 100 chart! I've updated the freebie to include a version that has ten more at the bottom and ten less at the top! Thank you!

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  9. I hopped over from Classroom Freebies Manic Monday. I LOVE your classroom and the freebie is great. Thanks so much. :)

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you like it!

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  10. Super Cute! You have made some awesome Dr. Seuss things for your room. Thanks for sharing on Manic Monday.
    Sandra
    Classroom Companion

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    1. Thanks! I'm really happy with how it came out!

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  11. This is so cute!! I like how you were able to use your Smart Board to create larger images on bulletin board paper. Thanks for sharing.

    Jennifer
    The First Grade Dream

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    1. I am not an artistic person at all and it helps make things look exactly the way I want them to!

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  12. Purchased this and am using it in my classroom. Super happy with my purchase!

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    1. So glad you like it and that you're going to use it!

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  13. Adorable theme. Your students will love it.

    Jennifer
    Darling Little Learners

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    1. Yes! And I'm hoping to do more with it!

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  14. Hi there! Your room looks great! Great theme!!! Thanks for linking up on my "Classroom Tours" linky party!!!

    Brigid
    Brigid's Daily Lesson Log

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  15. Just really love your "Cat in the Hat" Theme. I just love Dr. Seuss. Your freebie 10 more 10 less, etc is a great idea. Definitely going to have to use that. Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower.
    Glad I found your blog.

    ilive2learnilove2grow

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  16. Thanks for redirecting me to your Dr. Suess themed 100 board activity. It's always so hard to help students see the relations between numbers, and this sort of activity helps.

    (found post through Manic Monday)

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  17. Wow, I have never seen this post!! I love all of your items:) I would love it if you would link up to my classroom themes linky!! I know lots of people would love to see your items:)

    Aloha,
    Corinna
    Surfin' Through Second

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  18. Hi. Could you tell me where you got the image of Sally and Nick for the silhouette you traced from your smart board? I have a Cat in the Hat theme and I would love to do this to put in my classroom window. Thank you.

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    1. I traced it form the YouTube video of cat in the hat. I hope that helps!

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