9.25.2011

BEE-THEMED CLASSROOM {freebies!}


This year, I wanted to have a bit of a theme for my third graders. I didn't want to give up my September sunflower door, so I thought adding bees to the mix would mesh nicely.
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You may recognize the hanging beehive I made from THIS post.
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The kids made their own sunflowers and wrote things that make them happy on the leaves. THIS little gal wrote: "my hores make me happy," until I made her fix the spelling.




This is the display that greeted my new students by the door...each of their names written on a cartoon bee.
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FUN FACT: This phrase comes from the fact that bees actually have little sacs behind their knee to store pollen. That's where the good stuff is.




In the classroom, I added a bee themed sign above the birthday cupcakes.




And labeled the class jobs chart: Hive Helpers.




Here is where the "bee" happy bunting hangs above my desk. I made flags with scrapbook paper, color printed text, and an Internet found clip-art bee. Then, I strung ribbon through punched holes in the top corners. 
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Easy peasy.




And I revamped my writing center area with bee-patterned cloth, a sunflower border, and my favorite part: beehives for each phase in the writing process. Each child has a bee clothespin with their name on it that they move according to where they are on their project.
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I'll post more on this later with free downloads for my teacher followers who are interested.





I also made several variations of slips I can randomly place on desks looking especially neat and organized...a behavior I definitely want to encourage! Maybe I'll include a little treat too.
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(Drones are male honeybees that forage for pollen.)




Here is a similar one I made for a simple, quiet recognition of those especially kind acts I see around the classroom.







Desk Drone certificates for Bee-themed Classroom
You're welcome to a download if you could use them too. Just print and cut into strips.
Caught Being Nice
Print, cut, and enjoy.





3 comments:

Katie Koivisto said...

Seriously? ADORABLE! I wish I was a third grader right now!

Andrea said...

Super cute.
Are you in YW now by chance? I keep thinking of Beehives with all those bees!

S. Parker said...

Just found your blog via Pinterest. I love how well organized your classroom looks. I love the storage crates organized by themes. Such a good idea. :)

www.learningwithmrsparker.blogspot.com

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