It’s never too early to start thinking about your next classroom theme. Classroom decorations help set the tone for a fun and stylish learning environment. Make back to school setup and decorating easy by preparing classroom decorations ahead of time. Try this back to school banner craft using pennants.
- 1 Pack of Orange & Teal Moroccan Pennants
- 1 Pack of Navy Sassy Animal 5” Letters
- 3-5 Various Types of Ribbon
1) Cut 19 pieces of ribbon. Each piece should be approximately 6″.
2) Separate the pennants into 3 sections:
- 4 pennants for “Wild”
- 5 pennants for “About”
- 7 pennants for “3rd Grade”
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- Independence Day is celebrated every year in the United States on the Fourth of July.
- The liberty bell weighs 2080 pounds and its circumference is 12 feet.
- The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson.
- On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence that gave freedom to all who lived in the United States.
- The Declaration of Independence was first read to the public in Philadelphia, where it was celebrated with bells that rang all night long.
- Twelve of the thirteen original colonies approved the final draft of the Declaration of the Independence.
- The first Independence Day celebration took place on July 4, 1777.
- On the 4th of July, we celebrate the birthday of the United States.
- People celebrate the 4th of July by going to picnics, parades and firework shows.
- In 1941, Congress declared the 4th of July a federal holiday.
- Create and color your own U.S.A. flag and 4th of July pictures. Use them as decorations for a 4th of July party.
- Create a mural of a 4th of July parade using paint and a roll of paper across the wall.
- Discuss the Declaration of Independence and have the students write about the importance of freedom.
- Compose an acrostic poem with the word “independence”.
- Do patriotic brain teasers and word scrambles. Download free USA Brain Teasers here.
3) Punch out all the letters and numbers required for “Wild About 3rd Grade”
4) Thread the orange ribbon through the pennants pre-cut holes to connect.
5) Lay 3-4 different ribbons flat above the pre-cut hole, and secure by using
the orange ribbon to tie a double knot. Continue to do this until entire
Making a custom banner is a great way to welcome students back to school. It can be repurposed as an open house banner, first day of school photo backdrop, or bulletin board. Mix and match different letters and ribbons to decorate your classroom.
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4th of July is all about patriotism and fireworks. Share these fun historical facts about the history of 4th of July with your kids, then try some of the suggested activities to celebrate.
4th of July Fun Facts
4th of July Fun Activity Suggestions
Many teachers know that manipulatives are helpful for teaching math to kids, especially younger kids. Using physical objects is a hands-on approach to learning math that helps kids develop math concepts. Pairing number spinners with counters is a great way to teach math by allowing kids to problem solve and count. Here are some great math games to play using math manipulatives and number spinners.
Addition & Subtraction Manipulative Games for Pre-K, Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Practice basic addition and subtraction facts by having students spin a number spinner, this will be the first value. Then have the students spin again on another number spinner, this is the second value. Have the students subtract the second number from the first. Have the students state their answers and show them using counters.
Number Sense and Place Value Game for 2nd – 3rd Grade
Have students practice spinning any of the number spinners and then call out the number they land on. Students can write the number down in word form, to practice the correlation between the word and the numeral representation.
Have students practice this with larger numbers, asking them to spin twice or even three times to make two-and-three-digit numbers. For example, if a student spins three times, and first spins a 3, then a 6, then a 9, he or she should write down the number 369.
Then have them write “three hundred sixty-nine” next to the numerals. Have students practice comparing different numbers they spin. If they first spin the above number (369), then an 8, a 2, and a 1, student should write: 369<821.