As you can tell from this blog, I love the idea of combining sports and education. Associating education with sports gets children excited about learning and allows them to connect what they're learning to the real world. That's why many teachers use themes in their classrooms-- to inspire students. Themes can focus on certain units or be used all year long. Many students love sports, which is why sports themes are a great idea to incorporate into a classroom.
Looking for ideas? Here are a few sports themes that will get students in the game...
*Create a reading corner designated as 'The Dugout' and decorate with baseball related items.
-You can also use yellow poster board to make a large bat. On the bat, write "Hit the Books!" Plan to have the kids write the titles of books they have read throughout the year on baseballs which can hang either from the ceiling or on the wall behind your library area.
*At the beginning of the year, give each student a soccer ball piece of paper and have them write a few goals that they hope to achieve. Then on a green bulletin board, staple a net to look like a goal and put their soccer balls on there. It can be titled 'Aiming for Our Fifth grade goals.'
Include sayings such as, 'Teamwork Works' and 'There is No I in team.' If you'd like, put a pencil on each student's desk on the first day that reads 'Teamwork Works' and have a sign on the door that reads 'Welcome to Mrs. P's Team.'
*As a first week activity, students can also pair up to create team pennants that can be used as decorations for your classroom or for a team bulletin board. Students can brainstorm encouraging sayings for the pennants before they get to work.
*Create a baseball diamond and name it 'Homerun Spelling.' If students earn a 100% on their test they'll have a baseball on Home Plate, 1 wrong - 1st base, 2 wrong- 2nd place, etc. Then when a child earns 15 homeruns, they earn a baseball pen.
*Create a bulletin board that is titled, "Have a ball on your birthday!"
-Write students' birthdays on various sports balls.
*Create a bulletin board that is titled, "Special Teams."
-Put each child's name on a football, and the name of the class job on a goal post.
*Create a bulletin board that is titled, "Sliding into Writing"
-include Baseball bases with steps to writing
*Create a bulletin board titled, "Homerun Spellers"
-the board can be designed as a Baseball diamond with baseballs with students' names on them. If they score a 100% on tests, they get a baseball sticker on a chart. 15 stickers they earn a baseball pen.
GETTING PARENTS TO HELP:
*On parent night, have a "wish" list with items that you need for the classroom such as markers, paper plates, etc. Label a poster size baseball glove with "Pitch In", put class needs on cut-outs of baseballs and have parents take a baseball and return the donated item to the class.
*On your bulletin board, chalk a cute baseball boy with his glove in the air and title it "Get 'Caught' With Good Character."
-When another student sees someone demonstrating a good character trait, write their name on a baseball and put it on the board.