Through this blog I have connected with quite a few Harry Potter teacher-fans. You guys inspired me to share my classroom theme, which Kelly had a great deal of influence upon. Ok, more than influence, she thought of the idea and forced me to do it about 3 days before school started. Allow me to share the story.
First, one thing you must know about me is I start getting the school bug on August first. I hound custodians for the date I am allowed back in my room and have moved my furniture back in my classroom by myself in order to start prepping (I have an illness). One day, when I should have been organizing books or hanging bulletin boards I was sitting in Kelly's FANTASTIC Ocean themed classroom whining and drinking a vanilla bean coffee coolatta. I was in awe of her adorable theme and complained that in 5th grade you can't have a theme because 5th graders are all "big" and "cool". To help, or to shut me up, or a combination of both Kelly mentioned that I need to incorporate a theme that I love because I will be in the room 5 days a week. Through some quick brainstorming, she mentioned I could use the Harry Potter books as my theme.
Problem-It was 3 days before school started, I was already hanging up my baseball posters and using my lame (no offense) "we are all a team" theme. I was tempted to stick with it, but the allure of Harry was just too much. I scoured the Internet and found...NOTHING. Seriously, not one Harry Potter birthday calendar, bulletin board paper, or border. (Seriously, I have been tempted to call JK Rowling and asked that chick to hook up with a company and get this stuff made). So I went to work and created my first Harry Potter poster.
|Printed out from the computer, edited, and mounted on construction paper. |
Hermione waits for me to call on her.
|On the first day of school everyone is "sorted" into a house by the sorting hat.|
|I copied the excerpt straight from the novel.|
My students sit with their table for one month and work together to earn house points. At the end of the month the house with the most house points wins the House Cup . The students are resorted (without the ceremony) and the House Points competition starts all over again.
|My closet door keeps track of the points.|
|My students mailboxes are labeled the Owlery and a few feathered friends,|
including Hedwig perch there.
|We are currently finishing HPSS, here is one of my bulletin boards|
My tables are labeled Potter, students who cannot behave are put in Azkaban (figuratively of course), and Potter decor now litters my room. Here are some more pictures.
|I picked up a few chocolate frog boxes from a|
recent trip to Harry Potter World to decorate the
corners of my bulletin board.
I made this border myself: it is many, many, MANY 8 inch strips printed, cut, glued, and laminated. It took forever-but I love it.
|My letter to Hogwarts- I was accepted!|
|Homemade Birthday Chart- There was a frog underneath Harry!|
|I use starred paper for my bulletin board, like the Great Hall ceiling.|
My kids drew me these HP pencil sketches. NOT BAD!
|I solemnly swear that I am up to no good!|
|The Magic Wands from four of the characters.|
Can you guess who?
Let the Magic Begin!