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First-Week Ideas for Incorporating a Team Theme

By Beth Newingham on August 20, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5

One year, my classroom theme was sports-related, and my class was called “Team Newingham.” The students were sports stars, and I was the coach. Here are a few ways I’ve incorporated this theme into the first week of school:

  • On the first day of school, I gave each student a hat with felt self-adhesive numbers stuck to the front indicating our room number.
  • As a first-week activity, students created pennants to hang in the classroom and the hallway with slogans like "Go Team," "Work Together," "Be a Good Sport," and "Room 13 Winners."
  • Another first-week activity was creating individual baseball cards. I made a simple template that resembled an oversized baseball card and students filled in personal information including their height, their birthday and city of birth, favorite hobbies, number of people in their families, etc. This was a great way to get to know my new "team." We hung the completed cards in the hallway.

Check out photos and download materials to create your own team theme.

Comments (4)

Hi there!

My class website is at a new location, so you will need to visit the Teacher Resource section of my class website to find the links. Here is the new address: http://hil.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/

Sorry for the confusion!

-Beth Newingham

The link is still not working. I would love to get more ideas to use this theme in my classroom.

The link is still not working. Any tips? I am currently using this theme in my room...

The link for this is not working--is there a way to get the link? I thnk this is an awesome idea!

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