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Top 5 Trending Classroom Themes for 2024: Inspire and Engage Your Students

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Top 5 Trending Classroom Themes for 2024

As the new school year approaches, teachers everywhere are looking for fresh and exciting ways to decorate their classrooms. Well, this daunting task can be made easier when you have pictures or a blog post like this for a little inspiration. This post guides you on how to transform your classroom with a well-chosen theme and also gives you 5 of the top trending classroom themes for 2024 that are sure to inspire both you and your students.

A simple classroom

Should I Have a Classroom Theme?

Absolutely! Having a classroom theme can really bring your space to life and make it feel cohesive and inviting for your students. It sets a positive tone for the year, helps build a sense of belonging, and makes learning more engaging and fun. Plus, a well-thought-out theme can transform your classroom into a place where students feel comfortable, excited, and motivated to learn every day.

A collage of classroom themes

How Do I Choose a Theme For My Classroom?

Choosing a theme for your classroom can be a fun process in spite of the challenges. Here are a few tips that you should consider when making a decision:

  1. Student Interests
Think about what your students enjoy. Are they fascinated by space, animals, or superheroes?

illustrations representing space, animals, and superheroes

2. Educational Goals

Choose a theme that aligns with your teaching goals. For example, a science lab theme can foster curiosity in STEM subjects.

Students in a STEM class

3. Practicality
 Ensure the theme is easy to implement and maintain throughout the year.

school timetable

4. Personal Preference
 Select a theme you are excited about, as your enthusiasm will inspire your students.

A happy, smiling teacher in an elementary classroom

Now, let's explore some popular classroom themes that you can consider for transforming your classroom this school year:

Popular Classroom Themes for Your Classroom

1. Space Adventure

The fascination with space continues to captivate young minds. A space-themed classroom can be out of this world with rocket ship posters, planets hanging from the ceiling, and starry night backgrounds. Incorporate elements like astronaut job charts and a Spaced-themed reading corner to make learning a cosmic adventure.

Space-themed classroom theme

2. Under the Sea

Dive into learning with an under-the-sea theme. Decorate your classroom with ocean waves, colorful fish, and sea creatures. Create an underwater reading nook with blue fabric and hanging jellyfish decorations. This theme can also be a great way to incorporate lessons about marine biology and conservation.

under-the-sea themed classroom

3. Wild Safari

Turn your classroom into a jungle safari where students can embark on a learning expedition. Use animal print borders, leafy green decorations, classroom job titles and safari animals to set the scene. An explorer’s tent can make a great cozy reading area. Also a safari birthday board can serve as an attractive an eye-catchy interactive addition. This theme encourages curiosity about wildlife and different habitats.

4. Camping

Create a classroom campground with a camping adventure theme. Use tents, campfire decorations, and nature-inspired accents to bring the outdoors inside. Set up a "Camp Read-a-Lot" area with sleeping bags and lanterns for a cozy reading nook. This theme can inspire lessons about nature, survival skills, and teamwork.

Camping Themed classroom decor

5. Superheroes

Empower your students with a superhero-themed classroom. Use bright colors, comic book decorations, and superhero posters to create an energetic and motivating environment. Design a "Hero of the Week" board to recognize student achievements and try a superhero-themed labels. This theme promotes confidence and teamwork.

Superhero-themed classroom editable labels

These trending classroom themes for 2024 offer a variety of ways to create an engaging and inspiring learning environment. Choose a theme that resonates with you and your students, and watch as your classroom comes to life with creativity and excitement. 

Happy decorating!

Enhance Creative Writing Lessons Using a Feelings Phrase Bank

Creative Writing, Feelings Phrase Bank

Listen up! When I say that a teacher never stops thinking, even when we're not at school, I mean it! Recently, I created a feelings picture-word sheet for my kindergarten class to help with their journal writing. They were so excited to write at least a sentence or two in their journals. This is what it looked like:

Creative Writing, Feelings Phrase Bank

When I saw how powerful words were in helping my students express their emotions and experiences, I was inspired. This success led me to the idea of a feelings phrase bank for older students. Naturally, I dove back into my library and did additional research to start building this phrase bank, and I did it!

Creative Writing, Feelings Phrase Bank

 Today I present to you my Feelings Phrase Bank – a fun and comprehensive resource designed specifically to support elementary teachers in enhancing their older students' creative writing skills. It is a great tool to help students develop their writing skills or express ideas.

What Is the Feelings Phrase Bank?

The Feelings Phrase Bank is a set of phrases that students explore and use to describe different emotions. Each page focuses on a specific emotion, such as happy, sad, excited, or scared, and includes a list of sample phrases that students can use in their writing. The phrases are designed to be relatable and easy for young learners to understand.

Here's a sneak peek at what you can expect inside the notebook:

Happy Phrases: "I felt like I was on top of the world," "My heart was bursting with joy," "I couldn’t stop smiling."

Sad Phrases: "Tears welled up in my eyes," "I felt a lump in my throat," "My heart felt heavy."

Excited Phrases: "I felt a rush of excitement," "My heart was racing with anticipation," "I was bouncing with joy."

Scared Phrases: "A chill ran down my spine," "I felt a shiver of fear," "My heart skipped a beat."

Creative Writing, Feelings Phrase Bank

Each page is designed with bright colors and playful illustrations to keep students engaged. There's also a My Phrases section where students can write their own phrases, fostering creativity and personal expression.

Creative Writing, Feelings Phrase Bank        Creative Writing, Feelings Phrase Bank

How to Use the Feelings Phrase Bank in Your Classroom

Using the Feelings Phrase Bank is simple and flexible. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Daily Writing Prompts: Start each day with a writing prompt that encourages students to use a phrase from the bank. For example, "Write about a time you felt excited. Use at least one phrase from the 'Excited Phrases' section."

2. Creative Writing Assignments: Incorporate the phrase bank into your creative writing assignments. Challenge students to write a short story using phrases from multiple sections.

3. Emotion Discussions: Use the phrase bank as a starting point for discussions about emotions. Have students share times they felt a certain way and the phrases they used to describe their feelings.

4. Art Integration: Encourage students to draw pictures that correspond to the phrases they choose. This helps visual learners connect words with emotions.

5. Creative Writing Lessons: During creative writing lessons, students can refer to the Feelings Phrase Bank to find just the right words to express their characters' emotions. This makes their stories richer and more vivid, and helps them become more confident writers.

Suitable for Upper Grades

While the Feelings Phrase Bank is beneficial for younger students in oral discussions, it's an excellent resource for upper elementary grades. Older students often face the challenge of expressing complex emotions in their writing. The phrase bank provides them with a rich vocabulary to enhance their storytelling, making their narratives more vivid and engaging.

Where to Purchase the Feelings Phrase Bank

I'm thrilled to share that the Feelings Phrase Bank is now available for purchase! You can find it on Teachers Pay Teachers and would be added soon on my other platforms. Thank you for considering the Feelings Phrase Bank for your classroom.

 I can't wait to hear about the amazing stories your students will create!

Happy Teaching🌟🥰

Teaching Moral Values in the Modern Classroom: Aesop's Fables Revisited

Teaching Moral values, Aesop's fables

In today's fast-paced, tech-driven world, teaching moral values to young children can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. Yet, these lessons are more critical than ever. As educators, we constantly seek effective ways to instill virtues like honesty, kindness, and responsibility in our students. One timeless and engaging method to achieve this is through storytelling. The Aesop's Fables are the world's best known collection of stories that can be used to teach moral lessons.

Teaching Moral values, Aesop's fables

Why Aesop’s Fables?

Aesop's Fables are stories that have been told for hundreds of years because they are simple and easy to understand. These fables are fun to read and make us think and talk about our actions and choices. Each story ends with a clear lesson, so children can easily learn from them. They are great for today's classrooms because they are short, memorable, and teach important lessons that are still relevant today.

Aesop's Fables are very engaging. They use animals and everyday situations that capture children's attention. The simple stories are easy to understand, and the clever plots keep kids entertained.

Each fable ends with a clear moral lesson, so children can easily learn the message. For example, "slow and steady wins the race" from "The Tortoise and the Hare" and "look before you leap" from "The Fox and the Goat" are easy to remember and use. Aesop's Fables can be used in many activities like storytelling, acting, art projects, and discussions. This makes learning fun and interactive for different learning styles.

Examples and Their Lessons

1. The Tortoise and the Hare 

Teaching Moral values, Aesop's fables

This story teaches the importance of perseverance and humility. In a world where people often want things quickly, it shows that working steadily and not underestimating others is important. Discussing this story with students can lead to talks about setting goals and working hard, no matter how long it takes.

Moral: Slow and steady wins the race. 


2.  The Boy Who Cried Wolf 

Teaching Moral values, Aesop's fables
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This tale is great for teaching honesty and the consequences of lying. It helps students understand that trust takes time to build and can be easily broken. After reading the story, students can discuss why being truthful is important and how lying can affect relationships with friends and family.

Moral: Liars are not believed even when they tell the truth. 


3. The Lion and the Mouse 

Teaching Moral values, Aesop's fables

This story shows that kindness matters and can come from anyone, no matter how big or small. It encourages empathy and generosity. Activities can include brainstorming ways to show kindness every day and sharing personal stories of giving or receiving kindness.

Moral: No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. 


4. The Fox and the Grapes 

Teaching Moral values, Aesop's fables

This fable teaches about handling disappointment and envy. Discussing this story helps students recognize feelings of jealousy and learn how to cope when things don’t go their way. It’s a valuable lesson in understanding and managing emotions.

Moral: It's easy to dislike what you cannot have. 


Making the Lessons Stick

To make these moral lessons more meaningful, try using interactive activities:

  1. Story Discussions: After reading a fable, talk about the story’s lesson. Ask questions that help students think deeply and connect the lesson to their own lives.

  2. Role-Playing: Let students act out the fables. This can be a fun way for them to understand and remember the stories and their messages.

  3. Art Projects: Have students draw scenes from the fables or make their own illustrations of the moral. This helps reinforce the lessons creatively.

  4. Writing Exercises: Encourage students to write their own fables with morals that are important to them. This fosters creativity and helps them express their understanding of moral values.

Useful Aesop's Fables Websites

Here is a list of websites that you can find a comprehensive list of Aesop's Fables:

Library of Congress Aesop's Fables

Gutenberg Website

Lit2go Website

Aesops Fables Website


Using Aesop’s Fables in the classroom is a great way to teach moral values. These stories help students understand what is right and wrong in a fun and easy way. By sharing these fables, you can help children develop a strong sense of right and wrong that will guide them throughout their lives.

So, the next time you want to teach a moral lesson, try using one of Aesop's stories. Your students will enjoy the tales and remember the lessons long after class is over.