- It's important for young students to feel like a part of the larger group.Katy McDonnell/Digital Vision/Getty Images
Using a puzzle theme is a creative way to show students how students in a classroom act as one unit. Create a cardboard display with big, colorful puzzle pieces. Put a student's name on each piece of the puzzle, and spread them around. At the top of the display, write "Welcome to Miss Mary's Second Grade Class, where we all fit together like the pieces of a puzzle."
- Displays can be set outside of the classroom so students are welcomed before they enter.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
You can use acronyms to spell out the rules of the class while welcoming students. The race car theme works for younger classrooms. Start with a big sign that welcomes your class with "Fifth Graders -- Start your Engines." Decorate the sign with pictures of race cars or a race track. "Race" can stand for (1) respect yourself and others, (2) always have a positive attitude, (3) cooperate and always do your best and (4) excellence is the key to success.
- Invite students to jump in and learn with a motivating sea theme. Create a display with sea animals, such as sharks, dolphins and fishes. At the top, create a sign that says "Dive in and Explore." You can also do a straight 'School of Fish' theme and have paper fish pasted on the display with a student's name on each one. Give the kids name tags in the shapes of fish.
Sail Into Learning
- You can use a subject with this theme as well, such as "Sail Into Math."Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images
Use a big piece of lightweight foam or cardboard, and cut out a large sailboat. Hang it above the classroom door along with a sign that says "Sail Into Learning". Around the door, place paper anchors with each student's name on it. Finish off your door display with a large anchor in the middle of the door with the grade and teacher's name on it, surrounded by the word "Welcome."