Sunday, June 13, 2010


45 Page Beach~Tropical~Ocean Themed Classroom Kit is now available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. It includes all of the following items shown in the sample pictures below, plus more! Click here to view the kit.

Aloha! The pictures below are of my classroom when I used a beach theme. I pulled them directly from my website ( If you visit there, you can read full, detailed descriptions of each of the pictures and about my room.
I've gathered some ideas and links for you to get your classroom all "beachy."
This theme was one of my favorites. I even used it for (insert gasp) two years. There is so much you can do with it and many directions to take it in: pirates, fish, ocean, Hawaiian, tropical, etc.


  • “Fin”tastic ________
  • Behavior Bay
  • Reader’s Reef
  • Get “Hooked” on a Book
  • Birthday Beach
  • Whale of a Job
  • Catch of the Day (calendar)
  • Having a Ball in ___ Grade (Beach Balls)
  • Surfin’ the Web (computer area)
  • Work to Treasure
  • Get into the Swim of Things
  • Dive Into ____________
  • ___ Grade is Oceans of Fun
  • Get Caught Being Good (fish)
  • We’re “Nuts” For ____ (palm tree with coconuts)
  • Sands of Time (Calendar or Schedule)
  • Whale of a “Tale” (writing board)
  • We’re So Bright, We’ve Gotta Wear Shades (take pics of kids wearing sunglasses)
  • We Really Dig _____ (accent with pails and shovels)


  • hang flowered leis around the board
  • trim a grass skirt and hang it from the top of a board
  • trim the board with festive lights. Party stores often sell fish, pineapples, surfboards, etc)


  • beach balls
  • fishing bobbin
  • inflatable fish
  • tiki torches (remove the ‘torch’ part)
  • fishing net
  • boogie board
  • flip flops
  • Cut letters from sandpaper to make titles for your bulletin boards
  • Plastic Shovels and sand toys


Create a large sand castle reading nook using a cardboard box and covering it with sandpaper.

Cover the windows in blue plastic wrap.

Hang fish and seaweed from the ceiling.

Use sand pails to hold supplies like pencils.

Bring in beach chairs.

Let the kids sit o beach towels when they are reading.

Use cardboard to make a surfboard.

Attention Getter: Teacher Says, “Surfs Up” and students say, “Hang Ten”

Use a Beach Cabana to create a cozy reading area.

Hang a grass skirt around a table and use the space underneath for storage.

Use a beach themed shower curtain to cover open shelving.

Make pillow cases and curtains from tropical themed fabric (Walmart sells it cheap)

Take a picture of each child wearing a pirate hat and eye patch or a flowered shirt and straw hat. Use them to mark cubbies/lockers.

Have a “Starfish of the Week” instead of a “Star of the Week.”

Spraypaint your metal trashcan blue. Use fish stamps to create a cool look.

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Anonymous said...

I like the blue plastic wrap for the windows idea! I teach Pre-K and June/July is our Ocean theme. You're right there are so many things you can do with it. Every year I'm always getting new ideas and the kids truly enjoy it.

Ambs said...

This was SO helpful!!!! Thanks!

Shauna Nicole said...

I absolutely love all of your ideas. As a second year teacher I need all the help I can get --and your site is extremely helpful, THANK YOU!