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School Classroom Theme Ideas for Elementary Teachers in 2023

A school classroom theme is great for a teacher looking to bring the classic, old school house feel to their room. It makes the traditional elementary school learning environment feel vintage and rustic. A favorite reason for choosing this theme is that it is timeless and won’t go out of style. Another reason to love this theme is because it is easy to create using materials and items you already have in your classroom. While a school theme is great year round, it is a nice choice for the beginning of the year to get students excited about school. Learn more about a school classroom theme below and scoop up this school classroom theme packet!

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School Theme Bulletin Board Ideas

Below are some school theme bulletin board ideas for elementary teachers.

School Bulletin Board Backgrounds

Navy blue, brown, or black butcher paper can be used as a bulletin board background. If you choose to use fabric as your bulletin board background, simple colors like black, brown, and navy provide a nice backdrop.

School Bulletin Board Trim

school theme bulletin board trim with pennants, banner and bunting

In addition to traditional border, put these items around the perimeter of your board.

  • crayons or crayon boxes
  • pencil boxes
  • lined writing paper
  • graph paper
  • rulers or measuring tape

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School Bulletin Board Title Ideas

  • Label your classroom calendar area with the phrase “180 Days = 180 Opportunities.” 
  • Title a back to school bulletin board “Ready For a Colorful Year.”
  • Welcome back bulletin board titled “Welcome Back the Books Missed You.”
  • Write “The Future of the World Is In This School” on a bulletin board.
  • Display pictures of students and write “This School is Better Because You’re In It.”

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5 Ideas for a School Themed Classroom

  1. Bring in classic school items like a globe, chalkboard easel and bells.
  2. Frame classic book covers to decorate the classroom.
  3. Stick to primary colors when decorating.
  4. Use storage containers with materials like metal and wood.
  5. Make classroom supplies a focal point when decorating your classroom.
free printable planning organizers for school classroom theme on a desk

Themes to Pair Your School Theme With

Get access to all of the Clutter-Free Classroom decor themes and color schemes in the Elementary Classroom Decor Collection, including the ones listed below that pair really nicely with a school theme.

school themed background for a cheap and easy online teaching or a VIP kid backdropeditable nameplates and basket labels for a school themed classroom

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school theme labels for paper organization in the classroomschool themed tools for improving student behavior in an elementary classroom
editable elementary schedule cards and job chart labels with a school themeschool theme editable dismissal chart for elementary classrooms with for better classroom

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elementary classroom word wall and reading logs for a school themed classroomprintable and editable school theme classroom decor packet
school themed math resources for telling time, place value and the days of the weekDIY printable classroom calendar for elementary teachers using a school classroom theme

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school classroom themed google classroom headers and google classroom bannersschool theme google classroom slides and powerpoint templates for elementary teachers shown on computers

School Themed Classroom Pictures

The school classroom theme bundle includes BOTH the original version (shown below) and the newly updated version (shown above). In the newer version, we used all new clipart which includes much more diverse characters. Also, we made the entire bundle 100% editable so not only can you customize it with your students’ names and details specific to your classroom, you can now translate EVERYTHING into other languages too. This has long been a request from teachers of ELLs and immersion classrooms. Both versions are available in the Elementary Classroom Decor Collection.

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In closing, we hope you found these school classroom theme ideas helpful! If you did, then you may also be interested in the free school planning organizer below as well as these classroom decorating posts:

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