Jungle classrooms are a fun way to welcome students to class, and they can be very quick and easy to organize, because there are lots of ready made decorations for jungle classrooms.
- Check out the New Carson Dellosa Jungle Safari Bulletin Board Set. While there are some grasslands animals in it, too, it’s cute and versatile.
- Trend’s Giraffe Growth Chart Bulletin Board Set lets kids measure themselves against the height of a cheetah or a python, adding a personal connection with the creatures you’re studying.
- Trend’s Jungle Fun Calendar set is very bright and includes all the stuff you otherwise have to make yourself, including welcome sign and weather chart, special day markers, and more.
- CTP jungle animals have just animal heads. I like to make them peek over student work.
- The Rain Forest Animals Bulletin Board Set is more realistic and more entirely jungle-like. Older students will like this less cartoonified take on the jungle.
- Scholastic’s Rainforest Plants & Animals Mini Bulletin Board uses photos.
- Teacher Created Resources Picture Frame Animal Prints Accents give you a fun way to use student photos — put them into the animal print frames, post them, and you have an instant jungle effect.
- The Wild About Learning Bulletin Board Set from Debbie Mummhas a softer color scheme that might be better for younger students — or just for those who want the jungle without the very saturated colors. There’s a matching borderwith zebra stripes combined with geometric patterns.
If you prefer DIY, grab some Safari Prints Paper for the bulletin board backgrounds and take it from there.
For bulletin board slogans, try one of these:
- It’s a Jungle in Here!
- Welcome to the Jungle!
- Swing into Learning! (to go with monkeys)
- Get Into the Swing of Things!
- We’re Wild About Learning (math, reading, 2nd Grade…)
- Take a Walk on the Wild Side
- Learning is an Adventure
You’ll find online resources, books, activities, and lesson plan ideas in these posts:
- Southeast Asian Rainforest Lesson Plans
- African Rainforest Lesson Plans
- Amazon Rainforest Lesson Plans
- Wild Animals Lesson Plans
- Zoo Classroom Theme
- Monkey Classroom Theme
- Tigers Lesson Plans
- Elephant Classroom Theme
- Frog Classroom Theme
More online resources:
- NGAKids has a wonderful online jungle activity based on the work of Henri Rousseau. Kids can practice their mouse skills as they click and drag elements into a jungle scene. Use this for an art lesson on composition, and introduction to jungles in art, or to help little children get to know their computers. For older students, check out a Google Earth Tour of Rousseau’s life and discuss the appeal of the jungle.
- Visit a jungle virtually with Rainforest Concern’s live cameras.
- Martha Stewart’s jungle dioramas aren’t really made any differently from anyone else’s, but the photo is inspiring. Let us offer you a jungle background and animals to start with. Click on them twice for full-size pictures to print.
Fun things for the classroom:
- 12-pack Inflatable Jungle Animal Shaped Beach Balls
- Alphabet Jungle Rectangle Carpet
- Remo Rain Forest Drum
- Plush 8″ Safari Animal Hand Puppets – 6 pc Set
- Learning Safari Animal Print School Pencil
- Animal Prints Adhesive Labels for environmental print or labeling storage containers
- Teach Factory’s free jungle printables
- Cheetah Print Scissors
- Tiger Print Desk Chair (to show who’s boss!)
Check out our pawprint cupcakes:
Bake and ice cupcakes — green icing might be more jungly, actually — and then use candy to create the pawprints. We used a Russell Stover mint and four Junior Mints.