Cowboy Classroom

A cowboy classroom or Western theme classroom is a perennial favorite. Depending on the items you choose, you can adapt this theme to all grade levels and subject areas. Read on for decorations and resources (and a video that made us laugh out loud).

Start with bandanas and denim. Any cowboy hats hanging around from the fair or birthday parties? Perch them on a shelf or hang them on the wall to set the mood.

There are few ready-made options for a cowboy classroom right now, but Wanted posters are a classic option for rounding up helpers in a cowboy classroom.

Write classroom rules up on a chart titled “The Code of the West” or “The Cowboy Way.”

Slogans for a cowboy classroom

  • Howdy, Pardner!
  • Yee Ha!
  • Yippie ti yi yay!
  • Saddle up!
  • Write ’em, Cowboy!
  • Reading Roundup
  • Wanted: Math Stars
  • A Place to Hang Your Hat
  • Cowboy Up!
  • Giddy Up!
  • Have a Rootin’ Tootin’ Year!


Bring out your favorite cowboy books. The list below is our favorite group for elementary school.

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Ready for some cowboy math?Just for fun!

Online resources

Get some background knowledge for your cowboy classroom with primary resources:

Find some worksheets:

  • KidSoup has reproducibles for little buckaroos covering lots of subjects.
  • Use a worksheet generator to create word puzzles and math worksheets. There are some ready made ones to download, too.

Whether you’re going to study cowboys or just enjoy a western-themed classroom, you should be in the mood now!


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