I'm going to be giving each student a charm bracelet (without charms) at the beginning of the year, and they will be able to collect charms on it for each event we do. These charms or these charms are so cheap they just beg to included in your celebration. And the amount is perfect for any size classroom-I don't think it's legal in any state to exceed 36 students.
Luau Donation Letter for Parents- If you want to throw an actual luau for your students, ask parents to help pitch in using this template.
Luau Reminder Letter- Send this out a day or two before the actual party to remind parents of their donations.
Luau Parent Volunteer Note- Ask for parent help with this template, but try to find better clip-art.
Luau Ideas- Collected by Xtine, this document contains 14 pages of games, recipes, decorations and art ideas.
* Use tropical shower curtains to cover walls or bulletin boards.
* Put bamboo mats, beach chairs and/or a hammock in your reading area.
* Create palm trees out of PVC piping, burlap (cut into curling strips and layer), syrofoam balls (paint brown for coconuts) and poster board (cut leaves out).
* Create a reading bulleting board with a shark chomping on a book-Sink your teeth into a good book.
* When getting attention, teacher says 'Surfs Up', and students say 'Hang Ten!'
*Bulletin Board Ideas from Ms. April Riley:
"Gone Surfin’!” (Paint this on a small surf board to hang on the door when not in the room.)
“Welcome to Ms. ____________’s Reef!” (sign above door)
“Aloha!” (welcome sign)
“Dive into ____ grade!” (Display with scuba gear or diving board)
“Hang Ten with ____ grade!” (Display with large wave and students names on cutouts.)
“Internet Island” – computer area (Hang a net, small surfboard, and a sign that reads “Surf the Net!” or Place a small fish or other aquatic animal in the net above the computer area with a sign that reads “Get caught in the Net!”)
“Special Surf Days” – display student birthdays on surf boards or use as calendar area title
“Sands of Times” or “Tide of Times” – calendar area or newsletter title
“Tiki Times” “Starfish Gazette” “The Reef Report” – newsletter titles
“Don’t get Shipwrecked, do your Homework!” – Homework board (Hang nautical items)
“Don’t get Stranded, do your Homework!” – Homework board (Hang life preserver on board)
“There’s a treasure buried in all of us!” (Display with a treasure box and jewels/gold around it.)
“Digging for Golden Behavior” (Display with sand pail, shovel, and gold coins. Then have class work together to add more gold coins to the display to earn class privileges.)
“Behavior Beach” – class rules/consequences, rewards, etc.
“Workshop Wharf” – reading or writing workshop area
“Writing to Treasure” – display students’ writing samples with treasure chest
“Paradise Island” – reading corner with palm tree scene setter
“Reading Reef” – reading corner with beach or ocean scene setter
“Reading Hut” or “Reading Cabana” – reading area at small table with beach umbrella & beach chairs
“Get hooked on reading!” – Display feature book titles on the ends of fishing hooks made from poster board
“The Sun is shining on ____________” (Spotlight on student of the week or student’s work samples. Hang sun on display.)
“Star Student” – (Student of the week. Decorate with star fish.)
“Work to Treasure” – display outstanding work (treasure box & small jewels)
“You’ll Flip over this Work!” – display outstanding work (hang cheap flip-flops around board or attach clothespin to back of flip-flops to hang students work)
“Beach Bucks” “Sand Dollars” or “Dolphin Dollars” – classroom economy system (make “money” on computer & run off on colored cardstock)
“Tropical Topics” or “Tropical Tidbits” – display question or topic of the week for students to respond to on a write-on/wipe-off poster (laminated poster board)
“Treasure Hunters” – mastery club for students who seek out knowledge on their own “Knowledge is the best treasure!”
“Jewels and Gems” – class list of girls/jewels and boys/gems
Below are some great decorations from Amazon.com. You can use the tableclothes as backgrounds for bulletin boards, as well as leis for borders (just make one cut in them so they are long strips). Scroll down for some really cheap cardboard cutouts for boards, and fun string lights to hang around the room. And if you're in the mood to splurge, there is an AMAZING tiki arch near the bottom (very expensive, though).