Back to School Bulletin Board Ideas
With the start of the school year comes the need to create some back to school bulletin boards. Before you jump into planning out your designs, think about a few things first. Consider whether or not you want your bulletin board to last into early fall. Think about whether or not you want to make the bulletin board interactive. And, above all, consider how much visual clutter an overly decorated bulletin board might introduce to your classroom. Once you have thought about those issues and how they relate to your own classroom, take a look at the ideas below and be inspired.
Let’s Grow with One Another
This bulletin board can last from the beginning of the school year to the very last day with some slight modifications along the way. Begin by covering the back of the board with light blue fabric or paper. Next, cut out a large, bulletin board size tree that features branches and a trunk. Your next step will be to add green leaves. At the base of the bulletin board, cut a manila file folder into the shape of a bushel basket. In the basket place apple cut outs with each child’s name. On the first day of school, invite them to find their name and hang their apple on the tree. As the year progresses, the apples can be harvested in the fall, the green leaves can turn to beautiful fall colors, and by winter the trees limbs are bare. Spring can see the rebirth of leaves and blossoms as you track the seasons on the class bulletin board. Another option is to label the leaves on the tree from 1 to 100 and, every day, have a student remove one of the leaves to count down toward 100 days of school.
Addressing behavior management from the first day is important for establishing clear rules and discipline. This bulletin board idea helps solidify those expectations by having students help you create the decorations for it. Cover the board with bee print fabric or plain brown paper. Cut out a large bee-hive shape and write your classroom rules on it. Have students write examples of how to follow the rules on smaller bees and hang them on the board around the hive. For example, if one of your classroom rules is “Be Respectful of Others”, students could write things such as, “Don’t talk when others are talking” and “Raise your hand.” This not only helps reinforce what the rules are, but gives children a chance to process what is meant by each one.
Who Am I?
Help your students get to know one another with a Who Am I bulletin board! On the first day of school have the bulletin board covered with brown paper and yellow caution tape until the activity below is completed. Give each student a short questionnaire asking them to list their likes and dislikes. Copy those answers onto circles listing each child’s interests and dislikes, but do not put their names on the circles. Take each child’s picture, laminate it after printing it out and place it in a basket below the bulletin board or in a file folder that has been cut down to form a pocket. Place the circles around the board in random order . Students then must match the correct picture to the correct circle. You can complete it in small groups, as a whole class or as an independent learning center.
What are some of your favorite back to school bulletin boards?
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