I don't know about all of you, but one of my favorite parts of summer winding down is figuring out what to do for my back to school bulletin board. Like many other teachers, I have spent countless hours on Pinterest and Google to try to find the perfect one. On my back to school boards, I try to incorporate different topics we cover throughout the year and most importantly the students names.
As I walk down the hallways at school I love looking at the back to school boards, I feel like it gives me a sneak peak into that classroom. I also feel that back to school bulletin boards set the tone for the year. If you want you can base your whole classroom theme off the board.
This is going to be my fourth year teaching, so I want to share some of my welcome back boards with all of you. I have done:
Miss Berman's Bucket Fillers- this one was based on the popular book, Have you Filled a Bucket Today? I love this book. For those of you haven't read it, it is about how everyone everyday carries around an invisible bucket. When people do nice things or give you compliments your bucket is filled. When people say mean things or do mean things their bucket is being emptied. It's a great beginning of the year book! The board was clouds with raindrops and on each rain drop there was something we learned in third grade. At the bottom, was was each kids name written on their own bucket.
WelGum to Miss Berman's Third grade class- a fairly simple one, but still in my opinion, super cute! It had a huge gumball machine. Inside the gumball machine were different gumballs with things we learn in third grade. Then on different gumballs were each kids name spilling out of the machine.
Let the Third Grade Games Begin- This was to go along with the Olympic Theme. The board was simple with Olympic rings and the students names were along the bottom on torches.
This year we are doing joint fifth grade bulletin boards. They are all based on different websites and technology themed, because fifth graders all bring their own technology, so we wanted to incorporate that into the board. One of the boards is a fifth grade wordle. If you are unfamiliar a wordle is a word cloud and one of my favorite websites to use with kids. The wordle is handmade and has all the different activities and subjects we do in fifth grade. The next one is a fifth grade pinterest board. This one tries to look like a main page on Pinterest with different boards representing the different subjects. The last one is going to be a fifth grade Facebook page. On meet and greet day the students are each going to fill out a sentence strip with a "status" and that is going to be our fifth grade news feed.
I know some people probably think I'm crazy for thinking so much at just one bulletin board at the beginning of the year that is going to be taken down in less than a month, however I think they are so important. (and I love making them!)
What are some beginning of the year bulletin boards you all have done?? I would love to hear some ideas! :)