Well, it’s that time of year when teachers are starting to get back into their classrooms! I don’t know about you, but one thing that I do enjoy getting ready are my bulletin boards. I feel it’s an easy way to brighten up the classroom so that when the kids come in for the first time, they can look around and feel happy, welcomed, and excited to start the new year. This post is jam-packed with photographs and bulletin board assembly tips. Enjoy!
TIP #1: LAYER BORDERS
I love the look of layered borders. I think it makes bulletin boards unique and dresses them up!
TIP #2: CHOOSE A THEME
When I am planning out my bulletin boards for the year, I try to focus on a theme that is versatile and appropriate for the entire school year. Patterns bring a theme to life! My theme in the picture below is rainbow with chalkboard accents.
You can find themed borders at Creative Teaching Press.
TIP #3: FOCUS ON A SKILL
When I am assembling bulletin boards for the hallway, I try to incorporate a skill. Why? Bulletin boards tend to draw students’ eyes toward them. Often times you find students stopping to look at the projects/display. Why not throw in some educational content for them to read while they are there, like the fun adjective activity below?
You can also build a bulletin board around instructional anchor charts or posters. Check out our phonics posters for reference tools you’ll refer to all year long! You can convert your favorite PDFs and graphic organizers into posters that work great for bulletin boards too. Our Lucky Little Toolkit has all the tools you’ll need for this! Here are directions for printing poster-sized anchor charts.
TIP #4: GET CREATIVE
Try to be creative when working with your bulletin boards. This divider is made of two borders put together on the bottom layer. The chalkboard top layer is a border cut in half and stapled to hide the seam.
TIP #5: GET INTERACTIVE
The bulletin boards that I have in my classroom are boards that I leave up all year but change the information on them. My math/calendar board is interactive because my students help me go through our activities and the information is going to change daily. I used velcro to help with the interactive pieces. The laminated posters provide a great surface for dry-erase markers too!
TIP #6: DON’T LIMIT YOURSELF WITH THE TITLE
Gone are the days that we are limited to using letter templates and tracers to make our bulletin board titles. Go check out KG Fonts, DJB Fonts, and Cara Carroll Fonts! They are a few of my favorites! Here are directions on how to make large bulletin board letters.
TIP #7: THINK FUNCTIONAL
I change my math and reading focus wall bulletin boards weekly. Pocket charts and space for anchor charts are key! This set up allows for quick and easy updating when the skills change. Math vocabulary cards come in handy when it’s time to swap the math focus with new words. Vocabulary posters are just the ticket for a reading focus wall!
Your word wall is another essential in the classroom that you can jazz up in a themed bulletin board! Grab free word wall cards right here.
TIP #8: FABRIC IS YOUR FRIEND
Do you like the bright colors that never fade? I’m telling you, fabric is your friend! I love using fabric to cover my bulletin boards for so many reasons. First of all, the color stays vibrant. Second, you can incorporate pattern. Third, there’s no limit to color options. And last, fabric goes up easily!
TIP #9: THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Did you know that marker boards can even make for a great space for a bulletin board display? Hey, it works!
TIP #10: HAVE FUN & KEEP DISPLAYS CURRENT
When you are thinking about a bulletin board display, think fun! The bulletin board display above is all about Snowman Riddles. My students were responsible for using adjectives to formulate a riddle. It turned into a great game for other students to play! Oh, and one of my biggest words of advice, keep your bulletin boards CURRENT. A winter display still up in April probably won’t spark engagement for most students.
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