For all my teacher friends out there, this turned out to be an awesome all school bulletin board. We asked all the students to bring in one of their favorite books for our Havurot group on Friday. Basically, our whole school separates into small groups of 6 or 7 once a month for the whole year to work on different projects. It’s really nice because kids of all ages get to work together and learn together. Anyway, each student brought in their own book and those that forgot, got to take one out of the library or look up the cover on a computer or iPad. We talked about each book in our group and then had about a half hour to create our own book covers to recommend our books to others.
Some kids created their own art, but most copied the covers. We don’t do copying very often, if ever, but I have to say, they LOVED it. Every age group was successful and the overall effect is pretty spectacular. It’s so much fun to see kids walk by and comment on the different covers. You hear things like “Ohhh, I love that book.” or “Oh man, I wish I did that one. That is so my favorite.” All the parents love to come by and find their child’s cover. Each time I pass I notice a different fantastic cover I hadn’t noticed before. The most popular books wereThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Wonder by R.J. Palacio, which I can’t wait to read this summer. I think eight kids did Wonder. So, if you’re looking for a great bulletin board for your school, here’s a great one. I’ve included the book template to make it easy. We printed it on card stock and only gave the kids sharpies to use.
One of the many awesome Wonder examples.
We have about 200 students in our school so I had to find room in a different area for all the covers. Those little clothespins are the cutest.
I love that the kindergarteners book covers are just as awesome as the sixth graders.
Here is the clip art we used, photocopied onto white card stock. I only had this picture of it blank which you can print, enlarge and trace if you want.
I’m happy this bulletin will live throughout the summer. I’m going to put up a little envelope on the side with papers and little pencils so that kids can write down which books they are interested for summer reading. Happy summer everyone!
My 2nd graders recently finished the book Frindle, by Andrew Clements. They absolutely loved it. We have been learning about summaries, so Frindle created the perfect opportunity to practice this newly acquired skill. First I cut up some left over cardboard boxes in different sizes and folded them into books. Then we (the teachers) glued on contact paper to the front, back and inside. This was a bit time consuming but worth the effort. If we had had more time the kids could have done this part. Each child picked their own book and went to work on their summary. Once they were all edited, the kids went over them in Sharpie and worked on their covers and back flaps.
I brought in my washi tape collection and let the kids pick different designs for borders on each page. One of the kids in my class is in Japan right now for Spring break. Maybe he’ll bring back some washi! I know not all teachers want to share their beloved washi collection with their class. Understood. You can easily use masking tape in different colors and widths or just leave this part out. The last detail was a little felt and velcro to create a latch on each book. It was a great final touch the kids really enjoyed. Unfortunately, the velcro didn’t hold very well on some of the books. Still figuring that one out. I guess I can use a glue gun.
We asked two students to help create a Frindle poster for the center of the bulletin board. It came out incredible and is hanging front and center outside our classroom. So proud of these kids!
We finished our Scrabble Boards today for Intergenerational Day. IG Day at our school is sort of like Grandparents Day. Each child invites a special guest, usually a grandparent, to school for a project in the classrooms and a big show. It was such a great morning!!! Each child worked with their special guest to create words that inspired them or reminded them of their relationship. The kids had a blast and so did their guests. I am just smitten with the journey these boards took us on. I’m so glad we ended up using different color foam core for the tiles. It allowed for so much individuality and self-expression.
From conception to fruition, this was truly a great project. It’s a lot of work but well worth it. I’m sure the kids will have these keepsakes for years to come.
This project was so much fun and the results are fantastic. We needed to spice up our display for some written material in second grade. It can be so boring to just see 8.5 x 11 papers hanging on a bulletin board. We decided on a self portrait paper cut out that each child could make with their own traits and style. I made a template the height of one poster board and cut it out. Then I traced the templates onto poster board for each student. The kids definitely could have done this part but we were in a time crunch so I just let them cut out the tracings. I used an exacto knife on the underarm part. I also had templates for shirts, shorts, and skirts prepared. About five of each. We have a big class so I didn’t want kids to be waiting around. I set out two craft paper pads and some construction paper and markers. From there, the kids just went to town. One of my favorite parts of teaching is a room full of engaged students all busy at work doing their own thing. The most wonderful creativity comes out. Here are some of the self portraits from our second grade. Their written material will be displayed as if they are holding it up to their chests on a bulletin board. These are great for the beginning of the school year and then you can bring them out at the end of school for Back to School Night.
This is the sample I made of my own self portrait cut out doll to show the class as inspiration. We all agreed it doesn’t look like me at all, but we still like her.
I got a great email from a fellow kindergarten teacher a few days ago. Loren, from Shalom Torah Academy in New Jersey, sent photos of the 5 Senses bulletin she made with her students inspired by this idea I did with my students last year. I am soooo excited to see someone is using my ideas and making them better! Here are the photos she sent. The board looks fantastic. I think I’ll do one next year! Nice job Loren!
It’s time. All the teachers have been setting up their classrooms in preparation for the kid’s arrival on Tuesday. Somehow, in the middle of set up and a ton of teacher meetings, I managed to get phase one of the main bulletin board done. The kids will be adding their artwork next week. Looks pretty cool so far though. I cut out all the kid’s photos from the yearbook, staggered them, glued them on 11×17 copy paper, and photocopied them into repeating panels. Kind of labor intensive but not too bad with less than 200 students. I still have to add the Welcome Back letters and the kids artwork. More pics to come. If you’re a fellow teacher, welcome back and hang in there. Soon we’ll be in the swing of things. Wishing you all a great year!
We celebrate Tu’Bshvat, the birthday of the trees, at my school, but anyone can do this for spring or fall. I asked all the kids and teachers at school take a few minutes to go out in nature and draw something they see on 3×5 index cards. Colored pencils only! I drew a tree and glued all the cards onto the tree. The kindergartners also did tree projects in one of their judaica classes so I took pictures of them, printed them out in different sizes and did the same thing with a smaller tree. I think the effect is quite nice and can think of lots of different ways to repeat this kind of project. The kids love coming by and finding their artwork on the trees. So do the teachers! It’s really fun to watch. I want to add a few lines from the poem Trees by Joyce Kilmer next week. We’ll see how that goes.
Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)
Think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
Each year around this time our school studies different countries and then puts on a big Multicultural Day performance. This is our MC Day bulletin board. I had all the kids and staff create drawings of themselves and cut them out. I made the earth, which was surprisingly harder than I thought. It’s not easy to make all those countries look accurate! I really like the final result though. The best part is seeing all the kids and teachers come by and try to find themselves. The bulletin says Around the World at TIOH (Temple Israel of Hollywood) but I couldn’t get a pic of the whole thing.