Elementary school computer lab bulletin boards can really use novelty. Usually technology teachers teach multiple grade levels and standards which makes it a little more difficult to do specific topics or skills on their boards.
This building blocks option is fun for all!
“Building” on a familiar theme, students will easily put together that technology is like anything else: smaller parts that fit together to make something larger.
It is a great analogy for the skills they are learning in the curriculum, whether in the computer lab or in their own classrooms.
How can you use this board with your students?
- Put together the board and then ask students what they think they will be learning in technology in the coming weeks and months. Have each student write down at least one idea.
- Go through the student submissions and place all that are correct in one pile that you review with students.
- After giving a little teaser about some upcoming topics, write some of the topics on the building blocks on the bulletin board. In this way, students will see their answers were a part of a larger picture.
Block Building for Future Lessons
- Black paper: The black really helps to draw out the colorful pieces on the rest of the board.
- Kids working border: Construction theme sets are great places to find this.
- Colorful lettering: Primary colors will really pop on the black background.
- Construction worker toy made from art supply roll paper: An easy way to do this? Use an interactive whiteboard to display a large image of the item you wish to trace and tape the paper to the whiteboard. Use a sharpie to trace your work and then cut out. Simple!
- Construction paper block cutouts: Easily made with plain construction paper in various primary colors.
Steps to Set Up:
- Starting with a blank bulletin board, first add your black paper background. Staple in place.
- Next, add the border around the edges of your board.
- After creating your animated main character, place him in the middle of the board. Don’t worry if his legs don’t reach the bottom as we will be covering those with building blocks anyway.
- Building blocks are the next step. Add 2 rows of 4 blocks across, alternating various primary colors. Then, place 3 others randomly near the bottom as shown.
- Last: Add your title “Building Our Technology Skills” on the board in any way you like. Pin everything in place first, then when it is all placed exactly how you would like and even, use a stapler to attach as the final step.
Having this adorable animated character overlooking students throughout the school day will be sure to bring a smile to them and to you. It’s always fun when “everything is awesome.”
How else could you use this bulletin board idea in your school? Feel free to leave a comment below.
Submitted by: Amy M.