Back to School bulletin boards don’t have to be time consuming or super cutesy. Even better when they get students involved in the process too!
“This bulletin board was put together with construction paper, pre-purchased border from our local school supply store and font templates from PowerPoint to greet our students for welcome back night. Staff members and students volunteers (pre-K through 8) traced their hands to represent all of the people who make up our school body.”
How can you use this board with your students?
- Ask all students in your classroom to do a hand and on the back write what they are most eager (or nervous) about in the upcoming school year.
- Talk about the differences in the sizes and shapes of hands – and lead that into a discussion about differentiation in learning.
- Have students think of others who should be a part of the classroom team, such as parents, volunteers, paraprofessionals, special teachers, administrators, custodial or secretary staff, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, and more.
- Construction paper: Use the colorful paper to mount your pages on the board or wall.
- Star bulletin board border: The primary colors on the black background really make it stand out.
- Blue scalloped border: A nice transition from the border to the hands.
- Black background: Fadeless bulletin board paper works best for making sure it stays vibrant until the board needs changed out.
Steps to Set Up:
- Using a word processing program, type your title “Who’s Ready For A”
- Then, cut out letters for the remainder of the title “GREAT YEAR?”
- Trace students’ hands and arms on large construction or roll paper in various primary colors.
- Place the background, then hands, borders, and finally title on the board.
This back to school board is good for students of all ages, even through middle school.
It helps to remind students that the classroom community is full of people who are there and excited to be part of their team throughout the school year.
How else could you use this bulletin board idea in your school? Feel free to leave a comment below.
Submitted by: Frances