|Our word wall gains five new words a we|
|The staggered layout ensures all letters fit and avoid the craziness of making things "perfectly straight"!|
|Words are put under and around their corresponding letter!|
This close up shows a simple way to create words for a word wall. The words were typed out (at 72 point, I think) and then glued the words onto index cards cut in half length wise. Then they were laminated. On the back of each card the corresponding story they are used with is written. The cards are filed with the story folder I keep and pulled out at the beginning of each week. At the end of the year they are refiled in my language arts storage crates, in their corresponding story folders... ready to go for the next year (or for as long as we continue to use this reading series)!
One of the counties I worked in used "key words" to highlight the spelling patterns that students were studying each week. At the end of the week the words were displayed on a wall. It is a great idea... again providing a resourceful and print rich learning environment. I did take the concept a step further and grouped the words under headings, mostly long vowels, so the students could identify the connected nature of the key words and the spelling patterns that can represent each of the long vowel sounds.
Although not a technical bulletin board... adding a stationary alphabet and number line to your classroom is Necessary! Whether your current teaching assignment requires D'Nealian, traditional manuscript (ball and stick/Zaner-Bloser) or cursive letters, children need a constant example to follow. Give them one... and then preach the (teacher) gospel of neatness and quality work! The number line is essential for those young learners trying to understand the interconnected nature of numbers to one another. It is also a great tool to have available for those "teachable moments" that occur during the day.
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|My current calendar!|
Another type of Necessary bulletin board is the calendar. No classroom should be without one in some fashion of form. They can be very elaborate or really simple. For primary grades they are best when incorporated into a "classroom business" procedure/routine. If you want more information on how to create an in-depth calendar routine in your classroom or extend it into other curricular areas check out Fresh & Fun: Calendar Activities (Grades K-2).
|A more elaborate full-wall calendar... I loved it!|
While working with second language learners my calendar activities were an essential element for teaching children about simple time concepts (past, present and future), days of the week, months of the year, seasons, patterning, skip counting, and so forth. It was a great tool for exposing these basic components and how we use them to communicate about life in the real world.
|This third grade calendar used the local paper to teach language elements of weather and current events!|
|This calendar provided places to script the daily classroom news and chapter summaries of the current class read aloud (novel).|
|Mountain Math cards are clipped together under their corresponding numbers.|
Really Good Bulletin Board Tips:
Always give your bulletin board a title or heading!
All classrooms should have evidence of Necessary boards.
Update Necessary boards weekly, at minimum.