7 Super Back-to-School Bulletin Boards
Does this ring a bell?
As summer winds to an end each August, elementary school teachers begin preparing their classrooms for the first day of school. Educators decorate their classroom doors, set up their reading corners and book displays and brainstorm for ways to make their learning environments more inviting for their new students.
Some teachers build back-to-school bulletin boards inside their classrooms, while others may construct their back-to-school displays in the hallway outside their rooms. Either way, nothing says, “Welcome, students” like a spiffy back-to-school bulletin board.
What wonderful back-to-school bulletin boards can teachers create for their fall classrooms?
Countless teacher supply stores and online teacher tip websites offer ready-made back-to-school borders, cutouts and backgrounds for classroom bulletin boards. Helpful websites include AtoZTeacherStuff.com, ProTeacher.org, TeachingHeart.net, TeacherHelp.com, TheTeachersCorner.net and others. However, school budgets may not cover bulletin board costs, and many educators find themselves digging into their own pockets to purchase supplies.
Plenty of teachers find fun in creating their own colorful and stimulating back-to-school bulletin board displays. Most clever concepts can be created with minimal materials.
With each design, teachers can make back-to-school bulletin boards even more memorable and personal by adding student photos to the displays. (Student photos may be snapped at back-to-school open houses, or teachers may request photos by mail or email before school starts.) The use of photos helps considerably, as teachers and students attempt to learn one another’s names.
Try these seven super back-to-school bulletin boards to welcome elementary school students into the fall classroom.
3rd Grade All Stars
The All-Star bulletin board is a back-to-school classic, and it is simple to make.
Staple a dark solid wrapping paper onto the bulletin board. Cut large stars from yellow construction paper, making one for each student. Write student names on the stars before stapling them onto the bulletin board.
Cut out paper letters in your choice of colors to spell out the title: “3rd Grade All Stars.” (Substitute any school grade level.)
As a brand-new group of students gathers, this all-inclusive back-to-school bulletin board serves as a reminder that every child belongs and is valued.
Staple bright fabric onto the bulletin board, tucking raw edges under. Cut large jigsaw puzzle pieces from multi-colored construction papers, making one piece for each student. Write student names on the jigsaw puzzle pieces. Staple the puzzle pieces all over the bulletin board.
Make a back-to-school bulletin board sign on a computer, using a creative type font and colorful lettering to spell out the title: “Everyone Fits.”
The back-to-school season is also apple-picking season, making the Fruitful Class bulletin board a perennial favorite.
Staple simple rolled wrapping paper onto the bulletin board. (Apple prints, stripes or simple polka dots are super for this display.) Cut a large tree trunk from brown construction paper. Trace and cut out apples from red construction paper, making one for each student. Write student names on the apples before stapling them onto the top of the tree on the bulletin board.
Cut out paper letters in your choice of colors to spell out the title: “Fruitful Class.”
Give Our Class a Hand
This back-to-school bulletin board design offers a visual round of applause to incoming students.
Staple solid construction paper onto the bulletin board in your choice of colors. Trace and cut out children’s handprints, making one for each student. Write student names on the handprints before stapling them onto the bulletin board. Hands may be arranged in rows, a large circle or the pattern of your choice.
Make a simple sign, either by hand or on a computer, to add the title: “Give Our Class a Hand.”
Hats Off for Super Students
Caps will fly to welcome students to class with this back-to-school bulletin board.
Staple cloud-patterned wrapping paper onto the bulletin board. Or staple light blue construction paper to the bulletin board, and glue on several pieces of fluffy cotton.
Trace and cut out simple baseball caps from cardstock in your choice of colors, making one for each student. Write student names on the caps before stapling them haphazardly, at all sorts of angles, onto the bulletin board. (Try to catch the cotton in staples, whenever possible, as this will help to affix it to this back-to-school bulletin board.)
All aboard for a brand-new school year. This back-to-school bulletin board starts the semester rolling.
Staple a simple wrapping paper onto the bulletin board. (Plaids, stripes, paisleys and other patterns can work well.)
Find simple yellow school bus artwork online. Free downloadable school bus clipart is available at ABCTeach.com, ClipartMountain.com, FreeClipartNow.com, School-Clip-Art-Com, School.DiscoveryEducation.com and other sites.
Print out the school bus clipart. Carefully cut out enough of the school bus windows to accommodate all students.
Place student photos in the windows of the school bus before stapling it onto the bulletin board.
Cut out paper letters to spell out the title of this back-to-school bulletin board: “Welcome Aboard.”
Who Is _____?
Make a little mystery with this back-to-school bulletin board, while introducing students to one another.
Staple bright colored construction paper onto the bulletin board. Cut out small doors in another color (or colors), making one for each student. Write student names on the doors.
Staple wallet-sized photographs of all students in evenly spaced rows on the bulletin board. Staple the doors over the photos, leaving the side and bottom edges open. The doors should swing up and open to reveal the students’ photos.
Make a title banner on a computer, and staple it across the top of this back-to-school display.
Welcome teachers and students back with back-to-school bulletin boards.