Georgia is well known for its delicious peaches and its citizens with a distinctive Southern drawl. However, not many primary school students across the United States, who do not live in Georgia, will know much about the history of this state. As a primary school teacher in America, you may feel that you have the responsibility of teaching your students about the 50 states that make up the Union. Even if you do not want to actively teach your students, you can still use your classroom’s bulletin board to effectively and quickly spread and share the information. The following article will help you create a Georgia-themed bulletin board.
These instructions can be revised so that you can work with your students.
First, you will need to decide, collectively or not, on the trim that will decorate your bulletin board. After all, you want the bulletin board to look appealing so that it catches attention. You can generally find these trims online or for sale at teaching supplies stores or even at arts and crafts stores. If you can’t find these trims or borders, you can make some using heavier weight paper.
After you have given your board its aesthetics, you can then start on the “meat” of the board. You will need to gather the information for this part. You can also encourage your students to research with you. Now, you will also need to divide the board into sections. These sections will clearly demarcate the various types of information you are presenting and make it more clear and easier for your students, so they can better absorb the information.
The history of Georgia is a long one, starting with the occupation of the Native Americans. Exploration in Georgia as well as colonial unrest, and the state’s importance during the Civil War, should be included in your summarization of this state’s history. Remember to use bulleted short paragraphs and sentences to reduce boredom when reading this section!
These are often the most enjoyed portion of the “written information.” Generally, fun facts are the “fun” bits of history. They are usually quirky pieces of information that are lesser well-known, or else they provide some fact that people do not often ask about. For example, “In Gainesville, Georgia, it is illegal to eat chicken with a fork” (1). Again, this is not historical fact, but it does comment on a cultural or social standard.
Last but not least, pictures will add a sense of “finish” to your board. Your students will likely become more interested in a board that shows pictures instead of just being filled with words. After all, pictures are a relief from written language.
You can certainly find more information from the resources below. Remember to use thumbtacks when attaching these components to the board so that you can easily take them down when you need to do so.
1. The History Channel website
2. Our Georgia History
3. 50 States