Awesome Interactive Bulletin Boards, Part I

by Elizabeth Cossick, M. Ed.

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So, you have this big bulletin board hanging on your wall. And it’s so tempting to cover it with paper, slap up a pre-made bulletin board set and be done with it. But, what if we shared a few EASY (promise) ideas that will turn your generic board into an interactive learning spot.

From reading to writing to social studies, the ideas we will share in our Awesome Interactive Bulletin Boards series combine disciplines and allow students to showcase their learning in a fun, student-centered way.

Literary World Travels

This clever idea, courtesy of hill.troy.k12.mi.us blends reading and social studies.

Here’s how to create one in your room:

  1. Post a large, detailed map of the United States or world on a bulletin board, preferably near your classroom library.
  2. Next to the map, post a map key listing your students’ names, each designated with a different color or style of push pin.
  3. Every time a student reads a book, story or poem that mentions a city, state, or famous landmark, they pinpoint the geographic location on the map with their designated push pin.
  4. To keep the students organized and independent, give each student their own drawer filled with push pins of their designated color or style in an organizer below the bulletin board.
  5. Later in the year, the places “visited” provide an authentic springboard for a research project: Research the favorite city or country you read about this year.

Voila! Literacy meets geography! And, this board can stay up all year– how easy is that?

For more bulletin board materials and idea starters, check out www.schoolbox.com’s online array here.

Stay tuned for Parts II and III in this series on Interactive Bulletin Boards, coming soon to A Learning Experience!

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4 Comments

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4 responses to “Awesome Interactive Bulletin Boards, Part I

  1. Cute idea! I especially like that each child is color-coded. Perhaps you could assign a color to the class, to include places mentioned in textbooks too.

  2. ecossick

    Love that idea, Diane! I was wondering what to do if you were reading a class book/text aloud and a place was mentioned. I could just see every child racing toward the board to be the first to “claim” it. Love the idea of a “class” pin. Perfect!

  3. Melanie Mailman

    I love interactive bulletin boards! Love how this one connects to social studies with the report aspect.

  4. Jennifer Nuss

    I did something similar to this with flat stanley and left it up all year. Each time he would be somewhere we would map it.