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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:
- Post a large, detailed map of the United States or world on a bulletin board, preferably near your classroom library.
- Next to the map, post a map key listing your students’ names, each designated with a different color or style of push pin.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
Stay tuned for Parts II and III in this series on Interactive Bulletin Boards, coming soon to A Learning Experience!