Social Studies

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Bulletin Board Ideas for
Social Studies

Here are some great ideas for Social Studies bulletin boards submitted by ProTeacher visitors! Click on the photos at left for larger views and descriptions! See below for more ideas!


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bulleting boards or lack of
By: phyllis

I made a map wall last year. I got some glittery letters and made the earth and put our world on it...sappy yes but it worked...then below it I put a bunch of maps, our world with countries and one just continents, the U.S. alone and another with North America. A U.S. map with only states and capitals no other cities. Our state map and our county map. I didn't put any thing on the wall behind the maps but I did line them up to form a sort of rectangle...no border either...then on the top I put North, on the east I put east and so on. It took up a good portion of the wall but we sure did use those maps a lot! I am going to do it again this year. So I think you can do anything you choose just experiment with it.


bulletin board
By: Casi

When I had a large bulletin board in my room, I put a large world map in the center. Then anytime we learned about a new place, we would place a label outside the map and connect it (to the place) with yarn. On the labels we put the body of water, state, country, or continent and wrote the subject and topic. For example we could have read a story about China in reading. The label would have "China," the story we read, etc. Same thing for social studies, math, science, etc. By the end of the semesters we quite a review on the bulletin board. Not only a review of what we learned, but we also learned geographical locations.


bulletin board
By: Sandy

To me the flag is very patriotic. You could have the kids make their hands out of red, white and blue paper. Talk about what each color stands for and how we won our freedom.
You then put up the hands the kids cut out in the flag shape. Cut out stars and type out the pledge.
You can make the flag as big as you want depending on class size.


Patriotic Bulletin Board
By: Debbie

How about something like 'Our country's future begins with you...' Ask the students to write their wishes/goals for the future on die cut stars/firecrackers/flags, etc...It would be interesting to see where they see themselves heading. ;-D Debbie
Or they could send wishes to significant others-family, friends, etc...but you'd need a different header.


June Bulletin Board Ideas
By: Debbie Ellis

I just did a bulletin board that could go from May thru August.

I called it, "Celebrate America". It was very simple but looks great. I hung an American Flag on one side, and made a poster of the pledge of allegiance. It has a navy background with a red border I cut out that has white stars.

Between the flag and poster, I used 3 traced hands that I glued palms toward the center and spread fingers out, and then there is glitter running from the center out toward the fingers so it looks like exploding fireworks.

Holidays it covers, Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day.


patriotic bulletin board
By: Carrie

A kinder teacher in our school traced her students hands on red, white and blue paper. She then cut them out and made a bald eagle out of them. She cut out hundreds of little hands, but the bulletin board looks awesome. She also made American flags with tiny pieces of tissue paper, so they look 3-d. She then used bendable wire, red, white and blue star border. (The kind you get from Michaels.)


bulletin board
By: Melanie

Last year I dug through a collection of school pictures and made a bulletin board featuring a cut out of the earth, with an insert of our school. The title was "Arnett, A world of difference". Then around this I had other small posters made of pictures featuring all the different activities/organizations the school featured.


History Roots Bulletin Board
By: CQ

I've always thought this saying of Marcus Garvey's was perfect:

"A people without knowledge of their past and history is like a tree without roots!"

You could have a large tree on your bulleting board with thick roots and at the bottom of each the picture of a black leader or inventor. As students turn in work about them, you could attach those to the limbs. That would show how important it is to know about your roots, and how it affects one later in life.


Displaying Postcards
By: Lynn

This past year I had 3rd grade and it was my first time participating in a postcard exchange. This is what I did.....

I purchased a wipe off blank US Map at Staples and hung it on one of my bulletin boards by the classroom exit. Every day a new student would read a new postcard from our mailbox then they'd color in the state from which it came from on that map. Coloring in the states gave the children a color visual. While lining up for specials and assemblies, I'd ask what are the red states colored in. Point to Texas. What color is Maine? And they'd remember! It was really cool how well they learned the location of the states in the USA learning them one by one when a postcard was received. As the coast state postcards arrived I taught the 4 Oceans, great lakes, and periodically mention the continents. Every 2 months I'd give a photocopied blank USA map out and challenge the kids to label the states they knew. The 1st half of the year I also gave them a paper with a list of all the states names so they could cross them out as they labeled them. By Feb. I only gave them a map. By the end of the year they could label the 7 continents, all the states in the USA and the oceans.

I glued foam stars to thumb tacks and I numbered them. Then I hung the postcard up in the hallway stapled to construction paper with the picture side of the postcard facing the viewer and I photocopied the written part and glued it underneath the picture side. I hung them up next to a labeled USA map. I put a numbered thumbtack star on the postcard with a corresponding numbered star on the map. Crazy me even went as detailed as having red, white, and blue foam stars on the tacks so once all the stars were up on the map, from Pacific to Atlantic Ocean the stars were Red, then White, then Blue. I titled the board, "Greetings to the Third Grade...." Parents really enjoyed reading the postcards at conference time.

This September I plan on putting the postcards from last school year in a "center" in which I will make up questions/activities on index cards and have books about the states in the center. I haven't thought it out completely but I thought some of the questions/activities could be: Add up all the digits in the numbers you see on the postmark-- date time, year, zip code, etc, Write the day, time, locations the card stamped at, What's the name of your state, the state bird, capital, etc. etc. Compare the info given on your postcard to our own school/area. (Sometimes the cards tell what the weather is like by them, how many students are in their school or class, what grades their class is (some are multi level/ages, etc).


Bulletin Boards
By: Rebecca

This year I am using a patriotic theme since we will be in the middle of the Olympics and November brings the election. This fits nicely with CA standards. My bulletin board in the hallway (we are an inside school) will say something along the lines of "Room 8 Champions". I am using my digital camera the first day and will place each child's picture on Olympic themed notepads with gold medals that I found at the teacher supply place. This bulletin board stays up all year. My large bulletin board will be blue and my other two small boards will be red. I found patriotic borders that should add to the theme.


American history bulletin board
By: BBurton

How about a timeline of interesting people or events? Students could do the research and connect their findings with yarn or ribbon to the correct spots on the timeline.

Or, have a 'mystery people/places' bulletin board. You or students post clues about people or places. Students do independent research to guess which person or which place it is. You might also do it in the style of a Clue game.

Or, have a 'fact or fiction' bulletin board. Post things that might or might not be true. Have students confirm your little stories through independent research.


native bulletin boards
By: Sue

First of all, if you are doing western Indians, don't confuse them with Indians of other parts of the country. Each region of Indians has their own culture. The plains Indians did not use totem poles.
Feathers although used as decorations were earned. This year I had the honor of watching the eighth grade students at the school I teach at receive their eagle feather (for the boys) or plumes (for the girls) at a ceremony at the end of the school year. I was very moved by this. If you are wanting to show your students great works, you might make note of them "earning their feathers" I don't know if this would offend anyone or not. You might ask if there are any natives in your area.
Also, when there is a large celebration here, we invite the whole community. Maybe if you are having an awards ceremony at all, invite the children's families to help celebrate. Just a thought and a little insight about how things are still done in the "west."


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