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ocean theme bulletin board
By: Linda

Last year my pre-k students and I made an ocean themed bulletin board. We used white butcher paper, water colored the background blue, and the children designed their own marine life which we cut out and glued onto the background paper. They used crayons, watercolors, tempera paints, etc. Don't forget to cut out and glue green plants and colorful coral on the mural too. For the ocean floor spread glue on the bottom portion of the mural and sprinkle it with sand.

Sea Theme bulletin board
By: Verlene

I used a sea theme for my end of the year board last year and it was a lot of fun. For the beginning of the year you could purchase a bulletin board set at a school supply store or create one yourself with construction paper and/or paper plates to make the fish. With fish you can play on the term school of fish placing a fish for each child with their name on it, onto the board. Then you could take each child's picture and add it to the fish if you like. I used crepe paper streamers across the ceiling and bulletin boards to create an ocean feel. I had the students create and color several sea creatures which we added to scene as they completed them.

Bulletin Board Idea
By: Kimberly

Just a thought, but try to make the board interactive to a point. Divide the board up and have a section for touch: attach cotton balls, sandpaper, something sticky, etc. For smell, find scratch and sniff stickers or put things on there for them to smell, for sight, put pretty postcards, for hearing: attach bells, or other items that make noise. You could also do the board where they have to put the items on the board themselves: Select where each item goes.

Electricity Bulletin Board
By: Julianne

Have each student draw a picture of his or her house and cut it out. Cut out a power station and put half the houses on one side of the board. Then use bell wire (telephone wire or other thin wire will do fine) to connect each house to the next showing a simple circuit. Now cut out another power plant and use the remaining houses in two rows to show a parallel circuit. Do this by having each house link to and from a pair of parallel wires that come down from the power plant. You can see a simple diagram of this in any elementary electricity book. Students can predict what would happen if someone cut a wire in each of the models. If you are handy you can build each of these models using a 6 volt lantern battery for the power source and lights cut from a set of Christmas lights for the "houses". Cut each light away from the string leaving two 6" lengths of wire attached. Bare about 1/2 inch of wire at the end of each. Make the simple circuit by joining the lights together in a "holding hands" pattern with the battery at one position in the circle. If any one of the lights is removed the entire string goes dark. To make the parallel circuit you'll need a 1 foot piece of 2X4, 4 nails and about 4 feet of bare copper wire. Drive two nails about 2 inches apart at each end of the board. Cut the wire in half and run each piece between the nails on one side of the board making miniature telephone wires. Leave enough wire at one end to connect to the terminals of your 6 volt battery. Now carefully string your lights by hooking the bare part of one leg over one phone line and the other bare part over the other one. You should have a sort of ladder effect with the lights shining between the two parallel wires. You can show that you can remove any one light and the rest will stay lit.

Boy, I nearly didn't post's so long. But I've used this experiment with kids over and over. It's a real crowd pleaser and they get a real feel for how electricity works.

raincoat bulletin board
By: kim

Here is a bulletin board a teacher did for weather. She put a child's raincoat on the board and put writing prompts on index cards and stuck them in the pockets.

Science Bulletin Board
By: Lisa

In the past I have put SCIENCE IS... in very large letters at the top of a bulletin board and have had the students bring in pictures or captions from newspapers, internet or magazines of science related things. It ends up being an ongoing year-long collage and they learn how many diverse areas of everyday life are scientific.

Animal Bulletin Board
By: Illini Teacher

I'm not sure what grade level you have, but here is what I have used with PreK-2.

Split the board into different sections. (we did 4)

Then we brainstormed different categories. I like to let the students have some say, so students chose: animals that are on a farm, animals that are in a zoo, animals that fly, animals that swim.

I then found pictures and words of many animals. We placed animals in their categories. We also "realized" that some animals belonged in more than one category.

I've also seen bb's that are like a came where there are pictures and the students have to place the name on the animal, similar to pin the tail on the donkey.

Dinosaur Bulletin Board
By: sam

One of our favorite dino boards takes lot of room but is great fun! Draw to scale [as large as your space allows] several of your favorite dinosaurs and decorate them each in a different medium[crayons, collage etc.]research dino facts and post on each dinosaur. when you are all done ,at end of the week darken the room ,use a flashlight and take a dino tour!

Science Bulletin Board
By: Sue W.

BLAST OFF INTO SCIENCE should be a good one. You could have a moon and stars scattered on the board. If it was me, I might write on the stars topics or areas you plan to work on, such as, magnets, electricity, ecology. You could use chapter or kit or unit headings, depending on what type of program you have.

cell bulletin board
By: Cathy

I don't know how helpful this is now but... Try making a model magic model of a cell. A fifth grade teacher at our school had the students make their own "play=doh" and then model 5 organelles. I have also seen 3D models made of jello and fruit inside a Ziploc bag--not sure how durable that would be. In high school I taught the cell organelles as being like a factory so you could perhaps do something like a factory and label the pictures of workers as organelles.


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