The most important thing to consider when planning your bulletin boards for going back to school is the theme. Begin by choosing something that is age appropriate for the grade level you are working with (like this Vintage Inspired Carnival, which was loved by all of Tami’s previous 2nd graders). You can also plan to incorporate something personal into your theme. For example, a few years ago when Tami was teaching in Arizona, she brought her “home” into her classroom with a star-studded Hollywood theme. Popular current events also make a huge statement (like this A Royal Classroom theme which came after the summer William and Kate got married).

Tami has been wanting to incorporate her favorite Dr. Seuss quotes into her theme for a while now, and finally felt like this year was the right time. As Tami is now starting her second year teaching Jewish Studies to 1st – 6th graders, she has the additional challenge of appealing to different age groups. After much planning and preparation, she has managed to select a quote and an overall bulletin board look that is grade level appropriate and works well with the curriculum she follows for that particular class while still staying true to the theme.

 

1st Grade: “From there to here and here to there, first graders are everywhere” … and so are Jewish things. This year, the first grade class will be learning about their community. In Social Studies, they get a chance to meet and interview many community helpers (such as the public librarian, a doctor, the school’s Rabbi, and even a soccer player). This concept is then brought into Tami’s Jewish Studies class as she introduces them to the Jewish community around them. This bulletin board will serve as a place for her students to brainstorm a list of “Jewish things” they already know coming into this year.

 
2nd / 3rd Grade: The 2nd / 3rd grade class will be traveling a lot this year (in their learning, that is). Oh, what places will they go? … to meet the prophets of Ancient Israel and modern day prophets, to the temple to lead others in prayer, to a special interfaith food pantry, and even to Jerusalem. The bright neon colors and patterns in this bulletin board will not only introduce these topics of learning to all passers by, but get the kids excited as well for the year ahead.
 

3rd Grade: “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” What a great message for third graders to live by each and every day! In this bulletin board Thing 1 and Thing 2 make an appearance to announce the things coming up in Jewish Studies.

 

4th, 5th, and 6th Grade: This Dr. Seuss quote from The Lorax is Tami’s all time favorite, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” It also ties in perfectly to one of the most important lessons her older students will be learning. This year’s Jewish value they will be focusing on is
“Bal Tashchit” (Guarding the Earth), and as the Lorax is known for “speaking for the trees”, he is the best one to help students remember this special value.

Here’s to a smooth start to the new school year for all of those teachers out there from Side by Side Design! We would like to send you off with some last words by the great Dr. Seuss, “Will you succeed? Yes you will indeed! Ninety-eight and three quarters percent guaranteed.”

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