I can’t believe I’m saying it, but it is back to school time! Although it is only July, I have had to start getting back into the classroom to prepare for a new year. We will be traveling the first few days of August, then celebrating my sister’s wedding, so I’m hoping to get as much done as possible beforehand!

One of the first things that I do in my classroom is put up my new back to school bulletin boards. Some of these boards are year round boards, but take awhile to complete at the beginning. This year I reused quite a bit of material from past bulletin boards. I knew I had saved all that for a reason!

Theme Board

My first bulletin board relates to the theme verse. This year that verse is Philippians 4:8. “Finally dear brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or prasieworthy – think about such things.”

Typically, my theme boards take a lot of time to put together. However, this one was probably the quickest I’ve had in a long time! I painted the words to “think about” on a piece of poster board, then cut it in the shape of a think bubble. Next, I found a clipart image of someone thinking. To make it the correct size, I enlarged it on the projector screen and simply traced it and cut it out. So easy!

Scientist of the Month

This board is a repeat, but an excellent one. A few years ago, I was wanting to make a board that was somewhat interactive, but I had little time to put anything together. Thank you to TeachersPayTeachers for this extraordinary find! This Scientist of the Month packet came with 10 different scientists (we are only in school 9 months, so there was an extra!). A picture, a fact sheet, and a sheet with QR codes for students to look at on their own were all included. It was WELL worth the $4 I paid. My bulletin board is set for the year (although remembering to change it every month was sometimes tricky…) and I plan to use it every three years or so! Perfect.

Keep Calm and Do Science

I had seen this board floating around on Pinterest for awhile and had it pinned several times (Does anyone else actually do that-pin it like three times without realizing it?). I figured it would be a good one to start the school year with. The Periodic Table Flash Cards I found here were perfect! I simply printed the elements that contained the letters I needed (looking at the picture for guidance!), cut them out, then highlighted the letters to spell “Keep Calm and Do Science” so they would stand out. Easy peasy!

Not the best picture, but the one I took from a straight on angle had a terrible glare. Sorry!

One bulletin board, three sections, complete for back to school! Now there are a few in the hallway I have to get to…

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