Bulletin Board Ideas
Start off on the right foot with SKR
(South Kitsap Reads)
I use two or three right shoes with stuffed
socks inserted into the shoes. (You could use cut outs instead of real
shoes) The shoes I use happen to be new ones that never fit me and the
socks are usually a little different (Coca-Cola, Mickey Mouse, etc.) I
also have cut out ads from magazines and newspapers that are large shoes
and have stapled them to the background. I use books from the shelves
but you could also use book jackets.
South Kipsap High School, Port Orchard, Washington
Welcome to Anywhere High
Take pictures of your new staff members and
do a short interview. We did name, position, hometown, college and a
sentence like I'm delighted to be here because...Quick, easy and
interesting. Helps staff put names with faces.
Carolyn Wandstrat, Splendora High, Splendora, Texas
New Books for a New Year
This is a good way to highlight some new
titles at the beginning of the school year with a background of fall
leaves and a display of new books. [The same caption is adaptable for
a fast end of winter break bulletin board in January, using snowflakes
instead of leaves]
Elaine Knight, Lincoln, Illinois, firstname.lastname@example.org
We Do It All For You
This bulletin board is actually a show case. We placed
samples of books, filmstrips, CD disks, computer disks, video boxes,
Chalk One Up To Reading
This was the easiest and most complimented bulletin
board I ever had. I used black butcher block paper to cover the board
to resemble a chalk board. With a variety of pastel chalks I wrote in
a slanted hand, "Chalk one up to reading". I used hairspray to set the
chalk so it didn't smudge. If the board is not accessible I wouldn't
use anything on the chalk. I used a premade border of schoolhouses and
apples around it. Simple and appealing.
Library Media Specialist, Boulder Valley Schools, Broomfield, Co.
Appealing Words of Wisdom
For September have the caption:
"Appeeling Words of Wisdom" with quotes written on apples to start the
school year off right.
Barb Devore, Media Specialist
Oakville High School, St. Louis, MO
Welcome to the Media Center
In the center of the bulletin board have
"Welcome to the Media Center". Surrounding the English words, have the
same sentiment in different languages.
Visitâ Biblioteca! (Romanian)
Visitare la bibliotecha! (Italian)
Käydä Katsomassakirjasto! (Finnish)
Visitez la bibliothèque! (French)
Besøge biblioteker! (Danish)
Besuchen Sie die Bibliothek! (German)
Bezoeken Zi de lesszaal! (Dutch)
Visiten la bibliotechaa! (Spanish)
Wizytowac biblioteka! (Polish)
Navstiviti knihorna! (Czech)
If you have students who speak different
languages, they could help you add even more to this list. I was not
able to add some other languages because my keyboard does not have those
symbols. Let me know if I have misspelled anything or you can add to
Judy Serritella, Lovejoy High School, Lovejoy, Georgia
Back to School Blues
This bulletin board has the Bobbi Katz poem
"Back to school blues" in the center. The background, of course, is
blue. Have student written "blues" poems surrounding the original poem
or have book jackets of poetry books or biographies about poets.
"Back to School Blues"
Just wiggling my toes in my brand new
Guess I've got a case of the back to school blues.
Shiny new notebook with nothing inside it
Feeling kinda scared and trying hard to hide it.
I've got 3 sharp pencils I never used before
And a teacher I don't know behind a classroom door.
Maybe she's a nice one.
Maybe she's bad news.
Just a wiggling and a jiggling to the back to school blues.
Judy Serritella, Lovejoy High,
Match the Teacher with Her Pet
In order to have the students meet the
faculty and staff on a different level have the faculty bring in a
picture of themselves and a picture of their pet. Place the pictures on
the bulletin board in a scrambled up manner and have the student decide
who goes with which pet. Number the pictures and lab el the pets with a
letter. Have paper available for the students to write down their
answers. Add some book jackets of pet books to tie in your reading
Sadie Longood, Dallas (Oregon) High
Are we there yet?
This travel themed board serves as a
transition from summer vacation to academia. The
inspiration for this one came from a pile of used postcards I
picked up at a thrift store.
Sadie Longood, Dallas (Oregon) High
Deanna Rogers, Cornerstone Christian Academy, Norcross, GA
Fall Into A Good Book
I created a tree using
brown construction paper and fall leaves, fall garlands that were
purchased at the dollar store. The tree went up one side and the
garlands formed the branches and cascaded across the top and down the
other side. I stapled loose fall
leaves as they were falling from the tree. I used the letter from
foam ABC puzzles also purchased at the dollar store for the caption. I printed clip art of
kids reading, enlarged the pictures and stapled them around the board. I also had a pile of
leaves, wheelbarrow, rake, etc.
Minerva Central School,
I use black butcher paper, add some pictures of our
mascot, the Monarchs, a few varsity letters, die cut shapes and then
embellish with chalk. I write right on the black paper and it looks like
a chalk board.
Patti Tjomsland, Library Media Specialist, Mark Morris High School, Longview, Washington