Classroom Bulletin Board Displays:
Ideas and Photographs

Classroom bulletin board display ideas from Unique Teaching Resources

Classroom and Bulletin Board Photographs blue bullet point The saying "A picture paints a thousand words" is especially true of classroom bulletin board displays and fun projects for our students to complete.

blue bullet point As teachers, we can get a lot of ideas and inspiration just from seeing a photograph from another teacher's classroom. This page contains ideas and examples for some of the displays that I have created in my different classrooms.

blue bullet point The majority of these photographs were taken before I started Unique Teaching Resources and are not related to a particular set of lesson plans available on my website. If I have lesson plans related to a particular photograph that you see on this page, I will include a link that will take you to a page where can view this information.

blue bullet point This page of Unique Teaching Resources is a "work in progress" and I will be adding more photographs during the year. Please check back on this classroom bulletin board displays page from time to time to see the new photographs that I have added.

First Day of School Classroom Bulletin Board Displays:

"Learn More About Roald Dahl" Author Study Display (left)
"Fill Your Arms With Books" Octopus and Ocean Display (right)

blue bullet point On the first day of school, I have no student projects to showcase on my bulletin boards. I do not like to have students walking into their new classroom and see empty display areas, so I always create classroom bulletin board displays that feature what we will be learning about during the first month of school.

blue bullet point During the first month of school, my students complete an author study about Roald Dahl, so I created a bulletin board display (shown on the left) that highlights Roald Dahl and his novels.

blue bullet pointDuring the first part of the school year, my students will "Dive Into Reading" a wide variety of different genres of literature. I designed an octopus that has its arms filled with books and an ocean themed bulletin board display. I surrounded the octopus with titles of the genres that my students will be reading: fantasy, mystery, adventure, science fiction, realistic fiction, historical fiction, biography, and nonfiction (these large titles are hard to see in this photograph).

First day of school reading bulletin board displays:  Fill Your Arms With Books and Learn More About Roald Dahl.

Related Reading Resources:

At the beginning of the school year,
I post these "S.M.A.R.T. Rules" in my classroom:

SMART Classroom Rules Anchor Chart

S - ay please and thank you
M - ake friends and be thoughtful
A - rrive on time, prepared, and ready to learn
R - espect yourself and others
T - ry your best!

Free Be S.M.A.R.T. Bulletin Board Display Set For Teachers To Download.

You can find the free download link for this free "Be S.M.A.R.T."
bulletin board display set by clicking on the link below:

Go To: Free Bulletin Board Display Banners List

End of Year Reading Bulletin Board Display:
Students Design Their Own Book Report Projects

blue bullet point My students complete a lot of unique book report projects that I have designed throughout the school year. For their last book report activity in June, students design their own projects. Below is a classroom bulletin board display featuring my students' reading projects.

Classroom book report projects bulletin board display.  Students design their own projects for a fun end of school year activity.

Book Report Templates, Projects, and Teaching Resources:
  • Book Report Templates: You will find ideas for over 20 different book report projects on this page of Unique Teaching Resources.

End of Year Reading Celebration Day:

Students Dress Up As Their Favorite Characters
From the Books That They Have Read
Favorite character from a book end of the year reading celebration dress up day.

blue bullet point At the end of the school year, we have a Reading Celebration Day. My students enjoy dressing up as their favorite characters from the books that they have read that year. On this day, my students give speeches pretending to be the characters that they chose.

blue bullet point For part of their character speeches, my students present "1st Place Book Awards" to their favorite books and they complete a project shaped like a trophy for this assignment (shown below).

Book report bulletin board display for favorite books that students have read during the year.

Click on the following link to view these trophy book report projects:
Favorite Book Report Trophy Shaped Projects

Penguin and Winter Bulletin Board Display

Penguin and winter bulletin board display example from Unique Teaching Resources.

Related Penguin Themed Resources:

Journal Ideas and Writing Prompts:
Sentence Strips and Pocket Charts

blue bullet pointPockets charts are ideal for displaying sentence strips. This pocket chart display contains writing prompts and journal writing topics. I change these sentence strips once a week.

Journal ideas and writing prompt sentence strips and pocket chart display.
Classroom Bulletin Board Displays: Journal Ideas Pocket Chart

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blue bullet point Below: I display my classroom calendar pocket chart next to my creative writing prompts pocket chart in my classroom.

blue bullet point I like using a pocket chart for calendar sets because you don't have to worry about staples, thumb tacks, or velcro and the pieces do not get damaged inside the pocket chart. It is also quick and easy to change my calendar pocket chart at the beginning of each month.

Classroom pocket chart calendar and writing prompts and ideas sentence strips pocket chart display.
Classroom Bulletin Board Displays: Calendar and Writing Prompts Pocket Charts

blue bullet point Below: This is a photograph from a different school that I worked at. This is the same pocket chart shown above and I probably used it for at least 10 years before having to replace it with a new one. In this classroom display, I also am using a pocket chart for our "word of the day" display.

Classroom calendar and word of the day displays using pocket charts.
Classroom Bulletin Board Displays: Word of the Day and Calendar Pocket Charts

My Classroom Library

I divided my classroom library into the following genres of literature:

fantasy, adventure, mystery, science fiction, realistic fiction,
historical fiction, non-fiction, and biography

(Not all genres are visible in this photograph.)

Heidi's classroom library divided into different genres of literature.
Classroom Bulletin Board Displays: Classroom Libary Divided Into Different Genres

blue bullet point I label all of the spines of the books in my classroom library so that it is easy for students to find the correct place in my library where the book belongs.

Encourage Your Students To Read a Wide Variety of
Different Genres of Literature With These Teaching Resources:
  • Genre Pizza Reading Sticker Charts: These unique pizza charts encourage students to read 8 different genres of literature: fantasy, adventure, science fiction, realistic fiction, mystery, non-fiction, biography, and a free choice book.
  • Dive Into Reading Sticker Charts: These fish shaped sticker charts are divided into eight genres: fantasy, mystery, adventure, science fiction, realistic fiction, historical fiction, nonfiction biography, nonfiction information, and a free choice selection..

blue bullet point Below: In addition to separating my classroom library into genres, I have colorful boxes labeled with the names of some of my students' favorite authors.

blue bullet point If a student has really enjoyed a story written by a particular author, they are usually always enthusiastic to read another book by the same author. Dividing a section of my library into "favorite author boxes" helps students to find these books quickly.

Classroom library display of favorite and popular authors for children
Classroom Bulletin Board Displays: Classroom Libary Favorite Author Section

blue bullet point Below: My students love reading biographies about famous people. Although they may learn more about history if they read a biography about George Washington (and I do have these types of reading assignments during the school year), I have found that during their free time, my students love reading about the lives of people that they know about from TV, movies, music, sports, and famous authors.

blue bullet point I created these biography boxes in my classroom library so that students can quickly find a book about a famous person that interests them to read.

A colorful classroom library display of biography nonfiction books for students to read.
Classroom Bulletin Board Displays: Classroom Libary Biography Section

Related Biography Resources:
Unique Book Report Projects That Your Students Will Love!

  • Biography Book Report Newspapers: Your students will enjoy creating these extra large newspaper book report projects. They will have fun being newspaper editors and writing articles, cartoons, and timelines based on the famous people that they have read about in their books.
  • Character Body Book Report Projects: After reading a biography, your students will love designing large character body projects about the famous people that they read about.
  • Movie Camera Book Report Projects: Your students will enjoy being movie directors and shouting "ACTION!" as they direct films about the famous people that they read about. They will have fun choosing set locations, costumes, props, and actors for their biography movies.

Spelling Words Classroom Display:
Using a Pencil Shaped Pocket Chart

blue bullet pointThis is a colorful pencil shaped pocket chart that I use for displaying my weekly spelling lists. I divide my spelling words into three groups:

  1. challenging words
  2. words from the spelling rule that we are studying that week
  3. high frequency words
Spelling words classroom display using a pencil shaped pocket chart.
Classroom Bulletin Board Displays: Spelling Pocket Chart

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My Behavior Management Program:
Using Post-It Notes and 3 Pocket Charts

Below: Red, Green, and Yellow Behavior Pocket Charts
Classroom pocket chart displays for spelling words and student behavior.
Classroom Bulletin Board Displays: 3 Behavior Charts

blue bullet point My students record their own behavior problems for three categories using Post-It Notes.

blue bullet point They place their "behavior notes" in the corresponding pocket chart circles (red, green, or yellow) shown in the above photograph.

  1. Red - Late to Class: This particular behavior management program was for Grade 5 students. At our school, fifth grade students walked to and from the cafeteria on their own and they also went out for recess on their own. If a student returned late from either lunch or recess, he/she went and got a Post It Note and recorded being late on the note and placed it in the red pocket chart.
  2. Green - Homework Not Done: As I was collecting homework assignments, if a student did not compete that assignment, he/she would go and get a Post It Note and record this on the note and place it in the green pocket chart.
  3. Yellow - Classroom Behavior:

    • First Warning: During class, if a student was misbehaving, I would not stop my lesson or the activity that we were doing at the time to address this problem. I would simply walk over to the student and place a Post It Note on the edge of the student's desk. The student knew that was my warning signal that I was not happy with what he/she was doing at the time. This "silent warning" would almost always cause that behavior to stop.
    • Record Classroom Behavior On Note: If the student continued talking or not working on his/her assignment, I walked over and moved the Post It Note from the edge of the student's desk to the center of the desk. The student then knew he/she had to write about this behavior problem on the note and place it in the yellow pocket chart

blue bullet point My students evaluate their effort and classroom behavior at the end of each week and prior to progress reports and report cards.

  • End of Week: At the end of each week, my students were given all of their "Behavior Post It Notes" and they glued them on their "Classroom Behavior Worksheets." This was my way of having students keep a weekly record of their own behavior.

    These "Classroom Behavior Worksheets" were useful at parent conferences because if I had behavior concerns to discuss with a parent, these problems were written in the student's own handwriting on notes, which were glued on their child's personal behavior chart.
  • End of Term: For most schools, teachers are required to give a citizenship or effort grade on report cards and progress reports. Prior to completing my report card evaluations, I had a conference with each of my students.

    We used their "Classroom Behavior Worksheets" to discuss what mark they felt they deserved for citizenship/effort based on their charts. My students knew ahead of time the citizenship and effort grades that would be on their report cards because they were included in the evaluation and decision making process.

Classroom Helpers Display:
Using an Overalls Pocket Chart

blue bullet point I assigned 6 different students to be my classroom helpers each week. I used an overall pocket chart to display this information. By using a pocket chart to hold the names of my student helpers, I was able to quickly change the names at the beginning of each week.

A classroom helpers bulletin board display using overalls pocket charts from Unique Teaching Resources.
Classroom Bulletin Board Displays: Overalls Pocket Chart

"Tools for a Good Group Discussion" Sentence Strips:
Tree and Apple Shaped Pocket Charts

blue bullet point I love pocket charts that are in different shapes and colors! These apple and tree pocket charts have been used time and again in my classrooms during my teaching career.

blue bullet point In the photograph below, these pocket charts are being used to display sentence strips about "Tools For a Good Discussion" and "Discussion Starters." We were completing a literature study about Roald Dahl at the time and my students often met in literature circle groups during this unit of study.

Discussion starters sentence strips inside tree and apple shaped pocket charts.
Classroom Bulletin Board Displays: Tree and Apple Pocket Charts

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Classroom and Bulletin Board Display Ideas From Unique Teaching Resources

blue bullet point This page of Unique Teaching Resources is a "work in progress" and I will be adding more photographs during the year. Please check back on this classroom bulletin board displays page from time to time to see the new photographs that I have added.

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I stumbled across your website over the weekend and I'm SO glad I did! Some great ideas and an extra thank you for the UK spellings! I bought the back to school pencils, punctuation puppies, Willy Wonka group project and the characters! I think these are great resources and even though it's the summer holidays, I've been into school to get my display paper up and have put up the title banners - they look brilliant! Thank you!

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Heidi, I just had to write and let you know that your website has helped me create the most awesome author study of Roald Dahl's books. My students loved completing the big animal shaped projects you designed for The Enormous Crocodile, Esio Trot, and The Giraffe, and the Pelly and Me. For the final project, they had so much fun writing and drawing about the characters from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory using your Willy Wonka Factory project. Thanks for sharing your scrumdiddlyumptious ideas !

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