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June 3, 2016 Best of Blogs: Classroom Walls By Scholastic.com Editors
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    Here are 16 great ideas for using your classroom walls to teach, inspire, showcase student work, and more! Use them right out of the box, or as a jumping off point for your own fabulous displays.

     

    Free Time-Saving Tool: Word Workshop

    By Genia Connell

    February 18, 2015
    Grades PreK12

    Scholastic's new Word Workshop tool allows you to print fancy borders and fun fonts with lots of size and color options. Here are 13 ideas from word walls to bulletin boards to get you started.

    Read more >

     

     

    Ideas for Reusing Bulletin Boards

    By Rhonda Stewart

    February 13, 2015
    Grades PreK12

    Create your own bulletin board display with printable mini-posters of famous African Americans along with their inspiring quotations.

    Read more >

     

     

     

    Celestial Bulletin Boards: A Galaxy of Poetry

    By Alycia Zimmerman

    October 8, 2014
    Grades 1-5

    Use "If I Were in Charge of the World" as a mentor text in this lesson plan that starts with a shared reading experience and culminates in a heavenly wall display of student work.

    Read more >

     

     

    Pinterest-Inspired Project and Hallway Display

    By Lindsey Petlak

    March 26, 2014
    Grades PreK12

    Use the concept of Pinterest as a way for students to quickly, yet effectively provide a snapshot of their understanding of strategies and concepts. Read on to see the pinter-rific results and to get a FREE DOWNLOAD!

    Read more >

     

     

    Anchor Charts on Your Walls as an Effective Teaching Tool

    By Rhonda Stewart

    March 7, 2014
    Grades 3–8

    Anchor charts are an easy and effective way to support instruction in the classroom after the lesson has been taught. Get tips for creating and using different charts for your targeted results.

    Read more >

     

     

    12 Steps to Creating a Language-Rich Environment

    By Genia Connell

    January 15, 2014
    Grades PreK–5

    Use your classroom wall space to immerse your students in an engaging, language-rich environment that bolsters their vocabulary while improving their reading, writing, and communications skills.

    Read more >

     

     

    5 Creative Ways to Hang Things in Your Classroom

    By Allie Magnuson

    September 5, 2013
    Grades PreK–12

    From word walls to student projects for opening night, to seasonal arts and crafts, teachers display work. Whether you're looking at walls, windows, or doors, you will find a method for hanging things in your classroom that's right for your project.

    Read more >

     

     

    Creative Writing Celebrations

    By Meghan Everette

    February 8, 2013
    Grades PreK–12

    A writing fair is a fun and engaging way to showcase student work and learn at the same time. Unite students and teachers with a common theme and begin creating hallways and walls that celebrate writing.

    Read more >

     

     

    Wall Charts for Beginning Readers from Sarah Bledsoe’s PreK–K Class

    By Ruth Manna

    April 27, 2012
    Grades PreK–K

    A visit to Sarah Bledsoe’s combined preschool and kindergarten class uncovered this fourth-year teacher's imaginative use of wall charts that showcase a combination of words and pictures. Her version is perfect for her beginning readers and can easily be adapted for older students.

    Read more >

     

     

    Bringing Your Classroom to Life With Cycles and Food Chains

    By Jennifer Solis and Jenifer Boatwright

    March 29, 2012
    Grades PreK–5

    In a study of life cycles and food chains, using your walls to chart the names of mature and baby animals helps solidify important vocabulary words. Keeping charts big and colorful helps draw focus to the information you're covering.

    Read more >

     

     

    Making Wordle Work for You — Beyond Word Clouds

    By Addie Albano

    March 20, 2012
    Grades 6–8

    If you favor laptops and printers over scissors and magazines, you should know about Wordle, a website that allows you to make your own word clouds. Use words from a reading workshop or vocabulary study, choose a design, and see what happens when your class "plays with words."

    Read more >

     


    Totally Hooked! The Many Uses for Stick-On Hooks in My Classroom

    By Alycia Zimmerman

    January 25, 2012
    Grades PreK–8

    The uses for these little stick-on rings are endless, from holding hall passes to keeping technology paraphernalia in place. But one of our favorite ideas is this portable word wall.

    Read more >

     

     

    Welcome Aboard! Decorating With a Classroom Theme

    By Megan Power

    September 6, 2011
    Grades PreK–K

    Creating a classroom theme is fun and compelling and can serve as a launching pad for lessons throughout the year. Turning an awkward space into a working timeline/treasure hunt where “X marks the spot" helped this kindergarten class cruise through each month on the way to June.

    Read more >


     

    Geometry Graffiti — Polygons in the Hallways

    By Stacey Burt

    December 16, 2011
    Grades 6–8

    Using painter’s tape, protractors, and a graphic organizer, get your students and your studies out of the classroom and into the halls!

    Read more >

     

     

     

    Putting Your Walls to Work

    By Jennifer Solis and Jenifer Boatwright

    December, 2011
    Grades 1–2

    Nothing improves the classroom atmosphere more than displaying current student work. So take a peek at these great tips for putting classroom walls to work.

    Read more >

     

     

     

    Interactive Bulletin Boards: Tell Me All About It

    By Megan Power

    October 16, 2009
    Grades PreK–5

    When students enter a classroom they have a lot on their minds and a lot to say. No teacher wants to squelch enthusiasm, but how to let them share without disrupting the class? Meet the "Tell Me All About It" bulletin board, where interactive does not necessarily mean high tech.

    Read more >

    Here are 16 great ideas for using your classroom walls to teach, inspire, showcase student work, and more! Use them right out of the box, or as a jumping off point for your own fabulous displays.

     

    Free Time-Saving Tool: Word Workshop

    By Genia Connell

    February 18, 2015
    Grades PreK12

    Scholastic's new Word Workshop tool allows you to print fancy borders and fun fonts with lots of size and color options. Here are 13 ideas from word walls to bulletin boards to get you started.

    Read more >

     

     

    Ideas for Reusing Bulletin Boards

    By Rhonda Stewart

    February 13, 2015
    Grades PreK12

    Create your own bulletin board display with printable mini-posters of famous African Americans along with their inspiring quotations.

    Read more >

     

     

     

    Celestial Bulletin Boards: A Galaxy of Poetry

    By Alycia Zimmerman

    October 8, 2014
    Grades 1-5

    Use "If I Were in Charge of the World" as a mentor text in this lesson plan that starts with a shared reading experience and culminates in a heavenly wall display of student work.

    Read more >

     

     

    Pinterest-Inspired Project and Hallway Display

    By Lindsey Petlak

    March 26, 2014
    Grades PreK12

    Use the concept of Pinterest as a way for students to quickly, yet effectively provide a snapshot of their understanding of strategies and concepts. Read on to see the pinter-rific results and to get a FREE DOWNLOAD!

    Read more >

     

     

    Anchor Charts on Your Walls as an Effective Teaching Tool

    By Rhonda Stewart

    March 7, 2014
    Grades 3–8

    Anchor charts are an easy and effective way to support instruction in the classroom after the lesson has been taught. Get tips for creating and using different charts for your targeted results.

    Read more >

     

     

    12 Steps to Creating a Language-Rich Environment

    By Genia Connell

    January 15, 2014
    Grades PreK–5

    Use your classroom wall space to immerse your students in an engaging, language-rich environment that bolsters their vocabulary while improving their reading, writing, and communications skills.

    Read more >

     

     

    5 Creative Ways to Hang Things in Your Classroom

    By Allie Magnuson

    September 5, 2013
    Grades PreK–12

    From word walls to student projects for opening night, to seasonal arts and crafts, teachers display work. Whether you're looking at walls, windows, or doors, you will find a method for hanging things in your classroom that's right for your project.

    Read more >

     

     

    Creative Writing Celebrations

    By Meghan Everette

    February 8, 2013
    Grades PreK–12

    A writing fair is a fun and engaging way to showcase student work and learn at the same time. Unite students and teachers with a common theme and begin creating hallways and walls that celebrate writing.

    Read more >

     

     

    Wall Charts for Beginning Readers from Sarah Bledsoe’s PreK–K Class

    By Ruth Manna

    April 27, 2012
    Grades PreK–K

    A visit to Sarah Bledsoe’s combined preschool and kindergarten class uncovered this fourth-year teacher's imaginative use of wall charts that showcase a combination of words and pictures. Her version is perfect for her beginning readers and can easily be adapted for older students.

    Read more >

     

     

    Bringing Your Classroom to Life With Cycles and Food Chains

    By Jennifer Solis and Jenifer Boatwright

    March 29, 2012
    Grades PreK–5

    In a study of life cycles and food chains, using your walls to chart the names of mature and baby animals helps solidify important vocabulary words. Keeping charts big and colorful helps draw focus to the information you're covering.

    Read more >

     

     

    Making Wordle Work for You — Beyond Word Clouds

    By Addie Albano

    March 20, 2012
    Grades 6–8

    If you favor laptops and printers over scissors and magazines, you should know about Wordle, a website that allows you to make your own word clouds. Use words from a reading workshop or vocabulary study, choose a design, and see what happens when your class "plays with words."

    Read more >

     


    Totally Hooked! The Many Uses for Stick-On Hooks in My Classroom

    By Alycia Zimmerman

    January 25, 2012
    Grades PreK–8

    The uses for these little stick-on rings are endless, from holding hall passes to keeping technology paraphernalia in place. But one of our favorite ideas is this portable word wall.

    Read more >

     

     

    Welcome Aboard! Decorating With a Classroom Theme

    By Megan Power

    September 6, 2011
    Grades PreK–K

    Creating a classroom theme is fun and compelling and can serve as a launching pad for lessons throughout the year. Turning an awkward space into a working timeline/treasure hunt where “X marks the spot" helped this kindergarten class cruise through each month on the way to June.

    Read more >


     

    Geometry Graffiti — Polygons in the Hallways

    By Stacey Burt

    December 16, 2011
    Grades 6–8

    Using painter’s tape, protractors, and a graphic organizer, get your students and your studies out of the classroom and into the halls!

    Read more >

     

     

     

    Putting Your Walls to Work

    By Jennifer Solis and Jenifer Boatwright

    December, 2011
    Grades 1–2

    Nothing improves the classroom atmosphere more than displaying current student work. So take a peek at these great tips for putting classroom walls to work.

    Read more >

     

     

     

    Interactive Bulletin Boards: Tell Me All About It

    By Megan Power

    October 16, 2009
    Grades PreK–5

    When students enter a classroom they have a lot on their minds and a lot to say. No teacher wants to squelch enthusiasm, but how to let them share without disrupting the class? Meet the "Tell Me All About It" bulletin board, where interactive does not necessarily mean high tech.

    Read more >

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