1-2-3 Come Make Some Banners With Me
More and more schools are telling teachers that they only want them to put up student-made bulletin boards that showcase their work, so I thought I’d take it a step farther and have student-made banners too.
I LOVE how festive a classroom and hallway look, when they are decorated to the nines with children’s “mess-terpieces.” As I’ve shared before, I have spent a small fortune on decorations for all of the seasons, months, and themes that I taught, so I like to design lots of FREEBIES so that you don’t have to.
A “Welcome” banner suspended from the ceiling in your room or hallway, is a wonderful way to greet children on their first day of school.
I thought it would be fun for them to help create that banner by coloring it. A "full shot" of the banner, isn't that good, so I decided to just show the 1st pennant and the first letter in welcome, so you can still get an idea of how they look. The 1st and last pennants also come in black and white if you want your students to color them as well.
The first few days are often very hectic with all sorts of rules and regulations to go through, along with a lot of forms to fill out for each student. It’s nice to have an independent quiet activity little ones can do, so you are freed up to get some of that one-on-one stuff done.
Even if you have already started school, your students will enjoy having a part in decorating their classroom, making it look comfy with their special creations.
I have designed a color as well as a black and white version, of the cute “saying” pennant that starts your banner. (There are 3 "saying" options for the cow.) Because I’m all about things looking symmetrical, I suggest putting a duplicate at the end of the banner as well.
Run off and pass out the pennant pieces to your students. They color and cut them out. When everyone is done, gather on the carpet circle and put your banner together, spelling out the word “Welcome.” To add a bit more pizzazz you could tie ribbon bows inbetween each triangle.
So that you have enough pieces for each child, and your banner looks great from both sides, put the other set back-to-back. This will give you 16 total pennants.
If you have more than 16 students in your class (At this point with budget cuts I think we can only dream of small class sizes.) make another banner for a total of 32 pieces.
This can be hung as one long streamer down the hall above your door, or as 2 separate banners across your classroom ceiling. If you don’t have that many students in your class, allow early finishers to color the extra pennant pieces. You could also do one.
I've included a pennant for preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade. I thought they were a bit too cutesy for older grades, but if you don't, and want one for 2nd or 3rd grade, drop me an e-mail and I'll make you firstname.lastname@example.org
I've seen a lot of frog themed activities, especially about "leaping into a new grade, so I also made a FROG banner.
Superheroes continue to be very popular so here's a SUPER HERO banner as well. To view/download them, click on their links.
Why not change your banner every now and then, as you switch themes. If you’d like me to whip together another themed-banner, simply shoot me an e-mail and I’ll see what I can do.
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1-2-3 Come Make A Back To School Icebreaker With Me
"It's 'owl' About Me" is an easy and fun activity that help your new students learn about each other. Completed projects also make a cute bulletin board. If your boards are already filled, use these as a boarder on a hallway wall for an eye-catching display.
I LOVE owls, and by the looks of items available in stores, and PINS on Pinterest, I guess I'm certainly not alone. The word "owl" can be used for a variety of word plays, such as this "Owl" (all) about me activity.
Run off the template on white construction paper. Have students answer the numbered questions, by putting their short answers in the matching numbered areas of the books. The questions appear on the template.
Students color and cut out their owl, and share it with their classmates. Collect them and scatter across a bulletin board. I've included a large owl, with the questions inside, for you to use as the center of your board.
I like to use bright-colored material, burlap, or pin-dot wrapping paper as alternatives to plain b. board paper.
To add more pizzazz to your students' work, give them wiggle eyes and a photo to glue to their creation. Click on the link to view/download the It's Owl About Me Icebreaker.
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