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Create a fun bulletin board with students to celebrate the classroom community.
Team-building exercises strengthen the classroom community, especially when implemented during the first days of school. This visual arts exercise emphasizes the importance of individual artistic expression towards creation of a group project. As the teacher combines individual pieces, students discover a positive message hidden in their assembled artwork. Such activities motivate students to work together towards a common goal and recognize the special talents individual bring to a group.
Students design pieces of a larger bulletin board to reveal a hidden message for the class.
Supplies Used: Butcher Paper, Crayons, Markers, Paint, Scissors, Tape
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Trace around the eight inch letters to spell your message on a large sheet of butcher paper to fit your bulletin board. Trace over the pencil lines with a fat black marker (Figure A).
- Turn the banner over and divide it into segments with a yard stick and a pencil. Number the back side of each segment (Figure B).
- Create a cheat sheet that will make it easy to remember the order of the pages when re-assembling the segments (Figure C).
- Cut the banner along the pencil lines of the banner, allowing one for each student in your class. Distribute one section to each student and instruct them to color their paper using fun patterns and shapes. Remove the black and grey crayon from each box so as not to compete with the black outline of the message (Figure D).
- When the hour is up and all segments are colored, have your students look at the back of their sheet and bring it up to the board when you call their number. As each section is stapled to the board, the kids will start calling out possible messages.
- If you have more room under the banner, add a strip of black paper, dotted with white circles. I also added yellow and gold stripes on the bottom of the board and decorated the striped section with student work, labeled with their photo, placed behind a picture frame (Figure E).
- Celebrate your completed bulletin board with the class (see Main Photo).
- Figure A
- Figure B
- Figure C
- Figure D
- Figure E
Fine Arts: Visual Arts
K-4 Standard 1: Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques and Processes
- Students use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.
K-4 Standard 5: Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others
- Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art.