Break The Ice On The First Week Of School With This Bulletin Board!

Are you planning for the first week of school yet? Boy, do we have a bulletin board for you! Create this crossword puzzle inspired board that helps your students get to know their classmate's names and interests. Although a great conversation starter, that's not the only way to use this board. They can be used for any subject area across your curriculum like when they're learning vocabulary and key concepts as a group. Join us and dive into the details below!


Grade Level:

1-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12


English Language Arts, Fine Arts & Crafts


Supplies Used: 

Sizzix Bigz Die - Square 4"

Ellison SureCut Die - Circle, Rectangle, Square & Triangle - Large

Sizzix Bigz Alphabet Set 26 Dies - Block 3 1/2" Capital Letters

Ellison SureCut Die Set - Block Alphabet, Capital Letters - 4 Inch

Construction Paper

Colored Pens or Pencils

Adhesive Numbers

Ready? Set? Search!

Before diving into the written instructions, check out this helpful how-to video!

  1. Create a crossword puzzle bulletin board featuring all of the students in your class.
  2. Write a clue (a little info) about each student (Figure A).
  3. Go to Hover over Teachers for a drop down menu and click on puzzle maker. Click on criss-cross puzzle and follow the prompts to fill in the student's names and clues (Figure B).
  4. Click on create my puzzle. If the first configuration isn't a good fit for the size and shape of your bulletin board, keep clicking on create my puzzle until you get one that is a good fit (Figure C).
  5. Print out a puzzle for each student to complete at their desk. Use a completed puzzle to count how many letters you need to cut out in order to transfer the puzzle to your bulletin board (Figure D).
  6. Die-cut Squares and Letters. Create lettered squares to match the completed puzzle. Handwrite or use red stickers to label the DOWN and ACROSS squares (Figure E).
  7. Type out a large version of the ACROSS and DOWN legend, back it with red paper and attach it to the board (Figure F).
  8. Die-cut a GETTING TO KNOW YOU title and the appropriate room number with larger Letters to complete the board (see completed project).

There you have it, educators! Do you have a favorite lesson plan for getting to know your class? Let us know in the comments below and if you create this project,  we'd love to see them! Make sure to stop by our FacebookPinterest or Instagram page and tag your pictures with #ellisonedu so we can see it and reshare!

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