January and February are busy months for teachers. We often have to hit the ground running after winter break by re-establishing routines, refreshing our small groups, and revising our days to make them more productive. Within a few weeks progress reports are due and parent conferences are coming up. Let’s face it. By January, hallway displays are last on the list! Here’s an easy solution I came up with last year that combines MLK Day, Valentine’s Day, and the 100th Day displays all-in-one!
An All-In-One Display
Because I’m really making an effort to work smarter, not harder, I wanted to create a board we could display for at least all of January and February. That way, it would tie in MLK Day, Valentine’s Day and our 100th Day of school; all of the upcoming holidays. To make the display, we filled our hallway with heartfelt writing by our students to express their wishes and dreams for their world. Each class wrote 100 dreams which we combined and hung together in a long wave that filled our walls.
In early January, just before the Martin Luther King holiday, we had our students complete their writing. We were all moved by their thoughtful responses and concern for others. We left our display up through February and our soon to be 100th day of school.
Keeping It Simple
When putting up our board, I kept the display itself simple. I saved a lot of time by projecting a globe onto my SMARTBoard then tracing the outer circle on blue butcher paper. Next, I traced the land shapes on green. I placed it in the corner of the board and trimmed off the overhang. After printing out the display title on copy paper, I glued them to blue construction paper to make the stand out a bit.
Our display turned out great and visitors to our hallway really enjoyed reading all of the hopes and dreams of our students. I considered even leaving it up until April and calling it good for Earth Day too! Ha!
If you’d like to create this all-in-one MLK, Valentine’s Day, & 100th Day of School bulletin board display with your class, you can! Download the free bulletin board display templates from my shop to get started! I’ve included everything you need; the writing templates, heart shape, title lettering and even a projectable globe graphic.
If you’re planning for Valentine’s Day, why not have a Valentine’s Math Party? Read about our Valentine math party here and download the FREE class valentines and matching math activity page while you’re there. For more 100th Day ideas check out this 100th Day writing post! This one has a freebie too!