After our fun craft we did on Friday (which I will explain in a bit) I put our completed projects up on our classroom door. I thought I would give you a little info on this part of our classroom, because honestly, it's one of my favorite parts of our room!
The reason I love our door so much is because we use it as a bulletin board for students work. This allows our door display to be changed frequently, while allowing those in the hall to take a peek at our hard work in Room 216! If you notice, I also have my students write their name on a piece of a sentence strip. These serve two purposes. One is to post my students names on the door beneath their masterpieces. The other purpose? A few times a year (at the end each term) I have my students re-write their name on a different sentence strip piece and we replace the old one. BUT - I keep all of the name samples throughout the year, so I can show them their progress in their handwriting. Just a fun, quick progress assessment!
For our other hallway displays, click here.
It's easy for me to use my classroom door as a student work bulletin board, because I only have 7 students. Obviously, this small classroom design idea won't work for everyone, but if you have a small enough classroom, it may be something to try. It's so easy to do! No more board paper. No more borders. No more cut-out letters. All you have to do is hang up your student work, and it looks great! Plus you look like an awesome teacher for the frequent switching of your door display!
If you notice the door picture above, that is my newest product! My students have done this activity for a few years now, but this is the first time I have made a template and made it "product-ready".
My kids love doing this craft, because it's fun and not too complicated for my Littles. Also, I differentiate the writing prompt (which is included in the product) for my kiddos. My students who are working on writing 1-2 words to complete a sentence have one template, while my students who are a bit more advanced and working on writing longer sentences with more details have a different template. Here are some pictures of my Littles working on this activity:
And the final product:
If you would like to check out this product, click here or the product picture above.