In our school, there are many very LARGE bulletin boards in the hallways, and each grade is responsible for one of the boards. The other first grade teachers and I rotate board decoration duties. November is one of my months.
This always gives me some anxiety because the bulletin board is in one of the main halls for all (and I mean ALL) to see. We started working on our bulletin board the last week of October.
First I read from this book:
In it, there is a section that talks about what the people who traveled on The Mayflower could bring with them. We learned that each family could only bring what would fit in a small trunk:
We then brainstormed ideas as a whole group:
Once we listed all of our ideas, I gave each student a piece of paper to write the eight things that they would have wanted to take on The Mayflower. The paper I used was manilla drawing paper that I ran through the copier.
That evening, to make them look older, I burned the edges of each child's paper.
A couple kind of got away from me....fire can be tricky!!
Here is the final result:
My kids are very excited about their board, and cannot wait to take home their burned papers!!