Activity & Printable: Growing with God Full-Year Bulletin Board


 

A simple bulletin board you create once and display all year long.

By Sara Jonckheere

Decorating bulletin boards – a classroom necessity but not always a favorite activity for some teachers. With this Growing with God bulletin board idea, you have a bulletin board (or door decoration) that can be used year-round to display student growth. It is simple to create and students can help with the creating and decorating once you hang up the title.

Supplies Needed

Green paint
White chart or bulletin board paper
Brown/kraft paper
“Growing with God” letters (download free)
Colored paper

To Assemble

Print out the letters that spell “Growing with God” on the colored paper of your choice. Cut out each letter and hang on the bulletin board.

PRO TIP: The letters are designed to print one per page, but you can print them smaller by using the print multiple feature in the printer settings and having more than one letter printed per page. I printed four to a page to decorate a standard-sized door.

Copyright 2018 Sara Jonckheere for Today's Catholic Teacher. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2018 Sara Jonckheere for Today’s Catholic Teacher. All rights reserved.

Hang up the brown paper to make the trunk of the tree. Use the large white paper and draw the outline of the top of the tree. Have students use green washable paint (add dish soap to make it even more washable) to make handprints inside the tree outline. Their handprints will make the leaves of the tree.

Copyright 2018 Sara Jonckheere for Today's Catholic Teacher. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2018 Sara Jonckheere for Today’s Catholic Teacher. All rights reserved.

Once the paint has dried, cut out the top of the tree and put it on the bulletin board above the trunk. Now you have the basics for the bulletin board.

Copyright 2018 Sara Jonckheere for Today's Catholic Teacher. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2018 Sara Jonckheere for Today’s Catholic Teacher. All rights reserved.

To Make the Bulletin Board Seasonal

If you want to keep this bulletin board/door décor up all year, you can make some simple changes to the tree to make it work for each season. The basic set up would be the summer bulletin board.

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Copyright 2018 Sara Jonckheere for Today’s Catholic Teacher. All rights reserved.

For fall, add apples to the tree using red tissue paper or construction paper. You can decorate around the tree with falling apples, piles of leaves, or pumpkins.

Copyright 2018 Sara Jonckheere for Today's Catholic Teacher. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2018 Sara Jonckheere for Today’s Catholic Teacher. All rights reserved.

For winter, cover the treetop with white paper to represent snow. Have students make their own snowflakes to hang around the tree.

Copyright 2018 Sara Jonckheere for Today's Catholic Teacher. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2018 Sara Jonckheere for Today’s Catholic Teacher. All rights reserved.

For spring, remove the white paper and add flowers to the green tree. Use tissue paper or construction paper to make the flower buds on the trees. Have students create flowers to put along the ground underneath the tree.

What Else Can You Add to This Board?

Decide how you want to use the bulletin board throughout the year. Do you want to display work? Do you want to share student learning about a certain topic? Keep track of growth in a certain subject area? Do you want to highlight topics covered in religion class that demonstrate the students’ growth in their faith journey? There are so many possibilities that you could use that would fit with the theme of Growing with God.

Ideas for faith-based work to display:

  • Student reflection sheets completed at multiple times during the year to show their growth and understanding of the Catholic faith or relationship with Jesus
  • Prayers written by the students
  • Reports or activities about the saints
  • Goals for the year
  • Pictures of class service projects
  • Written reflections on living out the Ten Commandments, Beatitudes or Works of Mercy

If you are using this as a door display, you will obviously be more limited as to what else you can add around the tree. For the door, you might want to simply add the names of your students as a way to welcome them to your classroom and create a sense of community. You could even change this out throughout the year – write their names on apples, write their names on snowflakes, write their names on flowers, and so on.

Sara Jonckheere is an elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home mom. She now creates digital curriculum and resources and shares teaching ideas on her blog, Sara J Creations.

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Activity & Printable: Growing with God Full-Year Bulletin Board
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  1. May the peace of our Lord be with you! This is a great website that I have come upon to help me learn more on how I would help my students. This is my first time being a Homeroom teacher and it becomes quite mundane when I keep having the students do the same homeroom prayer activity. Dealing with the sophomore class is quite a challenge as to what they say, “We are the Suffer-Mores!””. This is where I have to have a lot of activities for them to take the initiative to take-charge of their own faith growth and development with such activities. Thank you so much for your sharing! God bless you all!

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