Every teacher wants to make their new students feel like a special part of the class! Susan Griffies, a third grade teacher in Central Florida and creator of the blog Griffies Growth, does just that with her back-to-school puzzle bulletin board! As each student becomes a piece of the colorful puzzle, Ms. Griffies assures her students that they “fit right in”!
Back-to-School Puzzle Board
- Background: Black Art Kraft Paper Roll.
- Title: “Welcome to ____________! (e.g. Kindergarten, 3rd Grade, etc.) You Fit Right In!” or “In This Class, You’re A Special Piece of the Puzzle!” – Susan adds extra “pizazz” to her title by using letters with fun, poppin’ patterns!
- Border: Puzzle piece bulletin board border or a bright, coordinating solid color bulletin board border.
- Decoration: Purchase prefabricated puzzle pieces or create your own from vibrant colored card stock. Write the names of your students on the pieces then fit them together in a visually stimulating pattern.
This back-to-school bulletin board may be simple, but it’s quite effective! It’ll add a great contrast of dark and vibrant color to your classroom wall, assure your new students that they have a special place in your classroom, and provide a fun theme for back-to-school decorations and activities!
We’d love to know how you welcome your students back to school! Leave us a comment about your welcome board designs, overall themes, etc!