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Interactive Literacy Bulletin Boards Interactive Literacy Bulletin Boards

To promote a life-long love of reading, there are many interactive bulletin boards that students can use at various times throughout the day. These bulletin boards are sometimes a full class lesson, an extension task on our gumball machine, and an integral part of our reading workshop. This also helps to keep students accountable for all of their reading in the classroom. Some of the boards are listed below. 




The Journey to 40 Books

This bulletin board was inspired by the book The Book Whisperer by Donalynn Miller.  Here the students track the various books they've read, the genre of these books and they write a small review of how the book as well.  Each trimester, they create a graph charting the genres they've read to help them monitor the types of books they are reading. 





Tweet Me!: The Twitter Board

I made this bulletin board in hopes of helping my closure of lessons.  It has done that and more.  At the end of lessons, or during independent work time, I tell students to "Tweet me!"  Depending on my direction, they can tweet anything from one math problem to a question they still have about the lesson or something they learned and are excited about.  They stick their post it note to the board and I can check at a later time (or right then) to see who needs extra help or who still has questions.  It is a great informal assessment and helps me to make sure I am checking on all 27 students in the room. 

           



Books We've Read Together: Reading Themes: The Leader in Me

Through a district wide character education initiative, the students will be introduced to the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People featured in the book The Leader in Me by Stephen Covey. To reinforce these habits, we will be identifying which of them are used by the characters in the various books we read together this year.

 


For the Leader in Me headings, visit the Teacher's Resources page.




Peer Book Recommendations
On this bulletin board, students will recommend books to their friends based specifically on color level, genre, and interest.  Students write a brief recommendation on an index card to a peer they think might like this book. Then they put the card into that child's pocket for them to review during Reader's Workshop.



The Interest Cards (shown below) are a very important part of this board. It tells the students what color level they should be recommending to their friends. This helps the students suggest "just right" books for their peers.  In my pocket, I have a yellow interest card which allows me to read yellow, green and blue books.  Red books would not be "just right" for me, so they should not be recommended.

 

To download the Interest Cards, visit the Teacher's Resources page.



Reader's Choice
On this bulletin board, students will vote on whether or not they would recommend various books to others. As an extension, they can write a critique of our class book or the book they are reading by writing a book review for The Spucci Times. They are also invited to recommend the next book to be evaluated by the class.

 


Be a Word Catcher
The students are encouraged to collect words they love.  When they hear or see a word they like, we collect them into our Word Jar.  I write the word on an index card and the students decorate the card with glitter glue.  After we hang the words in the jar, the students are given a ticket each time they use one in their writing or in a sentence.




StarBooks Book Awards
The students will nominate books each month for the StarBooks Book Awards. The criteria will change each month, and students can nominate any book they have read in our classroom or at home. The class should try to read as many of the nominated books as possible so they can make an educated decision when voting. The winners are hung on our bulletin board for the next month, and the book is awarded a seal to forever identify it as a winner. For more information, click here.


 


 


Student Book Recommendations
Students are welcome to recommend books to the class on this bulletin board. This gives them the opportunity to use some of these "juicy" words when describing their recommendations.  They hang their recommendation slips underneath the appropriate genre heading.

 


Reading Takes Us Places
As students continue their reading, they will often be taken to many different places. Each time they encounter the name of a state or a town in their reading, we will mark its location on our United States or world map. The students are then invited to research this place on the computer and send a postcard back home from the place they are visiting.

 
 

 

Be a Word Catcher
The students are encouraged to collect words they love.  When they hear or see a word they like, we collect them into our Word Jar.  I write the word on an index card and the students decorate the card with glitter glue.  After we hang the words in the jar, the students are given a ticket each time they use one in their writing or in a sentence.


  







Second Grade


Books We've Read Together

To constantly reinforce the definitions of the various genres of books, we classify each book we read together as a class and stick it in the appropriate spot on our board. Students then explore these genres independently during Reader's Workshop.  This is monitored by their Genre Keys. (below)

  


Unlock the Door to the World of Reading: Genre Keys
To encourage the students to read various genres during reader's workshop I have created key rings for each of them.  Each ring has 3-6 keys on them.  Each key is color coded by genre. This is a great way for me to monitor which genres the students feel most comfortable with.  Every time they empty their key ring completely, they get a ticket from me.

  


 

 



  


 


Be a Word Catcher
The students are encouraged to collect words they love.  When they hear or see a word they like, we collect them into our Word Jar.  I write the word on an index card and the students decorate the card with glitter glue.  After we hang the words in the jar, the students are given a ticket each time they use one in their writing or in a sentence.


  




Reader's Choice
On this bulletin board, students will vote on whether or not they would recommend various books to others. As an extension, they can write a critique of our class book or the book they are reading by writing a book review for The Spucci Times. They are also invited to recommend the next book to be evaluated by the class.

  

 


StarBooks Book Awards
The students will nominate books each month for the StarBooks Book Awards. The criteria will change each month, and students can nominate any book they have read in our classroom or at home. The class should try to read as many of the nominated books as possible so they can make an educated decision when voting. The winners are hung on our bulletin board for the next month, and the book is awarded a seal to forever identify it as a winner. For more information, click here.
 
   


Student Book Recommendations
Students are welcome to recommend books to each other on this bulletin board. This gives them the opportunity to use some of these "juicy" words when describing their recommendations.

  



Reading Takes Us Places
As students continue their reading, they will often be taken to many different places. Each time they encounter the name of a state or a town in their reading, we will mark its location on our United States or world map.

   



  
The D.E.A.R. Diaries
This interactive bulletin board that holds students accountable for their independent reading of both fiction and non-fiction books, articles and poems. These extension tasks serve to increase students' higher level thinking as well as to deepen their comprehension of texts we read in class together, during guided reading and during independent DEAR time. The students are asked to pick one of four cards that have different questions on each of them. Each question is focused on a different comprehension skill such as identifying main idea, sequencing and summarizing events, drawing conclusions, and identifying author's purpose.  This bulletin board can also be condensed by putting these pockets on the back cover of students' reading response notebooks, as shown below.
    





Ms. Spucci's Class
Smithtown Central School District