Student Generated Bulletin
I use seasonal themes. Each month I put up
blank piece of roll paper on a large portion of my bulletin board wall.
I have a small table with chairs by it. On this table I have
cut-outs from the lettering machine or photocopied items, and a
set of instructions. When I see a student following
rules, participating nicely, etc., I may ask them to go put a
cut-out up. Students go to the table and follow the
directions. I may ask them to draw a particular rhythm note
we are studying and sign their name on the item. Sometimes,
I may ask them to draw a music staff on their cut-out and draw
line or space notes, or melodic patterns using notes we are
learning. Students then glue their work on the bulletin
board paper. I have crayons, markers and glue sticks on the
table as well, so they can decorate their creations. It
takes them 3-5 minutes. You wouldn't believe how quiet
everyone else gets. They all want to go put one up! I
usually call them up in groups of four's. It really
encourages them to do well, because they want to do something
special. I use this all year, and make sure everyone has a chance.
Every time they come to music they potentially have a chance.
Below I'll list what seasonal items I use.
August- BACK TO SCHOOL school bus cut-outs (draw a note and
sign your name)
September- Fall into music leaves
October- Jazzy Pumpkins orange pumpkins
November- Turkey Tunes turkey feathers (I put up a large
turkey body, and students add their musical feathers.)
December- O Christmas Tree paper ornaments (I put large,
green Christmas trees up. Students decorate with their musical
January- Let is Snow! (snowflakes)
February- We Love Music (hearts)
March- Hop into Music (bunnies)
April- A Shower of Music (raindrops) I put up a large umbrella
above the board.
May- Music is in Full Bloom (flowers)
June- Time to Celebrate (balloons)
The student's work is really beautiful. I'll be taking
pictures this year! It may sound like it could be disruptive
to the rest of the class, but it really isn't. We just keep
working while they're are putting things up.