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Spring Forward with Classroom Cork Boards

School may still be in session, but winter is nearly over! If you're looking for a few ideas to refresh your classroom and get students excited for summer holidays, these 5 cork board classroom designs are a great place to start.

1. Who's Here Today

Keep students excited every morning with a fun way to check in for the day. Using cork board, each student can place their name in the "Our Class" section by tacking it to the board. Easily rotate daily class specials by pinning the current activity to the board. This fabric covered corkboard is a great foundation for creating your ideal "Who's here?" bulletin board that will make kids excited for attendance every morning.

2. How's the Weather

As the chilly winter months finally come to an end, opportunities to teach more types of weather and the days of the week grow exponentially! Corkboard makes it easy to update the weekly weather, giving students an opportunity to learn both the days of the week and the weather outside their classroom windows. Laminate each weather type (sunny, partly cloudy, pouring rain, etc) and place a magnet or velcro sticker on the back. With tacks holding the weather calendar to the cork board, students can easily take turns sticking the different types of weather to their calendar.

3. What are the Classroom Jobs

With so many willing happy helpers in your classroom, it may become difficult to decide who will help with what each day. Keep it fair and organized by displaying classroom jobs on a cork board! This specific design was made using yarn, clothes pins with tacks glued to the back to attach to the corkboard, name cards for each student, and small clear folders with each job description. Natural Tan corkboards offer a great tack surface with the flexibility of painting your frame, adding fabric, or displaying your students' job envelopes.

4. Where in the World Have You Been

Studying geography? Students already excited about summer vacation trips? Make your classroom map more interactive using cork board! By covering cork board with a map and border, you can invite students to place pins on the locations they've already travelled, places they'll be visiting during their break, or discuss their cultures, religions, and geographic differences.

5. Push Pin Poetry

Take your Language Arts and Reading Classes to the next level with Push Pin Poetry! Cover your corkboard with paper or fabric, tack paper cups to the boards, fill them with cut out words, and allow your students to pick and choose pieces for their own poems. Try using words students are less familiar with and see how well students work separately or together to solve what the words mean and how they can be used in each of their poems.

Create the Cork Board Classroom Every Teacher Envies

These 5 ideas are just a few ways to keep students entertained and engaged as the weather warms up for spring and summer. Hopefully one of these ideas inspires your students to learn some unique lessons using cork board and gets them excited for the rest of their school year.

Images by The Tattooed Teacher, Imperfect Home Making, Lessons with Laughter, Door Decs Tumblr, and Resident Life Crafts Tumblr.