Soon classrooms and hallways will host bulletin boards with a Thanksgiving theme. Thanksgiving bulletin boards should be attractive and adorned with a bounty of fall colors and Thanksgiving symbols, but Thanksgiving bulletins boards shouldn’t be a cornucopia of work for teachers or take as long as it does to defrost a frozen turkey. Thanksgiving bulletin boards, like all others, should offer students a chance to participate and practice worthwhile skills and show off their own creativity. Ideally a bulletin board will also offer learning for the students who admire it as well.
Here are some Thanksgiving bulletin boards from an experienced and creative teacher that offer learning opportunities across the curriculum. This is turkey business, not monkey business, so forget the busy work of everybody’s is the same coloring pages and give kids a chance to enjoy a feast of learning and creativity while they create unique Thanksgiving bulletin boards.
Fraction Turkey Thanksgiving Bulletin Boards
Cute turkeys adorned with colorful tail feathers often adorn Thanksgiving bulletin boards. Why not give the process some meaning and some math skills practice too? Choose numbers for denominators. For example let’s use 9, 10, 11 and 12. Create strips of paper with fractions such as 3/9, 5/10, 2/11 or 9/12. Now choose a magical math color such as red. Give all students a math fraction and have them create a Thanksgiving turkey craft that will illustrate their fraction.
For example, a student who is given the fraction of 3/9 will create a turkey with 3 red feathers and 6 feathers of various other colors. Under each fraction turkey that hung on the Thanksgiving bulletin board, have the students write a number, one through (how many every turkeys there are).
Now you have a fun math lesson as well. Let students number their paper and write down the fraction for each turkey. You have an interesting Thanksgiving bulletin board, a hands on fractions lesson, an art project and finally a written fraction practice review that’s much more fun than another work sheet. Everyone can be thankful.