Character Education

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Bulletin Board Ideas for
Character Education

Here are some great ideas for Character Education bulletin boards submitted by ProTeacher visitors! Click on the photos at left for larger views and descriptions! See below for more ideas!


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bulletin board idea
By: Jennifer

This is a very pretty eye-catching idea that I used last year. Put up the words "What makes a good friend?" Then have the students write what they think makes a good friend on scratch paper for you to edit. Have them copy from the board the sentence starter: A good friend is someone who... After editing, have the students copy their ideas onto paper rainbows. I used a pad of large rainbow paper with kids printed on it I found in a teacher store. Put up their writings along with pics of the students doing friend activities. My students posed with their arms around each other's shoulders, helping each other pack up their book bags, pushing each other on the swings outside, etc. When it was all put up together, it was pretty and adorable. The parents liked reading the rainbows and looking at the pics on Back to School Night.


Self-Esteem Board
By: Carol

I have a board that I call "Self-Esteem Board" I use my digital camera, take pictures of my RS students, usually two a week, then all the other RS students write something positive about the students on the board. After their pictures and the writings come down, each student makes a self-esteem poster with his/her picture and all the writings.


drug bulletin board
By: Jo

We did a piece of plywood actually, but it would work on a bulletin board too, but we did paint handprints and had each child sign their handprint with their name and the date. Then the heading is "Hands Off Drugs We pledge to be drug free!" Then we also have a Hats Off to Drugs Day at school when the kids can wear their hats all day at school. Several times throughout the year we have special Drug Free days with special events.


Bulletin Board
By: Missouri

For my bulletin board this month, I'm tying in manners with the Valentine theme. The caption is "Manners are the key to anyone's heart!" Each student will receive a picture of a large key. (I got the pattern from pg. 20 in the 1999-2000 Primary Mailbox yearbook.) Each student will write their name on the key and cut it out. Mount the key on a piece of construction paper. On the construction paper, have the student write something having to do with manners. Ex. Raise your hand to speak. Use a large heart lock with a key for added decoration.


Character counts: other great read-aloud books and bulletin boards...
By: Schoolbox

My favorites are "The Giving Tree" (Shel Silverstein), "The Rainbow Fish" (Marcus Pfister--sp.) and "Andrew's Angry Words." These books can help serve as springboards for discussions of desirable character traits such as kindness, generosity, and friendship.

Here are suggested learning/bulletin board activities to follow the first two books. The Giving Tree: Create a classroom's "giving tree" with butcher paper and pass out leaves for student to write what they can "give" to the class (tangible and intangible things such as helping friends in need, sharing supplies, being a good friend...). Glue the leaves onto the tree and headline it "The Tree of Friendship." The Rainbow Fish--Perhaps after the children get to know each other a little bit better: Make a large fish out and many colorful "scales" with construction paper. Make enough smaller white scales for each child. Scales should be large enough for students to write a sentence. Have students pick out a another student's name randomly from a jar/index cards and then write kind and encouraging words (or best attribute) about that student. Glue student work/white scales on top of the colorful scales. Glue the colorful scales to the fish. Decorate it with some silver/aluminum foil scales and plastic wiggle eye.


Puzzle Bulletin Board
By: Elaine

There's an old Mailbox Magazine article that shows how to make puzzle pieces to fit 4 X 4 bulletin board. You prepare the pieces cut from tagboard/poster board, give one piece to each student to colorfully personalize in some way that tells about them, put the pieces together on the bulletin board. I've can't remember the original suggested title for the board, but my goal was to emphasize cooperation, so I used "When we work together, all the pieces fit!"


respect Bulletin Board
By: Avery

Just saw this post today- but it might be helpful in the future.

How about a creative writing project? 1. Fold heavy paper in half (hot dog styleŚlongways) 2. have the kids colorfully write RESPECT on the top and their name in the corner. 3. Inside write what respect means to them--urge them to be specific, i.e. When I say "yes, ma'am I'm showing respect" or "When I am asked to do something instead of told to do it I feel respected". 4. Title of board--be like Aretha--"R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me!"


Hanging out with Good values
By: lynn

I have seen a bulletin board that says "Hanging out with Good Values" There are different clothes hanging from a clothes line with the different aspects of character education. Maybe you could do something like..."Hanging onto Respect" and have monkeys hanging onto tree limbs that can be labels with different ways to respect someone.


Friendship bulletin board
By: Marci

Have you ever heard of glyphs? A glyph is a way to convey personal information about yourself or a friend through a picture. Then the children use a legend to find out about the other person. For example, one of my favorites is a glyph called, "Face It, We're Cute! The children create a face about themselves. The features on the face are determined by personal characteristics. (Hair color--Blue if birthday is in Jan., Feb., March or April. Red if birthday is in May, June, July or August) Eye color--Black "I like reading the most, Blue-- I like math the most)... Nose is a shape determined by the type of house the child lives in.

This turns out to be a face of facts of the child that created it. The students then write 3 clues about themselves on a note card (clue card) and the other children use a legend to decide which face belongs to each child. It is really fun! You can probably find a glyph book at your local book store.


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