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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Math and Phonics Incorporated into One Bulletin Board

So April was here which meant my March themed bulletin board really needed to be changed! I knew our Family and Friends Night was coming up so I wanted to find a bulletin board idea that would incorporate several of the things we had been learning lately.
I decided to include both math and phonics on the same cute board. Here's how we did it:

Our first step was to make our fact family umbrellas. I copied the umbrella and raindrop patterns from my Carson Dellosa Bulletin Board book. (This has to be one of the best purchases I have ever made. I use it all the time.)

I gave each of my students the three numbers they would use for their fact family. I wrote the numbers on small sticky notes and put them on each student's desk. The students wrote the three numbers on the large umbrella piece. Then they wrote the four related facts on the raindrops.

I let them trace over their numbers and facts with a marker before coloring the umbrella. Finally they each carefully cut out their umbrella and raindrops.

Finally I taped the raindrops under the umbrella using blue yarn to connect them all together.

 A couple of days later, we worked on our phonics flowers for the second half of our bulletin board. I found a simple flower template in my huge stash of clipart. (It was actually an interactive notebook template from The Candy Class.) I enlarged the flower pattern and photocopied enough for each student to have one.

Next I wrote some of the phonics sounds we have been practicing on the board. Under each sound, we brainstormed words had that sound in them. I wanted to do this as a class because it can be hard for students to spell similar sounds correctly. (For example: care belongs with are, not air.) Once we had thought of five words for each phonics sound, I had my students write the five words on the petals of their flower. (I had already written the sounds on the center of each flower.)

Finally they colored and cut out the flowers.  

I captioned the display April Showers Bring May Flowers. Not only was this the perfect way to incorporate both the umbrellas and the flowers, but it means that I can leave my board up for the rest of April and into May. Win-win for me!

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