It’s time to create custom clip art bulletin boards. First, find images for the concept you’re teaching. Second, determine captions. Finally, open PowerPoint and get started.
Ms. Sneed Creates a Clip Art Bulletin Board
“I’d like to make a snappy bulletin board for my sound unit,” Ms. Sneed told her teacher friend.
Mrs. Abdullah smiled. “Say no more. You know I’m the queen of scrapbooking. Therefore, I’m also the queen of clip art bulletin boards.”
Choosing the Clip Art
As she walked over to the computer, Mrs. Abdullah motioned to Ms. Sneed. “Come on. Let’s get started.”
Mrs. Abdullah typed in Teachers pay Teachers then searched sound clip art. “Here you go! Take a look. What sparks your interest?”
Choosing a Focal Point
“I love these cute kids with the cup phone,” said Ms. Sneed.
“Maybe you can use them as a focal point.” Mrs. Abdullah paused for a few moments. “I know! One can be on the left side of the bulletin board and one can be on the right. You can attach a real string to the cups and hang your title from it!” Her eyes shone in excitement.
“Wait a minute,” Ms. Sneed said. “These kids are in the same image.”
“Watch this!” Mrs. Abdullah opened PowerPoint. She went to Page Setup and chose a custom size: 7.5 x 10. “This way, it will print on 8.5 x 11 paper,” she explained.
With a few clicks and drags, she inserted the image on a slide then enlarged it so only the girl was visible on the page. Then she copied the slide and rearranged the image so only the boy was visible.
Creating a Title
“Now for the title. First we’ll insert a shape.” Mrs. Abdullah quickly added a rounded rectangle. She changed the color to match the cup. Then she resized to 3.2″ x 3.7″ and added a text box.
“These shapes are wider than they are tall,” she said. “I’ll just turn the text box so the letter can be taller than wide.” Ms. Sneed watched as her friend clicked on the small circle above the text box and rotated it 90 degrees.
“I really like Arial Rounded MT, and it needs to be big.” Mrs. Abdullah chose the font, typed 200 into the font size box, and hit return.
“I didn’t know you could do that!” exclaimed Ms. Sneed.
Mrs. Abdullah grinned. “Now we’ll center the letter and change the color to white.” She happily clicked away. Ms. Sneed watched as she selected the shape, held down the command key, and selected the letter. Then she went to the Arrange menu and grouped the two. Next, she selected the group. Finally, she copied and pasted it five times. After arranging the shapes on the page, Mrs. Abdullah changed the letters to spell sound. “Since we have one left over, we’ll add an exclamation point!”
Writing the Captions
“Let’s choose some clip art for the remaining visuals,” said Ms. Sneed.
“Hold your horses,” Mrs. Abdullah replied. “Before you even think about pictures, let’s write the captions. What concepts would you like to reinforce?”
“Hmm. My sound unit focuses on six concepts.” Ms. Sneed picked up a pencil and jotted a list:
- Sound is a vibration.
- Sound travels in waves.
- Amplitude depends on amount of energy.
- Pitch is determined by frequency.
- Soft materials insulate; hard materials conduct.
- Sound travels fastest through solids and slowest through gases.
Mrs. Abdullah created a new slide in the PowerPoint presentation. First, she inserted a rectangle and enlarged it to fill the page. Second, she chose a black shape outline with no fill. “I like having a border,” she explained. She added a text box at the top, selected the font, and changed the size to 48.
After typing in the first concept, Mrs. Abdullah simply duplicated the slide and replaced it with the second concept. Soon, she had created slides for all of the concepts.
Adding Clip Art
“Now we can add clip art,” Mrs. Abdullah said.
The two teachers worked together to choose and position clip art to best explain each concept.
Clip Art Bulletin Boards Match Learning
More Bulletin Boards
That year, Ms. Sneed experimented with different types of bulletin boards. For her light unit, she cut up trade books and asked students to read the wall. During the sound unit, she got creative with clip art. When the thermal energy unit rolled around, she added a liquid crystal sheet for an interactive bulletin board. Yes, Ms. Sneed was on a roll. She created a light-up electricity board, as well as a plant display with growing seeds. Our favorite fourth grade teacher was truly enjoying teaching.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Sneed realized that there were 6 steps to enjoy teaching. In order to survive, she had to organize, plan, and simplify. Then, to thrive, Ms. Sneed needed to learn, engage, and finally – dive in! Follow the Fabulous Teaching Adventures of Ms. Sneed and learn how you can enjoy teaching too.