October and Halloween Bulletin Board Ideas
October Bulletin Boards
Our October Bulletin Board Ideas page will provide you with great resources for a number of monthly events, holidays and themes. Our bulletin boards will help you integrate seasonal activities into your daily curriculum. Ideas within the October bulletin board pages include resources for the following: fall, Halloween, bats, spiders, and harvest.
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The iWall! Grades Various
Are the iPod Shuffle, iPod Touch and even the iPad just too small? Well now we are pleased to release the new iWall!
This can be used as either a door decoration or a bulletin board. In the photo you will see a number of “play on words” when it comes to the various applications. Feel free to use your favorite apps! If you would like to use some or all of the items you see in the photo, we have provided you the files to download and print. If you are interested in customizing your display, we have also included the directions on how to create the app icons and labels.
- Cover the entire door with a sheet of black paper. Taking pieces of packing tape from the edge of your paper to the inside part of the door will help better secure the paper.
- Take a large sheet of white paper and mark off 5” sections. Cut the paper into long strips. (This will be the edge of the iPad.) If you have a larger or smaller door, you may want to adjust the size of your iPad edge.
- Holding one of your strips up to the corner of your door and trace the curve you want to cut for each corner.
- Secure the white strips to the door, cutting and adjusting as needed.
- The size of your door will determine the size of your power button. Use either a compass or round object to trace your button. Add the power symbol and attach to door.
Creating the Application Labels (For MSWord) - Download ours here
- Open a new document and change your margins to .4”.
- Click on Insert and select Word Art. I used the style that is in the very upper-left corner.
- Once word inserts your Word Art, type in the name of the application.
- Highlight the text you just typed and change the outline of the lettering to black. (Keep the font highlighted for the next several steps.)
- You will now want to use the Text Highlight Color feature and highlight the text with black.
- Change the font style to Franklin Gothic Medium.
- In the photo, I used a font size of 85. If you have longer-named applications, you may need to make the letters a little smaller.
- You can copy and paste your application names, but you will need to redo Step 5 (the text highlighting) for each application.
- Print your application labels and attach them to the door.
Applications Used in Photo (click link to get to image, then right-click on the big image to print it)
* For the clock I did find some bone clip art to use for the minute and second hand.
Trick-or-Treat Data with a 21st Century Spin Grades Various
Prior to Trick-or-Treating, you will need to download and copy the Data Sheet. (You can also create your own.) You may also need to instruct students how to use tally marks when collecting data. Ask students to tally up their candy after they have completed their Trick-or-Treating. (Counting the tally marks can either be done then, or when they return to the classroom.) After students have counted their tally marks, they need to write the total number of that item in the last column. This will be the number that they enter when graphing on the computer. (Remind students that they need to include any categories that had a zero in their data.) The Data Sheet also includes lines for students to make statements about their data. (i.e. I received twice as many candy bars as boxed candy.)
Once your students have their data collected on their worksheet, they are ready for the computer. Depending on the age of your students and available software, you have a couple of different choices. You can use a basic program like Graph Club, or a more advanced program like Microsoft Excel. Either way, your students will be able to create great graphs displaying their information.
Submitted by: Jennifer
Batty About Reading Grades K-4
I had my students write about a book they had read. Some wrote summaries while others wrote about their favorite part. Next they transferred their story onto a bat pattern. My bulletin board said 'Batty about Reading'.
Submitted by: Michael ngaftc@email-removed
"Do These Ghosts Haunt You?" Grades Various
I cut out several ghosts and on each ghost I write a term that might keep children from doing their best. For example, forgetfulness, tardiness, off task, talking, unprepared, etc. My title for the bulletin board is, "Do These Ghosts Haunt You?"
Submitted by: Gail Dacus, Unity Elementary School LaGrange, GA
"Get Caught in A Good Book"
For October, I put up a large spider web (made of black yarn) and a huge spider bought at a craft store. My caption was "Get Caught in A Good Book"--The letters for "caught" were somewhat tangled up in the web!
Submitted by: Heather Randall heather_randallgreblunas@email-removed
Spiders and the Number 8 Grades K-1
This display provides students the opportunity to connect their learning to a real-life situation. Using blue construction paper and glitter, students create a spider web. (Prior to giving the supplies to students, draw your web on a separate piece of paper and then run the construction paper through the copier. This will mean that students need to follow the lines with their glue.) Use an Elison die cut to create your number 8's. You will also need to cut small pieces of black construction paper for the spider legs. Students glue these, along with the googly eyes, to the 8. Finally, students attach the spider to the web.
Submitted by: Jennifer
We haven TONS of FALL themed Bulletin Boards
Don't miss our MASSIVE selection of Halloween Ideas and Activities
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