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March 18, 2019

Quick Teaching Tip: Bulletin Board of Read Alouds

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

I LOVE reading aloud to my students! I read them a story or at least a chapter everyday, no excuses! To show what we have read, I created a little display that students see every time they leave the classroom. It looks like a little bookshelf. (Background is bulletin board paper. The "shelves" are borders that look like students reading.) I take the books and type the name of the book and author onto generic templates I created to look like book spines. My helper of the day colors the book spine, cuts it out, and then it gets added to the shelf. (Alternate: Cut strips of construction paper and write the names of books on them.)

This may look a little messy and not uniform but my students enjoy it! We can reflect on past books and see how reading a little each day makes such a HUGE difference in our lives. I also like that my students are actively participating in putting the bookshelf together. 

Want to try this with your class? Email me at for a FREE editable copy of my book spines. Please know that these are definitely not the fanciest or most professional looking, but they work for my students and me!

What is your favorite teaching tip?

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