Turn Your Bulletin Board into a Pocket Chart!

A few years ago, I was blessed with a classroom that had a bulletin board half the length of the classroom. I remember looking at it, wide-eyed, simultaneously thinking This is AWESOME! and What am I going to do with all that?

One afternoon when I was cutting apart miles of laminated materials, it occurred to me that I could use it to make "pockets" on my bulletin board. It's really easy! 

If you are allowed, just run some lamination film through. (You can also save the "extras" that are always at the start of your film.)  Cut it into strips that are approximately the same length and width. I just eyeballed it, but if you want to be really precise, you could measure it! 

Next, staple the left/bottom/right sides to your bulletin board. This will create the "pocket" that you are looking for! 

This method works great for any bulletin board that you like to change out frequently. It works perfectly for my Reading Vocabulary board because the words change weekly. On Mondays, my kids do a Draw It! center to practice their new vocabulary words. I can easily add the new words onto the board. The "old" vocabulary words are added to the metal ring and hung on a push pin.

There are so many ways the kids can use these throughout the year. They can alphabetize, review the definitions and sentences in context, or even review words with friends. The bulletin board is interactive and can be used all year long! (Those are my favorite kind!)

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