Displays are a way of aiding and encouraging children in their learning process. Displays can be used as an educational tool to show key concepts or words that are used in the different units of study. Children should be allowed to participate in the brainstorming process of a display board to promote new and innovative ideas. Teachers can include children in the decorative process by having them make crafts or designs to contribute to the display.
Encourage scientific vocabulary in the classroom by creating a decorative display. Brainstorm the scientific vocabulary that is being used in a unit and create a display for it. For example, if children are learning about force, design a display using magnets and springs for artistic effect. Use construction paper to cut out red horseshoe shapes, small grey squares and yellow lightening bolts. Glue the grey squares to the ends of the red horseshoes to create magnets. On a display board, staple the magnets with the lightening bolts coming from the tips. At the end of each lightening bolt, post a vocabulary word, such as repulsion, compression or stretching. Write or type the words on coloured construction paper and staple it to the board. Make springs to pop off the board using thin lines of construction paper. Curl the paper by twirling it around a pencil. Staple these mini-springs onto the display board.
Colours of the World
This display board can be placed anywhere inside a school to encourage cultural and language awareness. You will need red, yellow, green, orange, blue and purple construction paper. Cut the paper into cloud shapes or pinwheels. Use a permanent marker to write the colour of the paper in English in the centre. On the outside of the clouds, place coloured rectangles. In each rectangle write a language such as French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish and Portuguese. Under each language, write the corresponding colour in that language. For example, the word red in French is "rouge." Use languages that represent the cultural cohort of the schools to involve students in the display process.
Monster math is a display that encourages children to reflect on their numeracy skills. Use the characters from a famous children's movie to engage students in the math content displayed on the wall. Use dialogue bubbles to have the monsters explain a math concept or explain a problem. Post an enlarged number chart from 1 to 100 in the display. Use the math concepts being learnt in that grade to inspire innovative decorations. For example, a second grade class might be learning about patterns. Create a patterned border of the monsters to encourage the children to reflect on alternating shapes and numbers when making patterns.