Here's a flashback to Back to School time! I never got to post all the activities we did at the beginning of the year. Here is one of my favorites.
I had been on the search for motivational quote posters that were appropriate for my fifth graders. My second grade ones seemed too "little" for them and all I could find were ones that belonged in a high school classroom. Then I came across Doodle Art Alley. They have educational, motivational, and inspirational quotes "doodled" just waiting to be filled in. I found almost enough quotes for my entire class. I doubled up on my favorites.
I was soo impressed with how hard the students worked on these and how beautiful they turned out. They worked for DAYS on these. My second graders would have been done in 10 minutes! After they finished coloring, the students partnered up to discuss what they thought the quote meant and how it could apply to our classroom and their learning.
We then glued them onto black construction paper, which really made their bright colors pop. The posters are now hanging at the front of the room, above the white board where they can all see them. Of course I don't have a picture of that, but it looks great! I am so glad that I wasn't able to find a poster at the store and used this activity instead. So much more meaningful in my classroom.
Looking for more ideas for the beginning of the year? Check out my Back-to-School board!