Bulletin Board & Activity Designs that Fit Kids to a Tee!

Decorate your classroom door or nearby bulletin board with Name Tag T-shirts; one for each new student this year.

Decorate your classroom door or nearby bulletin board with Name Tag T-shirts; one for each new student this year.

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers!

If you’re in a “Start Back to School” mode, this post is for you…

…colorful and fun new bulletin board designs with graphics that can double as student handouts and activity sheets.

Bulletin Board & Activity Designs that Fit Kids to a Tee! is perfect for busy teachers seeking eye-catching ways to:

  • welcome new students
  • get important messages across, like “No Bullying In School”
  • help kids stay focused and on task in class
  • motivate children to embrace learning
  • reward students for work well done

What’s more iconic in children’s school attire than T-shirts?

These multi-functional bulletin board and activity designs all feature T-shirts that fit kids to a tee.

Welcome! – Try a new take on name tags for your students this year. In addition to posting names for all to see on your classroom door or nearby bulletin board, include a warm greeting above each name on T-shirt shapes. Welcome in any language is a power word with a pleasing punch.

Access a T-shirt design online to print or buy T-shirt shapes in a teachers’ supply store. Add the word Welcome! Print copies on colored paper to distribute to your class. Invite kids to write their names on the line below the word Welcome!

I ♥ No Bullying is a message that suits all kids to a tee!

I ♥ No Bullying is a message that suits all kids to a tee!

Suggest that students take the Welcome! sheets home to post near where they will do homework this term.

No Bullying In School – The message is by no means new, but creating a bulletin board with I ♥ No Bullying T-shirts is a new way to communicate this important rule.

Make copies of your I ♥ No Bullying T-shirt for every child in your class.

Advise students that writing their names on their I ♥ No Bullying T-shirts is a promise to never bully and to notify an adult if they see bullying in school or on the playground.

In an age-appropriate manner, instruct students to write ways that they can help prevent bullying on the backs of their I ♥ No Bullying T-shirt sheets.

T-shirts  for teaching come in more designs here. Read on…

Staying on task fits you to a tee can be a reminder or a reward for paying attention.

Staying on task fits you to a tee can be a reminder or a reward for paying attention.

Staying on task fits you to a tee! – As a new school term gets underway, help kids learn to stay focused and on task in class with this attention-getting T-shirt design.

Use this T-shirt as a bulletin board design, posting T-shirts with every student’s name on a colorful classroom space.

Kids love T-shirts! Invite them to design one for learning this year.

Kids love T-shirts! Invite them to design one for learning this year.

Counter unwanted behavior or reward paying attention by printing copies of this T-shirt design as an activity sheet for class distribution.

Staying on task fits you to a tee! is a gentle but clear enough message to share when kids seem distracted.

The same message can also be a note of congratulations for paying better attention in class.

T-Shirts Designs for Learning  – Teachers have curricula to follow, but what do our students WANT to learn this term?

Tape or glue a blank white T-shirt to a sheet with a header that reads, “What’s your design for learning this year? Decorate your own T-shirt to show it.”

Distribute copies; ask kids to write their names, design and color the T-shirts.

Post students’ work on a bulletin board with a header that reads, “T-Shirt Designs for Learning This Year.”

Being Smart Fits You to A Tee! – 

Reward students with a T-shirt design that applauds being smart.

Reward students with a T-shirt design that applauds being smart.

What better way to reward students than to publicize their good work.

When your class has achieved an academic milestone, distribute copies of this T-shirt design. Ask kids to write their names and color the T-shirts with LIGHT colored crayons so as not to cover the print.

Post students’ work on a bulletin board with a header that reads, “My Smart Students.” Well deserved praise fits all kids to a tee.

Remember, you don’t need to be a magician to work magic in any instructional setting!

Please send comments about ways you’ve used T-shirts for teaching.

Talk with you again soon,

Barbara The Lovable Poet

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Barbara Cleary has been serving as a resource to hundreds of educators for more than 25 years. An award-winning writer, producer, teacher, and trainer, Barbara’s focus is on offering easy, fun tools and tricks that support K-5 curricula and assist teachers with classroom management.
Quick tips for common classroom conundrums: K-5
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