Well, maybe not a pro. But you get the idea. lol! Hey teaching friends! I took my youngest to his first grade Open House the other night and I loved how inviting his new teacher’s room was from top to bottom. It was fun and functional.
One thing I noticed was that she had some really cute chalkboard quotes around the room – and that my sloppy handwriting would have never been able to recreate them! Or could I??????
Turns out anyone can make a master chalkboard display even if freehand is not your thing! Check it out!
First, grab your supplies: Chalkboard of choice, chalk, a pen (preferably with a cap), and some washi tape.
Next, create or print off your favorite quote.
Now, you could also make this a number of the week. Or a problem of the day. Maybe a journal question? It is completely up to you!
Just as an FYI: I tried this 2 different ways: one where the writing was facing me and one where I flipped the design as a mirror image on my computer before printing and then was able to lay that upside down on the board.
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From my own personal experience? Use the option where you just standard print it and the words are facing upwards towards you. MUCH easier.
Now – grab your paper template and rub some chalk on the BACK side of the paper. Flip over and place so it’s facing the chalkboard. Use some washi tape to lightly secure so it doesn’t move on you.
Then, grab your pen and use the pen cap to trace over anything you want transferred onto the board. Press hard to as much of the chalk shows up and you have a clear image.
When you pull up the paper (carefully), it will be light, but definitely able to be seen.
Last up: Use the chalk to go over the image again and to brighten it up.
Hang or set out and you are good to go – with no one the wiser that you had a little help along the way.
If you are using colored chalk, you can even go over the traced part with that – the tracing is pretty light, so it will easily be able to be covered with different chalk colors.
This would be a nice weekly update to the room when you are looking for a change here and there – and I bet the students would love to see a new quote each week too!
Maybe even do a quote from a book and run a trivia contest to see who knows which book.
Have fun and we would love to see your chalkboard creations on Organized Classroom on Facebook too!
See you there,