Struggling to figure what your back-to-school theme will be? Well, we asked teachers to submit their best back-to-school bulletin board ideas to Facebook , and we received hundreds of great submissions! Check out some of the best, along with our other favorites from around the web, below and be inspired. Make this your best back-to-school time ever!
1. Coming Soon
“This is my clipboard wall. It’s so easy to quickly display student work.” —Samantha M.
2. Wanted Posters
Saddle up for a year of rootin’-tootin’ fun with this clever idea from Bunting, Books, & Bright Ideas.
3. Classroom Goals
All the kids get involved in this one, writing on their individual cactus. Good idea, Amy M.
4. Fill Another Bucket
SOURCE: Montclair Education Association
This is such a sweet way to promote kindness in the classroom. You can make your own buckets out of foam!
5. A Warm Welcome
SOURCE: Kristen’s Kaboodle
A great way to start every day in a positive way.
6. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
SOURCE: Mrs. Kiswardy’s Class
This one is similar to the idea from above, but it incorporates a mirror. So clever, using ordinary objects!
7. Guess Who?
SOURCE: 2nd Grade in the City
You can either gather facts about your students ahead of time or have them help you make this the first week of school. You can also do a staff one, and students will love trying to guess!
8. Map It Out
SOURCE: Really Good Stuff
This is a reading theme, but you could actually use maps throughout the classroom for an easy theme. Need old maps? Hit your local used book store, thrift store, or just ask friends online.
9. Make It Interactive
SOURCE: Cuties and Cooties
This is one of our favorite interactive bulletin boards because it really encourages kids to get involved. This teachers uses it for display, which changes regularly.
10. Use All the Colors
SOURCE: Katie Plus 4
This is such a creative (and big) bulletin board. Plus, you can switch out the message throughout the year.
11. Away We Go
Love this adorable design from Kings River-Hardwick Preschool.
12. Reading Is a Superpower
Reading and superheroes. Yes, please. Thanks, Deirdre T.
13. Wonder Wall
Speaking of superheroes, how about this wonderful board from Jessica W. on Pinterest?
14. Paint Sample Geniusness
SOURCE: Cacti and Sunshine Creations
Yes, this bulletin board was created from paint samples. We love it so much. So creative.
15. Chicka Chicka Awesome Room
A nod to a great book. Great idea, Holle B.
16. The Power of Yet
This bulletin board shows students it’s okay to be a work in progress. Thanks, Teresa J.
17. Seek and Find
Have students (and teachers) draw themselves. Then each week post a new person to find! A really cool idea from Art at Three Creeks.
18. Summer Travels
“Teachers and students can fill out a paper telling what travels they did this summer. Then I add it to the board and put a piece of yarn from their paper to where they visited.” —Amanda Y.
19. Adventure Begins Here
Nicholas S. is ready for an adventure with his design.
20. Blooming Board
Colorful 3-D flowers and a welcoming message in a lovely font make this board a pleasure to look at. Learn how to make the flowers at Art, Craft, & Bulletin Board Ideas by Manisha.
21. Let the Math Learning Begin
SOURCE: Activity After Math
If you’re a teacher who likes to dive right in with curriculum, this might be the board for you.
22. Soar to New Heights
SOURCE: Two Peas in a Primary Pod
What a gorgeous bulletin board! Students will love taking their photo in front of these beautiful wings. It’ll get them started off to have a great year.
23. Borrowing from Scrabble
“I know I broke a few Scrabble rules, but oh well.” —Anastasia E.
24. Fire It Up
“This really has the students fired up for fifth grade.” —Jessica C.
25. Hunger Boards
This board was originally created by Celia F. for her dorm, but wouldn’t it be great in an English classroom?
26. Marvelous and Magnifico
“This was my board from last year, showing all my students. M&M stands for marvelous and magnifico here.” —Ana M.
27. A Llama Welcome
SOURCE: Eva’s Resource Corner
Is the list really complete without a llama option? We think not!
28. Ready for a Selfie
“This selfie frame is ready to document the important events of this year.” —Stella F.
29. Practically Perfect
That Mary Poppins silhouette makes this board as sweet as a spoonful of sugar. Learn how to make one at Creativity to the Core.
30. Throwing Kindness
“Students helped us create the confetti, and we’ve had so many comments about the good message.” —Jeannie W.
31. Be a Bookworm
“Students fill out a paper telling about their favorite book they read this summer and give it a star rating. I’ll be adding to the board as suggestions come in.” —Amanda Y.
32. Chew It Over
You may not allow gum in the classroom, but you’ll want to make an exception for this charming board by Doodle Bugs Teaching.
33. What Makes You Special?
“For this bulletin board, students created a personality assessment and then a name tag with a list of their I AM statements. It gives students ownership of the room right away.” —Candace R.
34. Like Boom
Give them something to believe in right from the start.
35. Ladybug Love
Seeing spots can be a good thing, as this adorable ladybug board from Melissa W. on Pinterest proves!
36. In the Genes
“We are doing a cross-curricular project about DNA. Here’s the board the teachers I work with did to welcome our students. Each of our students wrote their first name within the DNA strands.” —Kyle S.
37. Shoot for the Moon
It’s a simple message and brilliant design from Erin S.
38. A Board With a Twist
This playful board was part of a board-game classroom theme by Mrs. Shininger’s Blog, but it could stand on its own just fine.
39. Chalkboard Conversion
“I turned my chalkboard into a big bulletin board.” —Abbie L.
40. Celebrating With S’mores
A great design and message on this bulletin board from Stephanie N.
41. Oz-some Adventures
Any class would be over the rainbow to see this colorful and clever board by The Mall-ards!
42. Welcome to Starbooks
“This isn’t done yet, but my students will decorate their own book spine from their favorite book to put on the shelves of this board.” —Kelly N.
43. The Places You’ll Go
Stephanie N. made her entire wall leading into her classroom a bulletin board. Can you find Thing 1 and Thing 2?
44. Seuss It Up
Rhyme your way to a year of learning with this simple but fun board by Saylor’s Log.
45. Start Dreaming
Julie A. used a quote from Neil Gaiman for inspiration on this reading bulletin board.
46. Rainbow of Possibilities
This bulletin board from Jolene O. sends a great message.
47. Have a Blast!
Explode into the new year with this attention-grabbing volcano board.
48. Celebrate the Scientific Method
A++ for creativity. From Suzie G.
49. Doorway to Learning
Welcome students to your classroom, where they can be anything and learn everything. Created by Lessons With Learning.
50. Gearing up for Success
When you’re in gear for a good year, try this idea from Bridget P.
51. Time to Get Messy
If your school does uniforms, then try this idea from Louise J.
52. The Sharpest Bunch
Create cacti with tissue paper for this idea from Angela G.
53. Libraries Love You Too
Even the library books (and librarians) can get in on the act!
54. Selfie Station
Have students draw their own selfies or snap them with your camera. Either way, this bright board by Differentiated Kindergarten will be a hit!
55. Another Kind of Selfie
A whole new meaning of selfie. Thanks for the idea, Jennifer L.
56. Time for Blast Off
Ready for blast off, thanks to Antwan W.
Jeanne W. is getting ready for talk like a pirate day in September.
58. 180 Opportunities
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Students and teachers both have 180 opportunities each school year, so make every moment matter! This is my welcome back bulletin board outside our classroom. Tomorrow is Meet the Teacher and I want my students to know together we are going to take every opportunity to change the world! Type: bit.ly/180schooldays #makeeverydaycount #togetherwecanmakeadifference #BoardBattleEntry
Set the stage for all the incredible experiences to come in the days ahead.
59. Who Am I?
Students will get to know each other in no time flat when you post this board with self-portraits and identifying clues. Get the how-to from The Thinker Builder.
60. Team Effort
If you have a sporty group, try this idea from Alicia M.
61. Super Teacher
The teacher is the star in this idea from Paula B.
62. Wild About the Arts
Create your own lovable monsters with this idea from Ellen S.
63. Pac-Man Inspiration
This is a great way to recruit new members. Good idea, Rachell B.
64. Why I Teach
This is a fantastic board to post in the main hallway to help parents and students get to know the teachers. What a great idea, Victoria D.!
65. Creating a Future
Sometimes all you need is a powerful message, like this one from Dulce E.
66. Garden of Learning
It’s easy to create flowers. We love this idea from Jessi B.
67. Ode to the National Parks
Ms. Embry has a national parks theme, so she made a bulletin board to match.
68. Going Places With Reading
Small bulletin board? No worries—add a bench like Julie W. did.
69. Escape to Narnia
“My weekly vocabulary list will be going on here. Many hours went into this.” —Melanie Shank
70. Super Stars
Watch little faces light up when you welcome them to your classroom with this shining idea by Miss Wells Kinder Stars.
71. Whoo Loves Owls?
Create a giant tree, and the owls will do the rest of the work in this idea from Ashley F.
72. Unleash Your Hero
“I’m excited for our superhero theme this year.” —Amanda F.
73. All the Emotions
Get students involved in creating this unique emoji-inspired design from Nancy L.
74. May the Scores Be With You
“High school students did this bulletin board.” —Julie A.
75. Latte to Learn
Amanda W. knows her audience with this design for eighth graders.
76. Are You Ready?
A little aluminum foil makes this board a perfect reflection of exciting things to come. Shared by Mrs. Wills’ Kindergarten.
77. Remembering With Memes
“I did this one last year with different memes.” —Melanie K.
78. Emojin the Possibilities
Emojis and a pun at the same time! Thanks, Jane S.
79. Even More Seuss
There’s never enough Dr. Seuss, right, Becca H.?
80. Looking Ahead
A great middle school message from Jen D.
81. AVID Skills Are Important
A good AVID message from Jen D.
We’d love to hear your back-to-school bulletin board ideas as well! Come share your photos in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.
Plus, take a look at all of our bulletin board ideas here.