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Bulletin Board Tips and Introduction
            Building Your Best Bulletin Board


Short Readers
     Structure - The Empire State Building (Short Reader; Grade 5-7 Readability)


Reading Comprehensions
     Building a House (Grades 1-3)
     Minerals - Building Blocks of Rocks (Grades 5-6)
     The Empire State Building (Grades 5-7)
     Building a Cathedral (Grades 5-7)
     Building a Lego World (Grades 5-7)
     Building an Empire (Grades 6-7)
     Burning of the Parliament Buildings (Grades 6-7)
     Building a Healthy Life (Grades 6-8)
     Building Our Nation’s Capital (Grades 6-8)
     Building a Better Mousetrap, Part 1 (Grades 7-8)
     Building a Better Mousetrap, Part 2 (Grades 7-8)
     History of the Empire State Building (Grades 7-9)


Finish the Story
     Building a Scarepeople (Grade 2-4)
     Building a Pizza (Grade 4)


Reader's Theater Scripts and Plays
     Building a New Park (Grades 3-5)


Read and Color Books
            Going Up? The Invention of the Elevator
            What is Spring?
            Spring on the Jones Farm
            Bears, Bubbles, and Boats
            It's Time for Spring!
            Ancient Greece Read and Color (PDF File)
            I'd Like to Be a Judge
            My Daddy Is a Fireman
            The Golden Door: Ellis Island
            A Tale of Two Brothers
            One Hundred Days of School
            It Snowed, So That is That!
            A Surprising Playmate (August 7)
            A Fairy Celebration (June 23)
            Stacy's Surprise Goes Pop! (March 23)
            Which Horse is Just Right? (December 9)
            Our Friends, the Birds (January 5)
            Labor Day (September 4)
            Introduction to March
            Clyde of the Desert


Reading Comprehension Lesson Ideas
    
Daily Themes
(Grades 1-2)
     9-11 Search Dogs
     Ellis Island Family History Day
     Not Even a Blizzard
     Oops~
     What Do They Build?
(Grades 3-5)
     "Texas Rose"
     1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
     A Hot Time in the Old Town
     Bathtub Time
     Blocks for All Ages
     Building Art
     Eiffel's Tower
     Hot! Hot! Hot!
     It's Not Easy Being Green
     James Oglethorpe
     Living on a Volcano
     Patter's Eggs
     Skyscraping Tower
     The "Lone Star" Is Not Lonely
     Tick, Tock! Eddie Gets a Clock
     Trading Buckets
     Working Like a Dog--Really?

Miscellaneous
(Grades 1-2)
     A Cell
(Grades 3-5)
     A House for Birds
     A New Life
     A Visit to the Dentist
     America's Library
     An E-mail from Tommy the Tornado
     Atoms
     Beverly Cleary
     Construction Workers
     Corn Snakes
     Donna the Donkey
     Earth Hour Power
     Giraffes
     Great Smoky Mountains National Park
     Hot Springs National Park
     Humor - The Power of Humor
     Limestone
     Look, but Don't Touch!
     Meet Dr. Dinosaur!
     Meet Maya From Mexico
     Michael Helps Ben at the Food Bank
     Mom, Can I Drink Salt Water?
     My Ears
     Mystery of the Letter
     Nature - Enjoy It, Care for It
     One Stitch, Two Stitch, Red, White, and Blue Stitch
     Progress - Slowly Making Progress
     Redwood National and State Parks
     Sand and Gravel
     Sand Castle Fun!
     Shenandoah National Park
     Thanks-Living
     The Bat Man
     The Center for Endangered Mythological Creatures
     The Drop Drill
     The Great Pyramid
     The Iroquois
     The Runaway Gingerbread Cookie Mystery
     What Are Earthquakes?
(Grades 6-8)
     A Brief History of Hygiene
     A Day in the Park
     A Little Mountain Escape
     Animal Cells: Cells Without Walls
     Atoms and Matter
     Buoys
     Capitol Reef National Park
     Cells
     Choking Out Smoking
     Christmas at the White House
     Deadwood, South Dakota: Legendary Black Hills Landmark
     Dry Tortugas National Park
     Dwight Eisenhower
     Effigy Mounds National Monument
     Elisha Otis: Elevator Safety Brake
     EWWW -- Gross Art: The Pike Place Gum Wall
     Greg Mortenson: International Peacemaker and Humanitarian, Part 2
     Greg Mortenson: International Peacemaker and Humanitarian, Part 3
     Helicopters
     How Do Bees Make Honey?
     How Do Magnets Work?
     How Do Smoke Detectors Work?
     How Does a Hurricane Work?
     How Does a Seismograph Work?
     How Does a TV Work?
     How Does an Escalator Work?
     How Infrared Works
     How Windmills Work
     Imagination - Thinking Outside the Box
     Inventions - What Does It Do?
     It's a Small, Small World: Nano Numbers
     James Madison
     Leatherback Sea Turtles
     Lightning
     Michael Scott
     Mount Rainier National Park
     Mystery of the Missing Gold, Part Three
     Mystery of the Missing Gold, Part Two
     Nervous System
     On The Last Day of School
     Phi-lan-thro-py
     Phillis Wheatley, America's First Black Poet
     Plant Cells: Cells With Walls
     Proteins
     Recycling: Something Old Is New Again
     Ryan Says, "Clean Water for All!"
     Secretary of Labor
     Secretary of the Interior
     The Birth of an Idea
     The Grand Ole Opry of Nashville, Tennessee
     The Legacy of the Snowman
     The Mystery of the Fifth Window, Part One
     The Mystery of the Fifth Window, Part Two
     The Mystery of the Man in the Dark
     The President's Staff
     The Reason for the Seasons
     The Space Needle: A Washington Landmark
     Tidal Energy
     Tsunami: What a Wave!
     Twist and Shout: A Tornado is Coming!
     What Is Meteorology?
     What's Gravity Got To Do With It?
     Yosemite National Park
(Grades 9-12)
     Ambrose Bierce
     Ambrose Bierce
     Ambrose Bierce
     The Ave Maria Grotto: "The Scenic Shrine of the South"
     The Brain
     The Long Island Express: The New England Hurricane of 1938
     Wisconsin's House on the Rock
     Write Backwards Poetry

Stories
(Grades 1-2)
     Sandbox Adventure
(Grades 3-5)
     Amish Barn-raising
     Dinosaur Expedition
     Pizza Town
     Welcome to Crescent City

Geography
(Grades 1-2)
     Ancient Greece - Hercules
(Grades 3-5)
     1893 – The Year of the Fair
     Armenia - Geography
     Bulgaria - Geography
     Croatia - Geography
     Finland - Geography
     France - Geography
     Greece - Geography
     Greece - Traditions and Daily life
     Guyana - Geography
     Helping Others in Need
     Hungary - Geography
     Ireland - Geography
     Kit Carson
     Lebanon - Geography
     Madagascar - Geography
     Malaysia - Geography
     Malaysia - Traditions and Daily life
     Nepal - Geography
     Netherlands - Geography
     New Jersey
     Nicaragua - Geography
     Nigeria - Geography
     Norway - Geography
     Panama - Geography
     Peru - Geography
     Poland - Geography
     Puerto Rico - Geography
     Spain - Geography
     Suriname - Geography
     The Bahamas - Geography
     The Beacons of Oregon
     The Eruption of Mount St. Helens
     The Roaring Rapids
     The Space Needle
     The Star-Spangled Banner
     Tournament of Roses Parade
     Turkey - Geography
     Twister!
     Uruguay - Geography
     Venezuela - Geography
     Vietnam - Geography
(Grades 6-8)
     Brazil - History
     Croatia - History
     Croatia - Traditions and Culture
     Hungary - Culture
     Jordan - History
     Lithuania - Culture
     Mongolia - Culture
     Peru - Culture
     South Africa - Traditions and Daily Life
     Thailand - Culture
     The Big Burp
     Twelve Seconds That Changed the World
     Ukraine - History
     Under the Cover of Darkness
     Vatican - Culture
     Vatican - Geography
(Grades 9-12)
     Cuba - History
     Finland - History
     Panama - History
     Uruguay - History


Finish the Story
     Maggie's Museum Mystery (Grade 2-3)
     Pine Cone Cabin (Grade 2-3)
     Wishing Under the Canopy (Grade 2-3)
     A Belly Full of Butterflies (Grade 2-4)
     Hats Off to You (Grade 3-4)
     A World of Bikes (Grade 3-4)
     Spring Season (Grade 3-4)
     Living in the Wild, Wild West (Grade 3-5)
     A Big Foot (Grade 3-5)
     How to Build the Biggest Snowman (Grade 3-6)
     Stop that Bus! (Grade 3-6)
     Erin Comes to Ellis Island (Grade 3-6)
     Journey into the Human Body (Grade 3-6)
     Mardra's Escape (Grade 4-5)
     Mousetrap (Grade 4-6)
     Last Day of School (Grade 4-6)
     Right to Be Free (Grade 5-8)
     Flag Day (Grade 6-8)
     Independence Day (Grade 6-8)
     Saving Jaguars (Grade 6-8)
     An Athlete's Life (Grade 7-9)
     Would You Want to Live Forever? (Grade 9-12)


What Would You Do?
     Jade Has A Dream (Grade 3-6)
     Teacher Swap Day (Grade 3-6)
     The Compliment (Grade 4-6)
     A New School (Grade 6-8)
     Inauguration Day: What Would You Do if You Were President? (Grade 6-9)


Reader's Theater Scripts and Plays
     Can You Guess the Job? (Grades 1-2)
     We See Shapes Everywhere (Grades 1-2)
     The Ram and the Pig (Grades 2-3)
     Community Helpers (Grades 3-4)
     Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend (Grades 3-4)
     Frog and Turtle Conversation (Grades 3-4)
     Round Magic: A Japanese Tale (Grades 3-4)
     Why Bats Fly at Night: A Story from Laos (Grades 3-4)
     Rising to a Challenge (Grades 4-7)


Reluctant Reader Books
     Earth Hour Sleepover (Grade 2-3)
     Giant Pandas (Grade 2-3)
     Magnificent Mackinac (Grade 2-3)
     The Beyoncè Contest (Grade 2-3)
     A Weekend in the Smokies (Grade 3-4)
     Brave Ruby Bridges (Grade 3-4)
     Crazy Cars: Wild and Wacky Rides (Grade 3-4)
     Extreme Snow (Grade 3-4)
     Room 127: Freddie Can Fly! (Story #2) (Grade 3-4)
     Stormy Weather (Grade 3-4)
     History of Hip Hop (Grade 3-5)
     Reaching for the Goal (Grade 3-5)
     Mapping ABC Style (Grade 3-6)
     RI is for Rhode Island (Grade 3-6)
     Meet Me in Miami: My Trip to Super Bowl XLIV (Grade 3-12)
     That's How Ron Rolls: a Skateboarding Story (Grade 4)
     A Trip to the International Space Station (Grade 4-5)
     Big, Bigger, and Biggest Animals (Grade 4-5)
     Crazy Coasters (Grade 4-5)
     Home Sweet Home: Wild and Wacky Houses around the World (Grade 4-5)
     It's All in the Numbers: Wild and Wacky Number Truths (Grade 4-5)
     Sandcastles on the Beach (Grade 4-5)
     Save the Giant Pandas (Grade 4-5)
     The Day the Seagulls Attacked (Grade 4-5)
     Underground Treasure: The New York Gold Vault (Grade 4-5)
     Weird and Wild Sports from Around the World (Grade 4-5)
     AK is for Alaska (Grade 4-6)
     AL is for Alabama (Grade 4-6)
     Anne Frank (Grade 4-6)
     Electricians (Grade 4-6)
     IA is for Iowa (Grade 4-6)
     IL is for Illinois (Grade 4-6)
     IN is for Indiana (Grade 4-6)
     KY is for Kentucky (Grade 4-6)
     LA is for Louisiana (Grade 4-6)
     Landmarks of the United States (Grade 4-6)
     MA is for Massachusetts (Grade 4-6)
     Machu Picchu: The City in the Clouds (Grade 4-6)
     MD is for Maryland (Grade 4-6)
     Monster Trucks (Grade 4-6)
     More Weird Earth Sayings (Grade 4-6)
     MT is for Montana (Grade 4-6)
     Mysterious Cities (Grade 4-6)
     ND is for North Dakota (Grade 4-6)
     NY is for New York (Grade 4-6)
     OK is for Oklahoma (Grade 4-6)
     SC is for South Carolina (Grade 4-6)
     So You Want to be a Superhero (Grade 4-6)
     Underwater Adventure, Book Two (Grade 4-6)
     VT is for Vermont (Grade 4-6)
     WI is for Wisconsin (Grade 4-6)
     Wild and Wacky Dinosaur Facts (Grade 5-6)
     Wow! The New Seven Wonders of the World! (Grade 5-6)
     CSI: Careers in Forensics (Grade 5-7)
     Alcatraz: The Rock (Grade 5-8)
     Amazing Mazes (Grade 5-8)
     Chichén Itzá (Grade 5-8)
     Gargoyles (Grade 5-8)
     Lighthouses (Grade 5-8)
     The Tower of London (Grade 5-8)
     Totem Poles (Grade 5-8)
     Haiti Then and Now (Grade 6-7)
     Castles: Magnificent Palaces (Grade 6-8)
     Castles: Mighty Fortresses (Grade 6-8)
     Famous Cemeteries Around the World (Grade 6-8)


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