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Name Posters – Personalized Classroom Decor
When I was student teaching, one of my favorite parts of the 4th grade classroom I was in was the student name posters that adorned the classroom walls. I loved that the students helped create the decor for the classroom and they added a lot of color and personalization to the space! Every year since then I write out my students’ names on narrow posters for them to color the first day of school. We then hang them up and keep them on our classroom walls all year!
To make their name posters, I start off with white and black sheets of 12×18 construction paper.
The black papers I cut in half lengthwise (I use these pieces to back the white pieces before I put them up on the wall).
Since the white pieces need to be smaller than the black ones, I cut the white pieces so that they are 11in x 17.5 in.
Then I just hand-draw my students’ names with a Sharpie and they are ready to go!
When I have my students color these on the first day of school, we talk about power coloring (which I also got from Katie)! Sometimes students have the tendency to draw really lightly with colored pencils, which looks nice up close, but from far away it can be hard to see! I show them how to “power color” by pressing down hard with their color pencils and the difference that it makes. I refer to power coloring many times throughout the year when we are using colored pencils, so this is great practice!
Here is my sample:
My kiddos color these on the first day of school, and then I keep them up all year long!
I tell them that it is not just my classroom, but all of ours, and they love having all their names proudly displayed in the room!