Thursday, July 9, 2015

Why I have students create our ABC posters instead of buying them commercially...

It's that time of year again when we are all looking for classroom decor. There are so many options it is hard to choose just one theme. I don't think I am going to change my beach theme this year, mostly because I love sitting in my beach chair as I teach! I went into my classroom for this first time this week since school has been out and this is what I walked into...

I didn't know where to start. There is so much to do and so much to change before school starts. As I looked around my room there was one thing that caught my attention right away, and that was my ABC posters from last year. I had my students draw the pictures for the posters the first week of school.

I know this isn't typical and it doesn't match my beach theme in my room, but somehow the posters fit perfectly. We had a lot of fun making them. We talked about beginning sounds before each student picked what picture they would draw. This also gave me a chance to talk with the class about trying their best and not giving up. I printed each letter off more than once just in case mistakes were made. Most students chose to start over more than once because they new the importance of their work, and wanted to help make our room look great. This project really brought us together as a class that first week of school. It helped build our classroom community as the students helped each other decide what they could do to their picture to make it look better. 
Once everyone was done, each student held his or her letter in hand and we worked together to get them in ABC order for the wall. 

They were so proud of their work and so excited about the ABC wall. If I would have bought the beach themed ABC posters, my first graders would probably have never truly noticed them. This is something I will do every year. Letting go of my room perfectly matching was hard, but after seeing each student's satisfaction over his or her poster made it easy. I can't wait to do it again this year and see what pictures my new first graders come up with. I will leave our letters from last year up so the new firsties can see a good example. 

I uploaded my ABC posters on our TPT store if you want to try it out this year with your new class. They are simple. There is nothing fancy about them. Let your students make them meaningful! 



  1. I love this idea! I made a lot of my anchor charts together with my students but never thought about doing the alphabet line together. It is so more relevant and meaningful for students when they contribute. Thanks for sharing:)

    1. I completely agree. I don't ever put commercial anchor charts in my room either. Students never read them if they did not help make them. My students reference to the ABC posters all year and they always make sure they mention what student made the letter when they are talking about the poster. Before I started having my students make them, I am pretty sure my class never even knew the ABC's were posted :)

  2. Student made alphabet posters are a great idea. I had never thought about that! They would be very engaged in this and more likely to remember to use it as a resource if they had a hand in making it. I found you on my linkup #littlefishteacherblogger. Thanks for linking up.

    Hanging Around In Primary

    1. Thanks for hosting the linkup Christina. I love these posters. I always make anchor charts with my students and I decided the ABC posters should be just as meaningful as our anchor charts. My students love them and really use them because they all helped make them.