Sunday, November 15, 2015

Classwork Display "Window"

If you're looking for a fun, but easy-to-manage method of displaying classwork, then you may be interested in today's post. :)

This little display is now outside my classroom, just waiting to have some of my students' work added to it! Check out my new classroom "window"...
Now, take a behind-the-scenes look at the way it is (easily) made and operated!

If you want to make one just like mine, you will need the following materials:
  • 4 gallon-sized ziplock bags
  • duct tape
  • one wooden dowel rod
  • 2 Command hooks
  • Butcher paper (for the curtain)

Simply lay the ziplock bags in the shape of a square, with the ziplock logo face-down on the table. You will want this on the back side of the window so that it doesn't show from the front. I have inserted pieces of blue paper into the bags so you can easily see how the logo will disappear once student work is inside. Use the duct tape to lay across the edges of the bags, connecting them enough to hold them in tact and create the window-pane appearance. Lay the dowel rod across the top, and simply fold the top half of the duct tape over it to attach it to the zip lock bags. That's all!
Here's a view from the back side, where you can simply unzip the bags to insert student work, and change the display any time you want! 
I attached command hooks to the wall, and the dowel rod is just resting on those hooks to hold the window. I made a "curtain" out of butcher paper, and that conceals the rod as well as the hooks. I can pull the "window" down and swap out the contents of our display any time I want. 
What do you think?