My fourth grade students do a huge Westward Expansion and Lewis and Clark unit with their general studies teacher. In an effort to support what is happening in the classroom, I created this bulletin board:
- The average male gorilla stands between 5 and 7 feet.
- The arm span of an average male gorilla is almost 9 feet!
- The average male gorilla eats over 40 pounds of food per day, the average American person eats 5-6 pounds of food per day.
- Gorillas are herbivores – they eat leaves, shoots, roots, vines and fruits.
- The lifespan of an average male gorilla is 35 years. Ivan lived to be 50 years old.
- There are 4 subspecies of gorillas: Eastern lowland, Mountain, Western lowland, Cross River.
- Gorillas are an endangered species, there are less than 300 Cross River gorillas left in the world.
- The One and Only Ivan is fictional, but was inspired by a true story.
- Ivan was a male Western lowland gorilla.
- Ivan was captured in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Ivan and (what is believed to be) his sister were captured as infants and brought to the United States. Ivan’s sister died shortly after arriving.
- Ivan was raised in a home until he became too big and unmanageable. He was moved to the B&I Circus Store in Tacoma, Washington.
- Ivan’s cage in Tacoma was only 40 feet by 40 feet!
- Ivan spent 27 years alone in his cage without seeing another of his kind.
- When the mall where Ivan lived went bankrupt (they didn’t have any money), he was moved to the Zoo Atlanta. Before his move to Atlanta, Georgia, Ivan spent a short time at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
My latest library bulletin board was inspired by Courtney and her stunning Teaching in Paradise blog. When I was looking for genre posters on TPT (and desperately wishing I could do graphic design), I came across this set from Ginger Snaps Treats (you can also find her on Teachers Notebook). I loved the poster set so much that I bought my own home laminator and now they are shiny and eternally beautiful.
I found a fun ocean-themed clip art set from MyClipArtStore on Etsy and the color scheme just popped! I made some coral using construction paper, tempera paint and a crumpled paper towel and voilà!
It’s interesting that a month ago I had never heard of Tu B’Shevat and now, it is quickly becoming one of my favorite Jewish holidays. It certainly provides ample opportunities to decorate the library. And I will take any excuse I can get in order to decorate. Needless to say, when I saw Dena’s beautiful line-drawn trees over at Chai & Home, I knew I had to try to create some garland of my own.
First and foremost, I will never claim to be an artist. I can trace like a madman, but anything beyond that usually turns out to be a disappointment. So, when Dena said that the trees were “dead easy to draw even if you never, ever, ever draw,” I thought I was good to go. Well, you be the judge. I think some are adorable and others are, well… a little lopsided-rainbow-ish looking.
Regardless, once they were hung in the library (from a distance) they added a nice, rustic touch and I loved the look of the recycled brown paper bag and cotton string. I just adore the little clothespins (granted, I have to adore them, I think I drove 30+ miles to get them). And the best part, because the school is settled in a beautiful forest-y area, I think the garland might stay up in the window for the foreseeable future.