Printable Classroom Center Signs
A learning center is a set position were students practice a specific skill or process. Here are a number of printable signs to help you organize your centers. We also feature a number of other signs to help bring some life to your classroom and subjects.
Printable Teaching Center Signs
- Creative Writing
- First Aid
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
Printable Teaching Theme Signs
- American Revolution
- Civil War
- Colonial America
- Community Helpers
- Forces of Nature
- Human Body
- Light and Color
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Valentine's Day
- Veteran's Day
- Voting & Elections
Printable Classroom Signs
- Boy's Bathroom
- Girl's Bathroom
- First Week of School
- Handicap Restroom
How to Create a Print Rich Environment in the Classroom
A print-rich teaching environment is a vital element of early literacy development and can prove to be very fruitful in enriching students' learning process.
Let us look at what a print-rich environment is and why it is essential for students.
Why Is It Important?
You can guess the definition of a 'print-rich' environment from the term itself –it is full of print. In a print-rich classroom environment, students interact with various print forms such as magazines, labels, signs, charts, bulletin boards, wall murals with labels, charts, timetables, books, posters, letters, cards, etc.
A teaching environment with multiple print forms shows the students what you can use for reading and writing. Students understand the importance of print and printed materials in practical lives in a print-rich environment. As they explore and interact with different forms of printed materials, they will be encouraged to try and read and write on their own.
For the strategy of having a print-rich classroom to be effective, the print needs to be displayed in the right place and should be referred to or used meaningfully during lessons.
If you are teaching and looking to add value to your lessons with a print-rich environment in the classroom, we have put together a few ideas that will help. So, keep reading to find out.
How to Create a Print-Rich Environment in the Classroom
Print-rich classrooms offer students a plethora of printed material that enhances their literacy skills while instilling a desire to read and write more. A print-rich environment also extends the knowledge of students about how
Here are a few ways to create a print-rich environment for your students.
1. Adding Posters in the Classroom
Adding posters to the classroom motivates students to learn while improving their focus using materials with print on them.
Posters can also be referred to during lessons. So, for example, if you are teaching students about different animals, you can add a poster to the classroom with different classifications or types of animals along with the pictures to make the lesson interesting for the kids.
Students should also be encouraged to find information in classroom posters relevant to the lectures. You can do this by setting a small reward for any student who takes the initiative, points to the poster, and relates the lecture to it.
Here are a few ideas for posters:
- You can create posters yourself using drawings and cutouts from magazines. Slogans or messages can be added in different languages.
- Ask your students to suggest a few nursery rhymes or songs they know, and you can create posters using those rhymes by writing them in different languages. Then read those rhymes aloud, asking the students to repeat after you, and point to the words you are reading.
- Another fun classroom activity would be to ask students to copy the large posters in the classroom and make their version of mini-posters that they can take to their homes.
Pro tip: For the posters to effectively enrich your lessons, you must display them so the students can see them easily. Keep updating and replacing the posters so the kids don't get bored by them.
2. Alphabet Charts
Alphabet chars make for a great addition to the classroom as they help students see all the letters that exist. You can use them during lessons to match letters to sounds. You can either make the letter charts yourself or ask students to create their own alphabet charts.
Another great activity would be to ask students to draw bubble letters on mini charts. Depending on the class's strength, you can assign one or two letters to each student to draw. You can add the letters in sequence to the bulletin board or on a wall that you can label as the 'wall of letters'
3. Reading Corner
Reading corners are a great way to encourage students to read. Set up a small reading corner in the classroom and decorate it with your students.
You can add storybooks, magazines, old newspapers, information pamphlets, greeting cards, train timetables, dictionaries, comics, atlases, posters, and class-made texts to the reading corner.
Ensure that comfortable seating is supplied in the reading corner to make the experience enjoyable for the students. Add lamps and cushions to make the place cozy and reader-friendly. Having a reading corner is an effective way to encourage students to read.
4. Displaying the Work of Students
To allow your students to interact with print in a meaningful way, you display the students' work in the classroom to create a print-rich environment. This will also give the students a small sense of pride and satisfaction every time they see their work on the walls. Take time to re-read the work displayed by each student and ask questions to make the process interactive. Simply hanging the work and failing to help the students interact with it may not be as fruitful.
5. Displaying Different Themes
You can change classroom themes every month or every two months, and this is another effective way to add print to the classroom. The classroom themes can display the following prints:
- Students' artwork that is related to the theme
- Pictures of classroom activities
- Word walls
Here are some examples of fun classroom themes:
- Jungle themes
- Under the sea theme
- Superhero theme
- Camping theme
- Plants theme
6. Incorporating Print in Morning Routines
If you have a morning routine that you follow in your classroom every morning, here are a few ideas to incorporate print in your morning routine:
- Morning greeting charts and posters
- Daily agenda charts
- Flashcards that display the date, month, year, and students' birthdays
- Classroom attendance charts showing the students who are present, absent, or arrived late will teach students to be more responsible and teach them the importance of being punctual
We hope these ideas will help you create an interactive and fun, perfect print-rich classroom environment that will add colors to the classroom and enhance the students' literacy and learning.