On the paper that is bottom/center there were a list of activities that students could do that related to vocabulary, and students had the same handout in their binder. Here is the problem...no one ever followed the recommendations. When students had extra time, most of them wasted it, and a rare few read their free reading book. This year, I want to make the bulletin board more interactive and enticing. I was thinking that I could put some "fun" and educational activities in the file folders- MadLibs and Boggle for example. I also thought that perhaps I could have some flash cards on a ring for student review. The question is, would students actually use these? It will take time to make the cards, laminate them, cut them out, put them on a ring, and I want to have a few sets. I think that it would "look" like fun, but once the students realize they are just flash cards, will they continue to use them? I also was thinking of including some writing prompts somewhere, perhaps on flash cards or 1/2 sheets of paper.
Have you guys ever had success with an "extra time" bulletin board? Let me know what has worked for you!