Every September I do a hopes and dreams bulletin board. It’s a chance for students to express what they want to learn and set goals. Plus, it looks great when parents come for Back-to-School night. This year students will be writing on rocket ships. As a class we brainstorm ideas such as I’d like to learn how to write in script, I want to write a story, I hope to do more experiments, I want to learn how to use the tablet, or I would like to make friends. To meet the needs of all learners, the rocket ships are differentiated. There are four templates, two have a place to write and draw and offer different line options. The other two would be for older students or a student who likes to write, they only include writing lines. These templates also offer different line options. Kids love that they can design and color their own rocket ship. Students can either draw their face or paste a picture in the rocket ship window. I usually paste a picture in the window because they love to see their face in the rocket. There are many places you can write the child’s name and date on the rocket ship. See thumbnail pictures for examples. I have the students cut the ship out and put in on black paper to make them pop. In this document I offer sample bulletin board titles such as Launching 3rd grade or Shooting for the stars in Second grade. When you take the rocket ships down, store them. In June, have students read over their hopes and dreams on the rocket ship. Usually they laugh at their hand writing and spelling from September. Then on the moon they reflect on the things they learned during the year. They write how they accomplished their goals and other things they learned. For example, I practiced writing in script every day in school. The moon templates also include differentiated lines. I write June in marker so the parents know that this is what the child is doing now. Then I put the rocket ship on top of the moon and staple it to the bulletin board. This document also includes stars that you could decorate with or write names on and extra rocket ship windows. It’s a great way for students and parents to see how much they have academically grown.