Located in the middle of the board, is the “Did you know?” section. This component serves as a pre-assessment of student knowledge. Every week, I post a different fact, to go along with the science content. Underneath there are two options for students. One reads, “Yes, I knew that!” and the other reads, “No, but I do now!” Students are invited to put the clothespin with their name on it under the column that applies to them.
The second component is the “Question of the week!” located on the right of the bulletin board. In this section, I post a multiple-choice question about the week’s topic. This question is often directly from their daily science book. Underneath there are three pockets, with the letters of the multiple-choice answers labeled below. This is something students can complete when they have down time, or have finished all their assigned work. Students can take a Popsicle stick and write their name on it, with the marker provided. Then, they can place it in the pocket that corresponds with their answer choice.
The final component is the “Challenge Question”, located on the left of the bulletin board. This section also changes weekly with the science content. In this section, I post a question that requires more thought or research. Under the question there are two pockets, one with blank note cards and one empty one. Students can take a note-card from the left pocket, write their answer, and then put it in the pocket on the right.