Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Free printable - Suggestion Box labels

I made a suggestion box for my classroom today.
I wanted to make one last year but never found the time (or shoebox!) to make one.
My main reasons for a suggestion box:
  • Gives students an opportunity to share ideas.
    You could even narrow the ideas down to particular topics like classroom rules, favourite food, ideas for lessons etc. There are lots of possibilities!
  • Allows you to hear their ideas.
    I sometimes don't hear from the quieter students during discussions. This is an easy way for them to talk to me.
  • Great for persuasive writing.
    When students share their ideas they are stating what they believe/want.
    This is a great lead up for teaching persuasive writing (NAPLAN testing focus).
Here it is...

Class suggestion box
Please excuse my terrible cutting on the lid. I always forget how hard it is to cut thick cardboard.

This is what I did:
1. Found shoebox and cut a rectangle in middle.
It doesn't matter if it's really big as the label will cover the gap.
2. Print and cut out labels.
3. Laminate labels
4. Stick onto box and you're finished!

I've included my labels for you to download.

 Click here to download
Included: 3 pages of labels for a class suggestion box.
Graphics are from  http://www.mycutegraphics.com/
Print on bright paper, cut out and laminate. Then stick the labels onto a shoebox. Easy!

How do you encourage students to share ideas? Do you have a class suggestion box in use?

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