St. Patrick’s Day and spring typically come to mind when trying to come up with fun bulletin board ideas for March. However, there is another route that educators can take thanks to National Peanut Month. It’s a great opportunity to talk about a variety of topics from food allergies, peanut farming, plant biology, famous inventors and presidents to animals that eat peanuts for dinner. With that said, here are a few nutty ideas for the classroom:
Focus on Food Allergies
There are many children’s books that focus on peanut allergies. Therefore, teachers could fill up their classrooms’ book carts with some of them. The best one could be highlighted on the bulletin board and discussed at length. A handful of titles to consider are Nicole Smith’s Allie the Allergic Elephant: A Children’s Story of Peanut Allergies, Wendy McClure’s The Princess and the Peanut Allergy, Sue Ganz-Schmitt’s The Princess and the Peanut: A Royally Allergic Tale and Michelle Nel’s To Be a Nut or Not!
Nutty Animals Following the Trail
As we stated earlier, it might be fun to highlight animals that eat nuts. Devoting a bulletin board to Margaret and H.A. Rey’s Book, Curious George Feeds the Animals is a good way to start. In the book, the charming monkey leaves a trail of peanuts behind at the local zoo. So educators may want to make large peanut shaped cutouts and place them around the school. The kids could follow the nuts to other thematic activities or play areas as the month goes on.
Ode to Peanut Butter Lovers Everywhere
Focusing on books about people who love peanut butter or stories that involve the popular spread would be a fun way to go too. A few books that kids may enjoy in that regard are Cynthia Kagan Frohlichstein’s The Perils of the Peanut Butter Kid, Lisa Boradoe Cook’s Peanut Butter and Homework Sandwiches and Nadine Bernard Westcott’s Peanut Butter and Jelly: A Play Rhyme. After the stories, the kids could make their own peanut butter or enjoy peanut butter snacks. If peanut allergies are a concern, SunButter® could be used as a substitute.
Peanuts Helped Make Them Famous
Lastly, there are several famous people with ties to peanuts and their byproducts. Bulletin boards could be made to focus on them or their contributions to American society. Examples include Jimmy Carter and George Washington Carver. Under this category, educators could focus on everyday farmers and plant biology as well. Andrew F. Smith’s Peanuts: The Illustrious History of Goober Pea is a great reference book that could be used to develop the boards and lesson plans.
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