Fadeless® Color Wash Charcoal, Problem Solver Bulletin Board

2 - 3 hours

Problem Solver

When children are facing a problem this bulletin board can give them guidance. It provides them with steps to help them work through their situation and become a problem solver. Also, included on this board is a large-scale calculator with dry erase sheets that can be used over and over again for practicing math facts.


Color Wash Charcoal Fadeless® Designs Paper, 48" x 12', #P0056988 or 48" x 50', #P0056985

Bordette® Decorative Border, 2-1/4" x 50', Black, #P0037304

Pacon® Card Stock, 8-1/2" x 11" Colorful Assortment, #101169, Black, #P101187, & White #P101281

UCreate® Neon Poster Board, 22" x 28", Neon Blue, #P5531-1 & White, #P5460-7

Array® Dry Erase Self-Adhesive Sheets, 8-1/2" x 11", #PAS8511

• Stapler

• Scissors

• Double-sided tape (optional)

• Cricut machine (optional)

Step 1

Cover bulletin board with Color Wash, Charcoal Fadeless® Designs Paper. To do this, first cut enough paper to cover the board. Find the center of the paper you’ve cut. Roll in edges in and secure at the bottom of the rolls with binder clips. Start securing the paper to the board by stapling at the top center. Roll the paper out to the left, stapling as you go. Roll out the remainder of the paper to the right stapling across the top. Then staple down the sides and bottom, smoothing the paper as you go along. Cut off excess paper around edges. (For our “How to” video go to: youtu.be/0BW84xgH3fo). Then attach Black Bordette® Decorative Border around edges.

Step 2

Next prepare bulletin board components. First download “Be A Problem Solver” and “Show Me 3 Ways”, enlarge 400%. Cut from various Pacon® Card Stock. Or if using a Cricut use our files* at: bit.ly/383D5kC. Attach Black letters to colored card stock and then attached them to the bulletin board.

* Cricut charges may apply.

Step 3

Create the following signs on various colors from the Pacon® Card Stock Color Assortment:

  • Verify Your Plan
  • Verify Your Thinking
  • Line Up a Plan
  • Organize the Facts
  • Study the Problem
    1. Solve the Problem Using Math
    2. Draw a Picture
    3. Explain Your Steps

Add these signs to the bulletin board.

Step 4

For the large-scaled calculator, first download and enlarge calculator template 300%. Cut the various shapes needed. Attach pieces to one full-sized sheet of Neon Blue UCreate® Neon Poster Board. Attach calculator to bulletin board.

Step 5

This board can also be used for a lesson on problem solving methods and techniques, from using trial and error to working backwards to creative problem solving. Put your own spin on this board by including additional solution method or by showing different types of problems children encounter and how they can work through them.

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