Special Feature: Graduation

When my second February in Japan rolled around, I said goodbye to the first class of graduating seniors that I taught for a full year.  The students in my only third year class, an elective, were a great group of young adults and I was sad to see them go.  I wanted to do something special and focused on graduation traditions and speeches during our last few lessons.  One of those lessons centered on Dr. Seuss’s “Oh the Places You’ll Go”.  To celebrate, I recreated the Seuss landscape on our English Board.  This particular Special Feature took a while to complete but it was worth it!  Behold, my English Board Masterpiece!

The final board! So many colors! So many balloons! So many places!

The final board! So many colors! So many balloons! So many places!

This board was all about color color color!  I went through multiple packets of colored construction paper to add the characteristic loops and swirls to the hills.  I printed out the recognizable Seuss font and cut out the letters for the title.  I even practiced hardcore tracing skills to recreate the little elf-man-Whoovian character.  Finally, I made a series of balloons, each one unique, for each student in my class.  Each balloon carries a small basket containing each students’ hopes or dreams for their future.  They’re going so many places and I am very proud of them!

Each student wrote a short message about where they are going after high school

Each student wrote a short message about where they are going after high school

Details matter!

Details matter!

Oh the places they'll go!

Oh the places they’ll go!

The background is a plain white to make the colors pop.  Each basket is attached to each balloon with string, so they flutter in the breeze.  I even added little trees in Seuss’s style.  It was a fun board to create and I left it up in the classroom until the end of the school year.  Congrats to the class of 2015!

Close-ups

Close-ups

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