Now that I'm getting settled with the new school year, I found a chance to share a bulletin board that I recently made. Please forgive the pics; the lighting isn't that great in my school's hallway.
At the beginning of the year, I had my students choose from several writing prompts: write about about something funny that happened to you in the summer, write about a new hobby or sport you tried out over the summer, or write about a place you visited over the summer. I used it as an ice-breaker with the class (students would take turns sharing in small groups), but also as a review on paragraph writing.
This assignment sparked a lot of excitement since the students were enthused with the idea of sharing their adventures with each other. For this board I used 2 yards of teal fabric, a wave-print border, multi-colored construction paper, and jumbo-sized index cards. For your speech bubble shapes, any on-line template will do.
Beside paragraph writing, you can also use the board to display the students' understanding on using quotations in dialogue, speech writing, or story writing that includes a dialogue script. Other possible titles: "You Can Quote Me," Outspoken Words, Bubble Talk.