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Rough & Smooth Bulletin Board Activity

Posted by Susan Armstrong on October 12, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Our Rough & Smooth Bulletin Board


Materials needed:

1)    Largebulletin board and colorful paper to cover it

2)    Glue,tape and staplers

3)    Scissors

4)    Roughand smooth (everyday items children helped collect) to post on bulletin board.

*Items such as, but not limited to,sandpaper, bark, small rocks that are either rough or smooth, as well as asmall piece of thin flat plastic and/or plastic wrap, wrapping paper (be sureit’s smooth), etc. (Be sure the items are relatively small or able to be cutdown in size due to the limited space on the bulletin board.)


Children can help ahead of time, to collect the various rough or smooth items that your class will use to post onto the bulletin board.The children can bring items from home, if there parents approve it, to use.This will encourage the children to think of everyday items they know to be rough or smooth. Items can include sandpaper, bark, small rocks that are either rough or smooth, as well as a small piece of thin flat plastic and/or plastic wrap, wrapping paper (be sure it’s smooth), etc.

These items will be talked about, touched, and handled by the class during the project so that the concept of rough and smooth are fully grasped. This can be done in a large group, as a class, and is to be discussed atthe tables or desks, and the bulletin board will be put together where appropriate for your classroom.

Outcome goals:

Language development is enhanced by the discussion and comparisons of the various items collected. Descriptions and comparisons pertaining to items that are rough or smooth. Working with fellow class mates in this project, the children also develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills.

With this bulletin board project, the students will be able to determine if an item is rough or smooth, describe in detail what makesit that way, and give examples of various items to compare and contrast the concepts.


After all items are gathered that you will need to have the children compare and contrast the rough and smooth concepts for thebulletin board. Have the children to glue, tape and/or staple the rough and smooth items, in a decorative fashion, on the bulletin board. Label the items as rough or smooth below each.

Be sure to talk with the children about theitems and ask them to describe the way they feel. I.e. “What can you tell me about how the way the bark feels in your hand? How is it different than the wrapping paper?”   

When all the items have been placed onto the bulletin board for all to see, have the children to help you make a chart of the items used. The chart should include the list of items used, and they should be listed according to the roughness and smoothness. Start with the roughest item, then the next roughest, until youname each item down to the smoothest.

This categorizes the rough and smooth items and helps the children to see it in a graph chart form.

Post the chart by the bulletin board as well.


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