To print out one of the full page borders below just click on an image.

You can also find lesson ideas for full page borders at the bottom of this page.

Holiday border

Try these lesson ideas for free page borders in your classroom.

1) Listing Things

Choose a topic - the ocean works well (you could also use a farm, fairytale land, an amusement park or a current class theme).

Ask each student to name one thing that you would find in the ocean. Write these on the board. You will probably end up with a list like this: shark, octopus, jellyfish, ship, starfish, sea horse, sea weed, shell, sand, rocks, coral, whale, dolphin, mackerel, squid, rainbow fish, tuna, crabs, lobster, sponges, sunken treasure, shipwrecks etc.

Ask your students to draw each of these things inside their page border. I usually get one or two students that are concerned that they won't be able to fit everything in. To help them, I draw a large rectangle on the board and divide it into 20 to 30 parts. This gives the class a general idea of the size of each object.

You may also get students that are concerned that they can't draw all these things. I tell my students to draw the key features first and then everything else will fall into place. If you are doing a shark, draw the the big teeth and the long body first and everyone will know what it is. If you are drawing an octopus draw the eight legs first. If you are drawing a fish, draw the tail, fin and lips first.

To extend this lesson ask your students to write a one page story that includes many of the elements of the picture. It can be really helpful to brainstorm plot lines and adjectives before they start.

2) Rewriting a Draft

If your class is working on a narrative or a report, it can be very difficult to motivate students to write a draft, edit and then write out a second version. Many students don't want to write out their story or report a second time and will grumble through that part of the process.

To avoid this, give your students a full page border to write their final draft in. The border will take the final version to another level and gives your students a reason to rewrite that they can understand.

These final versions, with decorative colored borders, glued onto slightly larger colored card are perfect for classroom displays.

3) Writing a Letter

Choose a border that makes the page look like writing paper.

If you have the time and resources, students can use watercolor paints to add color to the whole page before writing. Scraping a paint laden toothbrush with your thumb, creates a great speckled effect.

Of course, you could simply print the border onto lightly colored paper.

To add another level to the activity, your students could create their own matching envelopes.

They could also draw two "photographs" on to thin card squares to pop inside the envelope.

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