There’s always so much to do at the beginning of the school year. For me, this was really brought home when I started a new job with a science lab as my classroom. An empty, undecorated, bare-walled lab. So, let me help you with some excellent ideas and tips for decorating your walls for science!
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Of course, you might want to have a couple of really nice bulletin boards to display some science stuff. The story behind the bulletin board pictured above is on my blog already. Links are at the bottom of the post! This is actually my favorite board ever!
But, what if your boards are covered with other stuff and you still need to show some science-related things? Hmmmmm….here’s some of the ways I do this!
The Scientific Method
I discovered in the last few years that kids really don’t know a lot about this at the elementary age, so I set out to make this part of their vocabulary and hope I am also teaching them a few things about variables and controls and making science-based hypotheses!
I have a poster set that we refer to all the time!
The set includes a title poster and a flow chart of the steps! It also includes a poster for each step written in kid-friendly language!
I have these taped to a column that juts out in my classroom. It’s actually the downspout from the roof of the lab to the ground (covered with concrete blocks)! Anyway, I can stand right under those posters and have kids look at the step of the scientific method that we are discussing! We use these all the time!
Kinds of Scientists
This is my second favorite bulletin board. I love that it is so simple. The middle word was just one I projected from my computer in a silly font (recognize Jokerman, anyone) and then I cut out the letters.
Above the STEM board (not in the photo) are posters of Little Scientists. These are some I made a really long time ago in an effort to help students see that scientists come in many varieties and they can be one, too!
Science can be extremely specialized. Who knew there could be a scientist that only studies reptiles?
This set makes a great display for above the board wall space!
Lab Safety Rules
By the time I invented the posters you can see in the photo above I had NO MORE wall space. So I started hanging things over the windows of some of my cabinets. This serves a dual purpose! HA! It also blocks the messes inside the cabinets.
Those posters are the STEM Lab Rules. We refer to these every single day- especially –
“Leave your personal belongings outside the lab!”
The safety rule set with cactus decor is very popular. I love the soothing colors of this one!
I also have cabinet doors displaying posters of the Engineering Design Process. This was the very first poster set I made. I needed this when I started as the STEM lab teacher and just could not find a set I liked anywhere. Most of the resources I found had all the steps of the process on one piece of paper. So, I made my own.
Another set of posters! These are a set of Kinds of Engineers. Each poster shows a kind of engineer and the words tell about that person’s job. These are so fun to look at because kids get a sense of what jobs involve engineering and they come away knowing they can be one!
They are usually amazed that there are so many! Which one are you?
And there is more!
Since this post was first published I have added so many new sets of posters to my resources. I love all the posters that deal specifically with Science and STEM. I also love the motivational quotes posters. These are all just gorgeous!
Aren’t they beautiful! All are linked for you- just click on the images.
I am also adding links for you to find more blog posts about bulletin boards and classroom decor!
- Mad About Science Bulletin Boards
- How to Create an Amazing Science Bulletin Board
- How to Make an Easy Bulletin Board
- Bulletin Board Bonanza
- 7 Easy Tips for Printing Posters
And there you have it- some easy ways to get science decorating into your classroom and, by the way, the posters are not just pretty. They are useful!