Some teachers are already rolling with the 2016-2017 school year, but I still have some time before it’s here. I’ve been thinking about my classroom and what I might want to put on the walls. I think what I’ll experiment with this year is downloading free posters and displaying them with DIY hanging frames made with magnets, string, and wooden sticks (click here for ideas to stain the sticks). Rather than laminate the posters, I’m going to put them into plastic sheet protectors. By doing this, I can easily add or change out a poster and still recycle if it’s time to retire a poster.
Here are links to the free, printable posters I’ve found online for this school year.
If you want to get kids dreaming about the future, check out NASA’s help wanted posters. These jobs will require a significant relocation to Mars. How exciting! The colors and graphics of these posters are rich and stunning, inspiring future astronauts everywhere. You can even share how you’ve used these posters with your students by using the social media hashtag #MarsPosters. Check the NASA Be A Martian campaign on Facebook and Twitter.
Have you ever dreamed of vacationing in space? These posters are from NASA’s Visions of the Future collection take you on journeys through the solar system and to planets near and far. I love the retro look of these posters, and I hope they inspire my students to dream big and work hard towards their goals.
If you need posters to spark inspiration and creativity, the International Society for Technology in Education has created three impactful posters for you to share with your class. If you need more inspiration, they recommend checking out these hashtags: #edchat #EdBeat #SPARKedu #CelebrateMonday.
Looking for simple posters with strong messages? Find three at Scholastic.
What kinds of jobs require computer science knowledge? Can sports be enhanced with computer science? Can you connect your interests and hobbies to computer science? Answer these questions and more with posters from the Computer Science Teachers Association.
Project FeederWatch is a citizen science project that you and your students can participate in. If you need more resources for bird identification, the program has made available downloadable bird id posters for those birds commonly seen at feeders. If you have a tricky bird to identify, you can send a sketch or photo of your mystery bird to Project FeederWatch, and they will help you out.
Teaching kids how to do research using online resources is often tricky. Luckily, there are eight posters covering topics from Google Scholar to Google Earth at Educational Learning and Mobile Technology.