Decorating Your Classroom with Style: Educational Posters

educational-posters

You might have noticed that we live in an age of accessibility, and one of the great benefits of this is the affordability of printed images. This makes it possible for almost everyone to bring art into their home or work environment without breaking the bank. And for Montessori teachers, for whom aesthetics matter greatly, this could not be better news.

Lately I’ve been seeing some wonderful posters that please both visually and informationally. Other posters enhance the reading experience. Yet others draw the viewer into the subject more thoroughly than they ever knew possible. I hope you’ll find something that draws you in, too!

A Pop Culture Primer on Parts of Speech from Pop Chart Lab

A Pop Culture Primer on Parts of Speech from Pop Chart Lab

I recently discovered Pop Chart Lab on a trip to New York. They specialize in infographic-style images (a visual compendium of all the wands in Harry Potter! Every shoe that Carrie Bradshaw ever wore!), but some of their posters draw the viewer in so that you might never leave. Once you start exploring the Parts of Speech on this poster, you may never stop reading! And if you’re looking for a way to make those Language lessons relevant to your students, look no further! From Darth Vader to Severus Snape, this Pop Culture Primer on Parts of Speech (also from Pop Chart Lab) has got you covered!

Setting-The Great Gatsby-Literary Poster

Setting-The Great Gatsby-Literary Poster

With striking visuals, this Elements of a Novel set helps to explain what makes great fiction. I love the moody visuals used in the set, and also the fact that each element uses a different work of fiction as an example. These posters feel like just the thing to pique the interest of a reader. Or, well, me.

Earth Science Collection from The Colossal Shop

Earth Science Collection from The Colossal Shop

These simplified Ocean, Earth, Atmosphere and Space posters are helpful for understanding those larger-than-life concepts, and also echo the universe’s tendency to repeat patterns.

20 Women Who Changed Science. And the World. by Hydrogene at Redbubble

20 Women Who Changed Science. And the World. by Hydrogene at Redbubble

Who doesn’t love a chance to celebrate Women in Science? Each of these images is available as a separate poster, but I like the way they look as a group. Couple with some simple imagery to represent each woman’s scientific contribution, these posters do their job–invite the viewer in and engage their curiosity. Who was Rosalind Franklin and why does her poster have strand of DNA on it?

The World's Tallest Mountains by Rebel Unit Berlin at Etsy

The World’s Tallest Mountains by Rebel Unit Berlin at Etsy

I love the way this poster overlaps the world’s ten tallest mountains. And if there’s anything that my students get impressed by, it’s superlatives. This artist also does the world’s longest rivers.

Backyard Birds of California by Kate Dolamore

Backyard Birds of California by Kate Dolamore

These charming bird guides are available for the United States and Canada. I usually have a bird guide and binoculars in the classroom, but this poster is a nice alternative. The watercolor paintings are sweet, realistic and labelled. Students would love to spot their living counterparts.

Emerald City by Steve Thomas

Emerald City by Steve Thomas

As an avid reader, I’m a huge fan of the new trend in literary travel posters. These artworks allow viewers to travel to Narnia, Wonderland, Hobbiton, Neverland and Oz. I’m particularly partial to Steve Thomas, whose Lord of the Rings posters aren’t to be missed.

The best thing about each of these posters is that they would look equally as attractive in your classroom as in your home. And since your classroom is your second home, these posters are worth the investment!

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