Friday, November 6, 2015

Five for Friday! November 6!

Happy Friday once again STEM Friends!
I hope you read my weekly post two days ago so you can learn some truths about my classroom. If you missed that little gem, go back and take a look at the huge messes we made.
Then take a look here at Five Ways to Decorate Your Science Room!

It's time for Five for Friday and this week's theme is: Decorating!

Bulletin Boards and More! Fabulous ways to add some science decor to your classroom! Includes poster ideas and board ideas!
Of course, you might want to have a couple of really nice bulletin boards to display some sciencey stuff. The story behind this one is on my blog somewhere. 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!

First, 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!
Bulletin Boards and More! Fabulous ways to add some science decor to your classroom! Includes poster ideas and board ideas!
I hung it on that weird little column that juts out of the wall. It's actually the downspout from the roof of the lab to the ground! 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!

Bulletin Boards and More! Fabulous ways to add some science decor to your classroom! Includes poster ideas and board ideas!
Okay, this is my second favorite bulletin board. I love that it is so simple. I was going to add photos and stuff, but decided to leave it alone! Above the board are posters of Little Scientists. These are some I made a really long time ago in an effort to help kids see that scientists come in many varieties and they can be one, too! Science can be extremely specialized! Like, who knew there was a scientist that only studies reptiles? 

Bulletin Boards and More! Fabulous ways to add some science decor to your classroom! Includes poster ideas and board ideas!
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!" Do you have girls at your school that wear a purse all day? 
Above the cabinets is a very decorative little area. You can see a large tree "cookie" and a dried starfish. There are also several conch shells. And a great quote I painted on the wall.

Bulletin Boards and More! Fabulous ways to add some science decor to your classroom! Includes poster ideas and board ideas!
These cabinets are 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.
Below the cabinets you can see my insect collection and above is anther quote and some other cute things. 
I mean, why waste that space up there? Storage bins would be great, but they look awful, so I use that space just to be pretty.
Oh well, I live in the lab 7 hours a day. Right? It should be a nice, comfy place!

Bulletin Boards and More! Fabulous ways to add some science decor to your classroom! Includes poster ideas and board ideas!
Another set of posters! These are a set 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!

Okay, here are the links to other bulletin board posts that show more about the two boards above.
Click HERE
and HERE

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!
The quotes and doodads on top of my cabinets - well those are just pretty!

Come back on Wednesday for another addition of What's Going on in the Lab?

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