5 Classroom Decor Ideas for the Science Classroom

adding decorations to your science classroom on a budget

Are you having trouble deciding how to decorate your science classroom? Decorating the science classroom can be a challenge, especially at the upper elementary and middle school levels. With older students, you want to ensure your science classroom decor is purposeful and welcoming. 

Science classroom decor strategies

Tip #1: Keep it science

You can decorate your classroom and still keep your science flair. Don’t be shy to hang up those anchor charts you use to remind students of important concepts. Another good idea is to use quotes from famous scientists to cement your content area while also adding warmth and a personal touch to your room.

Famous scientist back to school classroom decor for science
Use anchor charts and science banners to decorate your grade 6, 7, and 8 science classroom
Add NGSS aligned visuals to your classroom

When decorating your science classroom, keep science in mind. Hanging these NGSS aligned classroom posters allow students to reference important terms and concepts throughout the year as they hang around the room. Whether you are teaching students about the science and engineering practices or crosscutting concepts, your science classroom decor will be spot on! 

NGSS Science and Engineering Science classroom decorating ideas

Speak Like a Scientist Classroom Decor

If your students lack the science vocabulary they need to fully immerse themselves in science, help them use and understand the meaning of different scientific vocabulary terms using this science classroom decor set

This set includes over 40 terms that are often used in science. Hung around the classroom allowing students to reference will help immerse students in science terms all year long. 

Classroom Science decor  for grades 4 5 6

Tip #2: Hang student work

Most science teachers start the year off with lab safety. Have students illustrate a lab safety rule and then hang them around the room. *Instant science classroom decor* Now you have student work hanging around the room that will remind them of the lab rules. This is also great to point out when administrators are observing you!

Hang student work to add warmth and color to your middle school science classroom
Tip #3: Memes! Students love memes. Use them to help remind students of classroom rules and procedures and as a science decorating idea! If you don’t know how to make your own, click here to learn. It would also be fun to offer extra credit for students to create memes about the topic you are studying. Again, this is great for admin to see when they are in your classroom. It’s also another way for students to connect to the content familiarly.
Tip #4: Studying the periodic table?

I love having students research one of the elements and make their own element tile. Assign each student a different element so that you can piece them together to make your own periodic table of elements, which will become your science classroom decor. This works great if you have a big blank wall in the back of your classroom. You could even arrange it in the hallways if you have bulletin boards.

Display science projects in your science classroom
Tip #5: Honor women scientists with these free posters.

All too often, people think of science as a “man’s world.” Honor the women that helped make important scientific discoveries with these smart-looking posters. Download the science classroom decor posters and print them out. I would also suggest laminating them for durability. Beneath each poster is an explanation of what the woman is famous for.

Creating a warm, welcoming environment should not be difficult, even in the science classroom. It can be done on any budget. Let me know in the comments how you decorate your science classroom.
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