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Free Classroom Posters to Engage Students

by Peggy Reimers
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About this time of year when I was a teacher, I was starting to take down my posters and bulletin boards. I had the time at the end of school to look at my walls and decide my decorating plan for the next year. I made a quick sketch of my room and could then spend the summer making those crucial decisions.  Now, secondary school teachers (I am talking to you, Jennifer Bergland) might not be able to relate, but I know my elementary educators know what I am talking about. 

The classroom posters included in this blog can be used for special months of celebration or hung all year long. Take a look as all are free and the only cost to you is to print them off. 

Pass It On Posters

Pass It On Classroom Posters


STEM Role Models

STEM Role Models

Women You Should Know (WomenYSK) provides a set of eight racially and ethnically diverse female scientists and mathematicians from around the world. The poster set was drawn by female illustrators and is available in eight languages. Selections include: Dr. Hayat Sindi, Tu YouYou, Rosalind Franklin, and Juliana Rotich


One World Posters

One World Posters

Teaching Tolerance was founded by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 1991 to eradicate hate by fighting intolerance in schools. Their work has evolved in the past 30 years, so they have chosen a new name: Learning for Justice. They are still working on reducing prejudice to tackling systemic injustice. One of their best resources are the One World posters. More than 30 are available in high resolution 11” x 17” poster size. Download the PDFs and print off a selection for your classroom.  Selections include: Toni Morrison, Laverne Cox, Frida Kahlo, Fred Rogers, and John Lewis


March for Science Posters

March for Science Posters

Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya has created six custom posters to help celebrate both women and science. The posters are free to download here. Selections include: Katherine Johnson, Chien-Shiung Wu, Maryam Mirzakhani, and May-Britt Moser


Department of Energy Posters

Department of Energy Classroom Posters

The Department of Energy has 12 free printable posters of women who have made notable contributions to American history. Included in the set are female astronauts, physicists, mathematicians, and chemists.  Find the sets here to download. Selections include: Hedy Lamarr, Barbara McClintock, Ellen Ochoa, and Ruby Hirose.


Jen Bengel African Americans TPT Posters

Black History Month Posters

Jen Bengel has shared her daughter, Malaya’s, art work with a set of free posters available at the Teachers Pay Teachers marketplace. There are 15 prominent African Americans.  Each person has two posters; one has a quote and the other one has the contribution of the individual. Selections include: Sojourner Truth, Crispus Attucks, Coretta Scott King, and Shirley Chisholm.


Kid President Posters

Kid President

Kid President has a series of YouTube videos and has been a positive influence on students and teachers. The online platform, We Are Teachers, has pulled together several Kid President quotes.  Find the five free printable posters here. Selections include:

  • If you can’t think of anything nice to say, you’re not thinking hard enough.
  • Life is tough, but so are you.
  • Give the world a reason to dance.
  • Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody. 
  • The time to be awesome is now.

Growth Mindset Posters

Growth Mindset Classroom Posters

A set of six Growth Mindset posters are available from We Are Teachers. They promote positive thinking and a can-do attitude. Selections include:

  • I can learn from my mistakes.
  • I can do hard things.
  • First Attempt In Learning.
  • Mistakes are expected and respected.
  • It’s not failure because I haven’t given up yet.
  • I can’t do it . . . YET.

Women's History Posters

Women’s History Posters

Mike Rawls shares 41 minimalist images of iconic women. They include figures in politics, sports, activism, and entertainment. Download the complete free set here. Selections include: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Taylor Swift, Simone Biles, and Temple Grandin. There are newly added posters of Kamala Harris and Amanda Gorman.


NASA Earth Day Posters

Earth Day Posters

Since 2010, NASA has celebrated Earth Day with the release of a gorgeous illustrated poster. The high-resolution printable PDF files are available for download from the NASA website


Naomi Harm Women's History Mnth bookmarks

Bonus: Very Cool Bookmarks

Naomi Harm is the founder and CEO of Innovative Educator Consulting. Download her printable bookmarks to celebrate women during Women’s History Month or anytime. Selections include: Sheryl Sandberg, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Oprah, Maya Angelou, and Serena Williams.


If you run across a great set of free classroom posters, please email Peggy at [email protected] and I would be happy to spread the poster love. Happy decorating!

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2 comments

Keith B Schoch May 19, 2021 - 8:25 am

Love these! Such a great collection. For teachers interested, I created a nice set of Figurative Language posters, free for downloading and printing, zero strings attached. You can even copy the Slides file and edit to make your own using your fave classroom texts and authors. http://howtoteachanovel.blogspot.com/2017/09/figurative-language-posters.html

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Peggy Reimers May 20, 2021 - 12:31 pm

Thank you so much Keith – this is a WONDERFUL addition to this catalog of posters. If you are an English teacher – this is the perfect poster spot for Figurative Language. You will find: hyperbole, juxtaposition, allusion, euphemism, and 14 others. BONUS, Keith makes them available to include your own favorite authors and text!

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