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I’ve been telling you forever about the difference project-based learning has made in our homeschool. It’s made such a difference, I even included an entire chapter on the subject in Homeschooling Gifted and Advanced Learners!
I’ve given you project ideas in the past, but I thought it was high time to dive a little deeper with some project specifics. Today, I’ll be sharing tons of ideas for poster projects that can be used for all ages, all ability levels and all subjects. Enjoy!
I keep a stash of poster board at all times – white and colored – because poster comes in handy for so many projects. In the first picture above, my children were asked to design their dream yard after a lengthy Jr. Master Gardener class. The purpose of the project was to demonstrate an understanding about plants that need shade vs. sun, plants that grow well together, colors that looks good together and plant heights that complement each other and the yard/house structures. Of course, art was an easily integrated subject.
In the 2nd picture, a poster board was folded to stand like a display board. After researching an historical time period, maps, mini-biographies, and notebooking pages on various topics were glued on the board. These notes and illustrations were used during an oral presentation about the topic. This was completed in middle school.
In the 1st photo above, another time period had been studied. My son had to learn more about a people group from the time period and write a paragraph about various topics like the food they ate, clothes they wore, religion they followed, etc. This was completed in upper elementary school.
In the 2nd photo, my upper elementary son had been learning about the rain forest. His job was to draw a diagram demonstrating that he understood each layer of the rain forest, including plants and animals living in each.
Poster Project Ideas are Endless
Here are several ideas. Share suggestions or links to your additional ideas in the comments!
Poster People – draw a life size bust of the person you’re studying, cut a face hole and arm holes, wear the poster as you tell about the person
Poster Report – similar to the report boards shown above
Maps/Charts/Diagrams – giant maps, charts and diagrams to be used during a presentation
Advertisements – billboards, store signs, magazine ads, etc.
Visual to List Speaking Points – almost like a Power Point demonstration, but notes on poster display instead
Picture Board – can be similar to the visual list above, but in pictures
Mural – large artwork
Game Board – develop a game to go with a study, the poster becomes the game board
Giant Collage – fill up the poster with as many pictures as you can relating to a subject
Giant Cartoon Board – divide the board into 8-12 blocks and write a cartoon-style story relating to the subject
Reference Chart – make a chart noting things you need to remember (ie, write all the spelling rules you struggle with and post it somewhere in sight as your rule reminder)
Poster Project Ideas Around the Web
Amy from Milk and Cookies has a series of posts about learning with poster board that you won’t want to miss!
ArtSkills.com is a great place for poster project ideas. Scroll down toward the bottom of their sidebar and you’ll find a link to a FREE Poster Idea Book. It’s 99 pages and a fabulous resource! They also have a couple of Pinterest boards that give fantastic examples of using posters as projects: For Your Classroom and For the Kids.
Jump right into poster projects. Your children will have a blast!
Be sure to join me tomorrow as we discuss Project-Based Learning with Paper. Yep, plain old paper!