__How it works:__"Can the digital math escape rooms be printed?"

~~No, they're only in Google Forms.~~ **YES!**

Every digital math escape room now has a printable PDF version in its file.

TO GO: **0 -- Done. Yay!**

So you have a big, blank bulletin board in your math classroom that has seen better days. Maybe the cork is falling off, or maybe it was an old chalkboard that needs a new life. Let's jump right in with a super simple idea for starting fresh and creating a colorful
background for your bulletin board-- dollar store tablecloths. The
tablecloths I found were 54-inches by 108-inches, so one will cover an
entire 4-foot x 8-foot bulletin board.

I trimmed a black tablecloth to 4-feet x 4-feet by measuring and cutting
the tablecloth while folded hotdog, then trimming off the width to 4 feet.
Because the tablecloth is so thin, it won't fall down if you secure it with
staples or even clear tape.

The background of this "How to be a math person" math bulletin board is made from a black dollar store tablecloth. The bulletin board reads:

**How to be a **

**MATH PERSON**

**1: Do math**

**2: Be a person**

Here is a closeup of the mathy borders I used around my bulletin board. They come in a few different styles.

One idea for using your classroom bulletin board space is to hang student work. Even my juniors and seniors liked seeing their work displayed. We called this space "The Fridge" and hung work in a completely haphazard way with super strong magnets. You can download the printable letters in a few different formats here.

I have seen other teachers choose to display student work in a more orderly way on hanging clipboards or in page protectors attached to the bulletin board.

Most of my classroom bulletin board space was used to display our math word wall. During lessons if a student got stuck, I could quickly point to a reference on our word wall to get them over the hurdle. This allowed me to keep the rest of my class focused while addressing the student's question. Students also used our word wall during independent work. I wrote a blog post about the 5 ways math word walls changed my teaching here.

Posters and anchor charts are great for large bulletin boards because they
fill up the space quickly and can be swapped out easily. This
"Welcome, Math Person! poster
prints on 4 pages that tape together after a little trimming. It reminds
students that we are all math people as they enter your classroom for the
first time.

When I ran out of bulletin board space, I started hanging things on our classroom walls. They were cinder block, and the only thing I found to work was blue Loctite mounting putty. If you have walls that you are not allowed to mark and that are not cinder block, one tip is to use painter's tape
and hot glue. The painter's tape goes on the wall (sticky side flat on the wall), then the hot glue goes between the painter's tape and what you're hanging.

My friend Carrie sent me
this great photo of her classroom wall space covered in her students' back to school math pennants. The pennants have different glyph questions like "name", "birthday", and "favorite color". The finished pennants made a colorful student-created bulletin board display.

Math is so closely tied to our self-esteem, and no matter how hard we study there are going to be hard days. A math bulletin board can be used to display motivational messages to students. There are so many great posters and other printables out there. This "Why I Can Do Math" bulletin board reminds students that they are strong and capable.

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I made a new set of printable math bulletin board borders that print onto 8.5 x 11 inch paper and come in a variety of styles.

Three borders print per page, and each is about 10 inches long. There are 7 themes included.

Each of the themes comes in a wavy version and in a straight version for easier cutting.

*Themes included: *

- Math symbols on plain background - wavy and straight
- Math symbols on grid background - wavy and straight
- Pi on plain background - wavy and straight
- Pi on grid background - wavy and straight
- Calculators on plain background - wavy and straight
- Calculators on grid background - wavy and straight
- Grid only - wavy and straight

You can find these new math bulletin boarders here on TPT:

Printable "Mathy" Math Bulletin Board Borders

A math word wall is another great use of math bulletin board space. In this word walls post there are math word wall ideas for 2nd grade through algebra 2.

There are a lot of hidden costs to owning a car, costs that students may not think about when they are dreaming of driving themselves around. In this buy a car project, students learn about the costs associated with buying and owning a car so that they can be prepared when the time comes to buy their own car.

Are you getting ready to teach the laws of exponents and are looking for a few fun exponent rules activities? In this post I want to share the way I have taught patterns of exponents to arrive at 1, 0, negative and fraction exponents, as well as a few printable and digital exponent rules activities.

In this post you'll find "2 truths and a lie" math activities, each with
error analysis questions built right in. Every activity is set up the same
way-- find the error (the "lie") on each card, then correct the error on the
student answer sheet. Students get practice identifying math errors in the
context of different math topics, and then with fixing those errors.

Here is the first card from an
integer operations "2 truths and a lie"
error analysis activity. There are 3 integer operations problems on the
card, along with 3 statements comparing the answers. Students solve the 3
problems then figure out which statement is the "lie". Students then fix the
lie on their answer sheet.

For this
slope "2 truths and a lie", students are presented with a graph, a table and a pair of coordinates,
as well as 3 statements about each representation's slope. Students need
to figure out which of the 3 statements is the lie, then correct that lie
on their answer sheet.

Students identify incorrect statements about zeros, vertex, axis of
symmetry, and/or y-intercept in this
key features of quadratic graphs "2 truths and a lie". All functions in the activity are factorable.

You can see all individual "2 truths and a lie" error analysis math
activities here:

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Everywhere we look, there is data to interpret. There is data about sports,
elections, health and trends in our society. Learning how to read and
organize this data is important and empowering to students as they make
their way through their education.

Before becoming a teacher, I worked in the environmental consulting field between leaky gas stations and the Department of Environmental Protection. Part of my job was to collect data from soil and water samples at gas stations, interpret this data and report on it. I learned at this job that data interpretation is more subjective than I had thought. For example, dropping one more monitoring well into the groundwater upstream from a leaking tank will drop the overall average of the amount of gasoline in the groundwater at a leaky gas station. I lasted 3 years in that field before making the move to teaching. It wasn't for me.

And then there's the difference between mean and median when it comes to home prices and pay. Often the median is given in these situations so that outliers don't throw off the data making the numbers appear greater than they are. Interpreting this data and talking about the differences makes for interesting classroom discussion.

In this post I want to share a few fun activities you can use in your classroom to teach data analysis.

The first is a
mean, median, mode and range digital math escape room activity. Students must unlock 5 locks by finding mean, median, mode and range in 5
sets of data. Questions are grouped 4 per puzzle, resulting in five 4-letter
codes that will unlock all 5 locks.

This one also comes in a black and white printable version in the same file
if you'd like your students to work on paper.

Next is a
box and whiskers vocabulary sort where students sort 18 vocabulary terms onto the box plot for median,
outlier, upper extreme, lower extreme, quartiles and interquartile range
(I.Q.R.), then identify mean, mode and range given the box plot's
data.

Many professions require some level of data literacy. Whether in STEM
fields, business, healthcare, social sciences, and even in the arts, the
ability to work with data is an increasingly valuable skill for students to
learn.

Data presented as real-world problems encourages students to apply their
problem solving skills and build insights into the data. This
two way tables digital math escape room activity
gives students practice analyzing and evaluating the data presented in two
way tables. Students find missing table values, answer "and" and "or"
questions and calculate percentages represented by the data in this
activity. A printable version is also included.

Next is a
mean, median, mode and range math pennant activity
that doubles as classroom décor when students finish the activity. Students
find mean, median, mode and range given either 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 single
and double-digit numbers of data. Some answers require rounding.

Students follow a stock for a week, calculate the daily and weekly percent
change in price, estimate a line of fit for their scatter plot, find the
slope and equation of their line of fit and write a final analysis of their
data in this
stock market project. Above is my student Sam's final project and written analysis of the data
he collected. We did this project in our algebra class to cover percent
change. It's also a nice project for a
consumer math class.

In this
probability digital math escape room activity, student figure out the simple or compound probability in 20 scenarios.
Students find the probability of either one or two events in each question.
Questions are grouped 4 per puzzle, resulting in five 4-letter codes that
will unlock all 5 locks.

If you're looking for probability activities, I just recently made a
"2 truths and a lie" error analysis activity for probability. Students have to figure out which of the 3 statements is wrong (the
"lie") and correct the lie on their answer sheet.

Students analyze different depictions of data to find mean, median, mode,
range, totals and percentages in this
data math pennant activity. Data is presented in tables, line plots, line graphs, bar graphs,
histograms, box and whiskers plots, pie chars and sets of numbers. Students
can hang their finished pennants to show what they know as part of your
classroom décor.

This
line plots digital math escape room
comes in both self-checking digital in Google Forms and in black and white
printable PDF. It asks students to analyze and answer questions about the
data shown in each line plot.

And lastly, data representations on a 6th grade math word wall including bar graph, skew, box plot, mean, median, mode, range, circle graph, histogram, dot plot, stem & leaf and frequency table. The stem & leaf and the frequency table both use the same data (the party data in the middle) so that students can see the same data represented differently. This is also true for the circle graph and the histogram, and with the box plot and the dot plot.

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