Printable Math Bulletin Board Borders


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. 


Here is the grid with math symbols theme of the math bulletin board borders


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


Here are the pi symbol and the calculator versions of the math bulletin board borders


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 


Here the "How to be a Math Person" poster is posted on the math bulletin board surrounded by the printable borders


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


Printable "Mathy" Math Bulletin Board Borders



math classroom word walls image (6th grade)


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.

Buy a Car Project

Buying a Car Project

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. 


Buy a car project car choices


Back to School Math Bulletin Board Ideas


Back to School Math Bulletin Board Ideas


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. 


dollar store tablecloths for covering a 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.


How to be a math person bulletin board kit

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


"Mathy" math bulletin board borders

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


The Fridge motivational bulletin board display of student work

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.


math word walls


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.


"Welcome, Math Person! poster


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.


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.


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. 


back to school math pennants


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.


"Why I Can Do Math" bulletin board


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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Fun Exponent Rules Activities

Fun Exponent Rules Activities

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.


exponent rules pattern 3 to the 4th through 3 to the first powers


"2 Truths and a Lie" Error Analysis Math Activities

2 truths and a lie math error analysis activities give students practice with their math and also with finding math errors when they occur.

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.


"2 Truths and a Lie" Integer Operations Review Error Analysis Activity


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.


"2 Truths and a Lie" Slope Error Analysis Activity


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.


"2 Truths and a Lie" Key Features of Quadratic Graphs Error Analysis Activity


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.



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Fun Activities for Building Data Literacy

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


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.


mean, median, mode and range digital math escape room activity puzzle #1

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.


mean, median, mode and range digital math escape room activity printable PDF version

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.


box and whiskers vocabulary sort

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.


two way tables digital math escape room activity

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.


mean, median, mode and range math pennant activity

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.


stock market project

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.


probability digital math escape room activity

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. 


"2 truths and a lie" error analysis activity for probability card 8

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.


data math pennant activity

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.


line plots digital math escape room puzzle #1

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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Simple ways to encourage productive struggle in the math classroom


I had been considering making a meatloaf, so looked up a recipe online that called for 2 pounds of ground meat. Because it would be my first meatloaf, and because I only have 1 pound of ground beef in the refrigerator, I started mentally halving all of the ingredients to get a feel for the recipe. 


The recipe called for 3/4 of a cup of breadcrumbs, so I found myself mentally halving this fraction, then thinking about how I mentally halved the fraction, then wondering how others may mentally halve the fraction. So I took to Facebook to ask how others would do this:




For such a seemingly straightforward problem, there was a wide variety of answers. Here are some of them:

Finding Percent of a Number Cheat Sheet

Finding Percent of a Number Cheat Sheet

Knowing how to calculate the percentage of a number is pretty much the basis of consumer math. This skill comes up when calculating interest, tips at restaurants, discounts from coupons, tax on purchased items and with budgeting. It's such a simple but important skill for students to learn and really become comfortable with before graduation.


In this post, I want to share a finding percentage of a number handout for your students.


I recently posted a cheat sheet on Facebook and got a comment about another cheat sheet I had shared some time ago in our consumer math Facebook group. It's a sheet showing students how to find a percentage of a number by dividing by 2 to find 50%, dividing by 4 to find 25%, etc. I had completely forgotten to ever share the sheet here on my blog, so wanted to write this short post sharing it from my Google Drive.


Finding Percent of a Number Cheat Sheet


After sharing the sheet in the Facebook group, I got feedback to add 1% to the sheet. So when you download it, how to find 1% will also be there.


>> You can download the finding percentage of a number sheet here from my Google Drive.


Percent activities


tax, tip and discounts digital math escape room activity
Percent Tax, Tip, Discount Digital Math Escape Room

Students unlock 5 locks by finding percents in this tax, tip and discounts digital math escape room activity. The activity comes digital in Google Forms and printable PDF.


converting fraction, decimal percent digital math escape room activity
Converting Fractions, Decimals, Percents Digital Math Escape Room

This converting fraction, decimal percent digital math escape room activity has students converting the different forms: fractions to decimals, decimals to percents, percents to decimals, decimals to fractions and fractions to percents.


percent change task cards activity
Percent Change Task Cards Activity

This percent change task cards activity sparks a lot of conversations about how prices have changed over the years. Students calculate and compare percent change between past and present costs of items.


percent change coloring activity sheet
Percent Change Coloring Sheet

Students practice finding percent change on this 1-page percent change coloring activity sheet.