Middle School Math Word Wall Ideas

Looking for a math word wall for your middle school math classroom? In this post I highlight math word walls for 6th grade, 7th grade and 8th grade.

For a year between teaching mainstream high school math and teaching special education high school math, I tried teaching middle school math. My husband and I had moved further out from the city, the job was listed as an 8th grade Algebra position, I love Algebra, it was closer to my new apartment, what could go wrong?

Everything. Everything could go wrong. I got eaten alive.

You middle school teachers-- hats off to you. The math was familiar, everything else was like an episode of the Twilight Zone. Kids were arguing about stolen pencils (with grins on their faces, of course), this girl made fun of this other girl's boot liners (an intervention was called). I felt I was pausing class every 10 minutes to catch a confused kid up to speed. I was low woman on the 8th grade math team so nothing I said held any weight. All in all, it was a miserably eye-opening experience for me. My brother teaches middle school math. I don't know how he does it.

This was a year before I made the decision to decorate my classroom with math word walls. Looking back, I know they would have helped curb some of the interruptions and boost the confidence of the kids who felt confused. Back in the summer, a teacher emailed asking if I could make her an 8th grade math word wall after seeing the ones I had made for high school. Soon after, another teacher asked for one for 7th grade, then 6th grade, then even 5th grade. 

In this post I want to show photos of parts of the math word walls I have made for you marvelous middle school teachers with the most impossible jobs in teaching! 

8th Grade Math Word Wall

8th grade math word wall

I made this 8th grade math word wall with thoughts of my former 8th graders in mind. These are the references I would hang on my walls were it possible to go back in time for a do-over. Above are references for systems of equations with proportional and not proportional shown in context. 

8th grade math word wall

Scatter plots even come up in our 10th grade state exit exam here in Massachusetts. This reference shows a positive correlation, outlier, cluster and line of fit. I just added Spanish translations of the vocabulary words that can be hung alongside their English counterparts.

8th grade math word wall

Here is a reference section for function vs. not a function.

8th grade math word wall

And transformations.


7th Grade Math Word Wall

7th grade math word wall

There are way more representations of slope that I had ever imagined before making this word wall for 7th grade! Constant of proportionality, unit rate, scale factor... Wowza!

7th grade math word wall

Here is a reference for scale factor.

7th grade math word wall

And integers. 

7th grade math word wall

And Geometry! The colorful poster at the bottom is a reference for angle types. This word wall has had its vocabulary translated into Spanish as well.


6th Grade Math Word Wall

6th grade math word wall

Data, data, data! Topics like box plot, histogram, mean median, mode, and range are all topics covered in this 6th grade math word wall.

6th grade math word wall

Here is a box and whiskers reference.

6th grade math word wall

Multiplying and dividing fractions.

6th grade math word wall

And nets. In 6th grade I was happily practicing my long division and doodling on my worksheets. That was the 1980s. Things have changed!


5th Grade Math Word Wall

5th grade math word wall

Though not for middle school topics, the references in this 5th grade math word wall may help some students link back to previous learning. Above are references for graphing with additive and multiplicative patterns.

In my special ed Algebra 2 classroom we have Algebra 1 references that we refer to pretty regularly so I know how many kids we see can be a year or two behind. 

5th grade math word wall

References for improper and proper fractions.

5th grade math word wall

Adding fractions. 

5th grade math word wall

And quadrilaterals.

All of the word wall references in this post (and a lot more) are included in this Math Word Walls bundle. All updates are always free.

math word wall bundle
All Math Word Walls Bundle

I also put together a few smaller word wall bundles, including the two below for grades 5-8 and grades 6-9. 

Grades 5-8 Math Word Wall Bundle for 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade and 8th gradeGrades 6-9 Math Word Wall Bundle for grades 6, 7, 8 and Algebra

Each word wall is also available individually here.

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2 comments:

  1. Hello!
    I teach 6&8 grade. I was looking at your word walls and can use pieces of all the grade levels. Do you have that sort of bundle?

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    1. Hi Samantha, Thank you for your comment. I don't have any sort of larger bundle at this time.

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