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!

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__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.

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.

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

And transformations.

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__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!

And integers.

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__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.

Here is a box and whiskers reference.

Multiplying and dividing fractions.

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

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.

References for improper and proper fractions.

Adding fractions.

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.

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.

Each word wall is also available individually here.

**Math word wall posts:**

◉ 5 reasons I love math word walls

◉ High school math word wall ideas

◉ Math word wall FAQs

◉ More math word walls

◉ High school math word wall ideas

◉ Math word wall FAQs

◉ More math word walls

Hello!

ReplyDeleteI 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?

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

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