Winter Math Activities To Decorate Your Classroom

Teachers are so creative! This post is filled with photos teachers have sent of their math classrooms and of the Christmas math activities they used to decorate their classroom walls and classroom doors. There are ideas for decorating with fractions, for middle school and even creating a Christmas tree out of math pennants!

Over the years, you've sent me some great photos of your classrooms, from your math word walls to your Matholution pennants, and I have enjoyed every one. It's so fun seeing how the same printables can be arranged in so many different ways.

This post is a holiday celebration of teachers' creativity. I would have never thought to make Christmas trees out of math pennants! But you all did and these photos all blew me away. The effort, the colors, the care that went into creating the displays, everything. I am so thankful that teachers like you are in the classroom.


Teachers are so creative! This post is filled with photos teachers have sent of their math classrooms and of the Christmas math activities they used to decorate their classroom walls and classroom doors. There are ideas for decorating with fractions, for middle school and even creating a Christmas tree out of math pennants!

So let's get into the photos! I have been waiting a year to share these because I couldn't quite get it together last Christmas to write this post.

Teachers are so creative! This post is filled with photos teachers have sent of their math classrooms and of the Christmas math activities they used to decorate their classroom walls and classroom doors. There are ideas for decorating with fractions, for middle school and even creating a Christmas tree out of math pennants!

Ms. Evans sent this photo of her classroom math Christmas tree made from these order of operations pennants. I never would have thought to do this, and this is probably one of the most creative uses of math pennants I have seen.

Teachers are so creative! This post is filled with photos teachers have sent of their math classrooms and of the Christmas math activities they used to decorate their classroom walls and classroom doors. There are ideas for decorating with fractions, for middle school and even creating a Christmas tree out of math pennants!

Instagrammer @dilek816 sent this photo of her classroom door Christmas tree made with the same order of operations pennants.

Teachers are so creative! This post is filled with photos teachers have sent of their math classrooms and of the Christmas math activities they used to decorate their classroom walls and classroom doors. There are ideas for decorating with fractions, for middle school and even creating a Christmas tree out of math pennants!
Linear Equations Ornaments on a Classroom Christmas Tree

Ms. Kelsey also made a classroom Christmas tree. Hers is decorated with linear equations ornaments

Teachers are so creative! This post is filled with photos teachers have sent of their math classrooms and of the Christmas math activities they used to decorate their classroom walls and classroom doors. There are ideas for decorating with fractions, for middle school and even creating a Christmas tree out of math pennants!
Linear Equations Ornaments on a Classroom Christmas Tree

I believe that a little coloring in the classroom never hurt anyone. Ms. Kelsey's students took such care in coloring their ornaments. I think this was time well spent, especially around the holidays, which can be a time of high-anxiety for some kids (and teachers).

Teachers are so creative! This post is filled with photos teachers have sent of their math classrooms and of the Christmas math activities they used to decorate their classroom walls and classroom doors. There are ideas for decorating with fractions, for middle school and even creating a Christmas tree out of math pennants!
Linear Equations Ornaments bulletin board display

Ms. Henry sent this photo of her classroom bulletin board made with the same linear equations ornaments. 

Teachers are so creative! This post is filled with photos teachers have sent of their math classrooms and of the Christmas math activities they used to decorate their classroom walls and classroom doors. There are ideas for decorating with fractions, for middle school and even creating a Christmas tree out of math pennants!
Fractions holiday ornaments Christmas tree display

When I saw this fractions ornaments tree created by Ms. Covacha-Rothe on her classroom door! Wow! Such a happy display. The bottom is made from a set of integers pennants.

Teachers are so creative! This post is filled with photos teachers have sent of their math classrooms and of the Christmas math activities they used to decorate their classroom walls and classroom doors. There are ideas for decorating with fractions, for middle school and even creating a Christmas tree out of math pennants!
Holiday math ornaments decorate a classroom Christmas tree

Ms. Wickham's little Christmas tree is so cute. Her students added more math ornaments after this photo was taken. Are those real candy canes? I saw pickle flavored candy canes the other day and wasn't sure if I was intrigued, grossed out or a little of both.

Teachers are so creative! This post is filled with photos teachers have sent of their math classrooms and of the Christmas math activities they used to decorate their classroom walls and classroom doors. There are ideas for decorating with fractions, for middle school and even creating a Christmas tree out of math pennants!
Holiday math ornaments on a classroom door display

Ms. Coyer also used math ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree she made on her classroom door. 

Teachers are so creative! This post is filled with photos teachers have sent of their math classrooms and of the Christmas math activities they used to decorate their classroom walls and classroom doors. There are ideas for decorating with fractions, for middle school and even creating a Christmas tree out of math pennants!
Holiday Math Ornaments

My first apartment was in a basement. It was a little dark, so I had painted a window that looked out onto a range of mountains. Ms. Felton's window of a beautiful blue sky reminds me of my old painting. Here she has decorated it with snowflake math pennants and decorated her festive Christmas tree with linear equations ornaments. 

Teachers are so creative! This post is filled with photos teachers have sent of their math classrooms and of the Christmas math activities they used to decorate their classroom walls and classroom doors. There are ideas for decorating with fractions, for middle school and even creating a Christmas tree out of math pennants!
Ms. Dyer's Skeleton Functions Posters with Santa hats

I had to add these skeleton posters in here. 

Mrs. Hamilton's Skeleton Functions Posters dressed for winter

Ms. Dyer and Mrs. Hamilton added winter gear onto their functions skeleton posters to keep them going through another season. Maybe some pink hearts to bring them through Valentine's Day?

Winter holiday lantern

Though it has no math on it, this winter holiday lantern is a way to bring the holidays into your classroom with a little coloring. Images include a Christmas tree, crescent moon and star of Islam, a dreidel, the candles of Kwanzaa and a Diwali lantern.

I absolutely love our Visual Math Facebook group. Teacher Janelle Cora transformed my printable holiday lantern into a pixel art activity and shared it with everyone in the group! 

Holiday Pixel Lantern - Janelle Cora from Visual Math Facebook group

You can grab a copy of this pixel art activity here: Holiday Pixel Lantern - Janelle Cora

Students find the equations of proportional relationships in this graphing snowflake pennant.

Students graph linear equations in the different forms in this set of linear equations ornaments.




All of my winter holiday math activities can be found here on TpT: 



All winter holiday math ornaments can be found here: 






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New Health Insurance Unit-- consumer math curriculum

New Health Insurance Consumer Math Unit


The Scaffolded Consumer Math Curriculum has a new unit-- health insurance. Students will learn the ins and outs of copays, coinsurance, deductibles, out of pocket maximums, and of course the math behind it all.


Just like every other unit in the curriculum, the new health insurance unit includes a printable PDF student book unit, a teacher's unit with answers to questions asked in the student book, student notebook pages, PowerPoint notes, an editable quiz, warm-ups and all answer keys.


Vocabulary includes: premium, deductible, plan, deductible balance, HMP, PPO, copay, coinsurance, PCP, referral, specialist, out of pocket maximum, open enrollment period.


There's a lot of math involved in health insurance, especially between meeting a deductible and meeting OOPM, and with coinsurance payments. My hope is that this new unit clarifies health insurance for your students and gives them confidence calculating costs. 


  

Scaffolded Consumer Math Curriculum
consumer math curriculum



Discovering the sums of interior angles in a polygon

Ripping the corners off a triangle to prove the sum of its interior angles is 180 degree is my favorite visual proof. Over the weekend, I posted a couple short videos for finding the sum of interior angles in a polygon, so here I wanted to share the videos and the worksheets from the videos.

Ripping the corners off a triangle to prove the sum of its interior angles is 180 degree is my favorite visual proof. Over the weekend, I posted a couple short videos for finding the sum of interior angles in a polygon, so here I wanted to share the videos and the worksheets from the videos.

Budget Project for High School Consumer Math

Budget Project for High School Consumer Math


Over the past few weeks, I have been working on a budget project where students mix and match a career, apartment, car and habit to see if their spending falls within given budget guidelines. Will students stay within budget with their choices?


"What 2 Numbers?" Multiplication Facts Practice for Middle and High School Students

"What 2 Numbers?" Multiplication Facts Practice for Middle and High School Students

Do your middle or high school math students struggle with their multiplication facts? Do you wish there was an age-appropriate way for them to practice their multiplication facts without it feeling like they're practicing?


6th Grade Math Bulletin Board Vocabulary Wall

Transform Your Bulletin Board into a 6th Grade Math Vocabulary Focus Wall


Are you looking for a way to support your 6th grade math students? In this post are just some of the visual 6th grade math vocabulary references included in a 6th grade math word wall. The math word wall has grown a lot over the years as I have added teacher requests, and now includes a printable color version, a printable black & white version, an interactive digital version in Google Slides, and printable Spanish vocabulary.


Estimating fractions on a number line practice cards

Do your students need more practice estimating fractions on a number line? Are they still unsure where fractions are located between 0 and 1?


Do your students need more practice estimating fractions on a number line? Are they still unsure where fractions are located between 0 and 1? 


Scaffolded Consumer Math Curriculum for building financial literacy

Scaffolded Consumer Math Curriculum


How do I file a tax return? What is a credit score? How much of my paycheck will be withheld for taxes? How much rent can I afford?

I got A TON of questions just like these while teaching high school consumer math. Many of the questions were about things I had assumed my students would already know. But how would they know? My students were seniors and worried about life after high school. Understandable!

The consumer math curriculum's student notebook sheets build an interactive notebook and match the student book.


When I taught consumer math there was no curriculum, and I spent a lot of time piecing the course together from materials found online. My students were all seniors with IEPs for mild to moderate disabilities in math/reading, so I needed to find accessible materials that were also age-appropriate and interesting. I wanted my students to enjoy building their personal financial literacy. In spring 2022, I decided to start building the consumer math curriculum I wished I had back then, and I'm happy to say that it is now available on my website


This new, printable consumer math curriculum is an approachable guide to building financial literacy for teens. It includes warm-ups, a student book, accompanying student notebook sheets, a teacher's book, PowerPoint projector notes, editable quizzes and all answer keys. The curriculum will answer all of your students' personal finance questions and more. 

"Hands-down, this is the best consumer math curriculum. Easy to use even if you don’t have the greatest understanding of certain concepts. Warms-ups for access to extra practice problems as well as walkthrough power-points and much more. So thankful I got it! My students enjoyed learning each concept and were able to work through excellent real-world math problems making it relatable!” -Teacher Jodi Staggers


Here's a short video overview of the student book and student notebook sheets. Please note that a car insurance unit has since been added:


Units: 

  • Wants vs. needs
  • Checks and registers
  • Wages and salary
  • Bank accounts
  • Budgets
  • Electronic banking and credit cards
  • Credit score
  • Discounts and coupons
  • Sales tax and tip
  • Percent change
  • Unit price
  • Income taxes*
  • Car loans
  • Mortgages
  • Student loans
  • Investing
  • Car insurance
  • Health insurance

*The income taxes unit will be updated every year. Redownloads to get updates and additions are always free.


"This Consumer Math curriculum is amazing. It is so well organized! I also used the activity bundle and this made a super year long course! I would highly recommend it!" - Teacher Amy Field

 

Scaffolded Consumer Math Curriculum


Files included: 
  • Student book (199 pages) 
  • Teacher’s book (203 pages) 
  • Student notebook sheets (122 half sheets)
  • PowerPoint projector notes 
  • Editable quizzes for each unit (18 quizzes) 
  • Warm-ups for each unit
  • All answer keys 


Scaffolded Consumer Math Curriculum - income taxes unit


Details: 

The student book is a reference that includes vocabulary, examples and questions for students to answer. You can choose to print the entire student book at once, or each unit at a time for student packets or their binders. Both formats are included.

The student notebook sheets are half-sheets designed for an interactive notebook. The sheets provide space for students to answer the questions posed in the book, and also include additional analysis questions. Students paste these notebook sheets into a composition notebook, which then becomes their own personal finance reference.

The teacher’s book and student notebook sheets answer key include all answers to all questions presented in the student book and the extra analysis questions on the student notebook sheets.

The projector notes match the student notebook sheets so that you can complete notes along with your students on the board.

The quizzes are completely editable. Quiz answer keys are included for all quizzes and are also editable.

The warm-ups for every unit are formatted for student notebooks.


Scaffolded Consumer Math Curriculum


FAQs: 


Who is this curriculum for? 
I wrote this consumer math curriculum for high school students who may have mild to moderate disabilities in math and/or reading. These are the students I taught when teaching consumer math and who I feel will benefit most from this curriculum. 


Can it work for younger students? 
If your students have already been introduced to percents, this consumer math curriculum may work for them. However, I feel that high school students will be more invested in learning the material as it answers the questions they currently have about their personal finances. 


Do you have a printout that I can give to my admin for approval? 
Yes, you can find a printout here for your administrator.


Will the curriculum be sent in the mail?
No, this curriculum is a set of PDF and PowerPoint files. Nothing will be sent in the mail.


How many licenses do I need? 
The curriculum is licensed for 1 single teacher to use with his or her students year after year.


I homeschool. Will this work for me? 
Yes, homeschooling families are using this curriculum. The curriculum works well in both a classroom setting and in a homeschool setting.


Is it available on TPT? 
No, this curriculum is not available on TPT.


Do you have a list of standards? 
This curriculum covers the following National Standards for Personal Financial Education: 

Earning Income: wages and salary, gross pay, exact net pay, approximating net pay, pay schedules, tips, earning interest, retirement savings, 401(K) employer matching, filing income taxes, tax deductions, wage theft, insurance 

Spending: budgeting, keeping a register, comparing unit prices, sales tax, discounts, coupons 

Saving: savings, checking, money market accounts, CDs, simple interest, compound interest, pre- and post-tax retirement accounts 

Investing: risk vs. reward, stock market, bonds, retirement accounts, diversifying

Credit: credit card interest, credit card choices, credit score, credit report, minimum payments, APRs, down payments, car loans, mortgages, amortization schedules, student loan interest, student loan choices, deferment, forbearance, capitalizing interest 


Will the curriculum be updated?
Yes, the income taxes unit will be kept current each year. Additional units and supplemental projects or other materials may also be added. Redownloads to get updates and additions are free.


Do you accept school purchase orders?
Yes, purchase order information can be found here.



With everything you need in one place, this consumer math curriculum will make teaching the course easy for you and enjoyable for your students. Consumer math is such an important and fun course to teach, and I hope that your students thoroughly enjoy building their financial literacy with you! 


Please send me an email to shana@scaffoldedmath.com if you have any questions. There is also a Consumer Math Facebook group for teachers here.




The Scaffolded Consumer Math Curriculum is available for download here.