*"I love these word walls! They are not just typical posters of words, diagrams, and definitions. The layering of arrows, words, and diagrams make the topics pop--the student has to think about connections, rather than just read." - Marcia*

### Math Word Walls

part of a financial literacy word wall |

Since starting to add visual references to our classroom walls, our word walls have grown to cover every bulletin board and even cinder block wall space.

area word wall |

In this post I want to show some of the math word walls I have made for my own classroom and those that came from teacher requests.

part of a 3rd grade math word wall |

nets on a 6th grade math word wall |

To me, an effective word wall shows examples and pictures instead of definitions, so I remove all unnecessary words.

part of a 6th grade math word wall |

This increases math confidence and lowers math anxiety in students who struggle to read while still communicating the vocabulary just as effectively, if not better.

parallel and perpendicular lines word wall reference |

With pictures, examples and reminders, math is more accessible to more students.

part of a geometry word wall |

Students can find the information they need more independently, which leads greater feelings of confidence and success. In my own classroom, this allows me to focus on the students who need more intense help.

part of an algebra 2 word wall |

Math word walls have become an extension of my teaching. Whenever a student was confused, I used to stop class and catch that student up. This of course gave a sense of free time to the rest of the class, and reeling everyone back in became time-consuming and pretty frustrating.

Pythagorean Theorem in 8th grade math and geometry word walls |

I know that when a student is confused, his learning stops. That student won't hear anything else I say until his question is answered, which is why I would stop to explain.

part of an algebra 2 word wall |

With visual aids on the walls, I can now point at a reference and get that student over his hurdle a lot faster. This has also been a big help in the classroom management department.

part of a 6th grade math word wall |

Even with lots of encouraging that their voices matter, some of my students wouldn't speak up when they had a question. Adding visual supports to our classroom walls has given all of my students, and maybe especially these students, the tools to help them answer questions on their own.

part of a geometry word wall |

Seeking out and finding answers to their questions is empowering to all students. This is one of my favorite things about math word walls.

part of an algebra word wall |

I've written a lot about math word walls. My first post, High School Math Word Wall Ideas, is a hodgepodge of the word wall references I've made over the years and the new ones I have made more recently.

The post 5 Ways Math Word Walls Have Changed My Teaching highlights the 5 major benefits I have seen in my teaching and my students' learning since that first day I put up that first visual math support:

◉ Greater student independence

◉ Keeping the class on track

◉ They make a classroom inviting

◉ Connections to previous topics

◉ Low floor, high ceiling

part of an algebra word wall |

part of a financial literacy word wall |

Allowing all students access into our curriculum by offering visual supports if needed has allowed more of my students to feel successful in math.

part of a 7th grade math word wall |

Teachers have sent so many photos of their math word walls and every one of the photos has been different, even using the same pieces. Teachers are so creative!

part of a 4th grade math word wall |

In every one of the photos, teachers have arranged their math word wall pieces differently. Here are just a few of the photos teachers have sent.

Mr. DeVore's math word wall |

I love the colors that Mr. DeVore used to display his math word wall. The blue and yellow go together so well. At the very top of his bulletin board is a set of proportions math pennants (on tpt).

Ms. Napoli's math word wall |

I love how Ms. Napoli's math word wall pops with black as a background.

Ms. Davenport's math word wall |

Look at that yellow! Ms. Davenport's math classroom is such a cheery place to learn with her yellow math word wall background.

Ms. Estrada's box and whisker's plot |

Ms. Estrada arranged the pieces of her 6th grade math word wall's box and whiskers plot onto blue paper to make a poster that can easily be taken down and put back up when needed.

Ms. Ortiz's math word wall window |

I love this addition to Ms. Ortiz's classroom windows.

part of an Algebra 2 word wall |

Having examples on the walls for students to reference has made a big difference in the number of students able to access our curriculum. This quadratics poster is a digital version of one of the first references I added to my Algebra 2 classroom.

part of a unit circle word wall |

Some of my students needed to refer to this poster every day during our vertex form unit while other students got the concept of vertex shifts on day 1. This is the beauty of math word walls! They are there if the kids need them.

part of a 4th grade math word mall |

Instagram: #visualmathwordwalls

part of a 6th grade math word wall |

This math word wall bundle contains all of the math word walls I have made (and will make) and is still being updated. Updates are always free.

Math Word Wall bundle |

Each word wall is also available individually and, because I know that in any classroom there is a range of abilities, in discounted 4-grade level bundles in my tpt store.

### Math word wall downloads:

◉ Area Word Wall

◉ Unit Circle word wall

◉ Financial Literacy word wall

Free Math Resource Library |

### Free math word wall pieces:

If you'd like to give math word walls a try in your classroom, here are some free pdf resources:

volume and surface area visual math word wall |

Integer Rules Visual References |

Prime factoring word wall reference (in free resource library) |

GCF & LCM word wall reference (in free resource library) |

Great ideas

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DeleteI am starting my nd year teaching 6th grade English in a small bilingual school in Mexico. The pay is small, but I found your Instagram and am so grateful! What you provide is going to change my students to amazing students. Thank you!

ReplyDeletePlease send me a message on Instagram, I'd love to follow you too! I hope you have a wonderful year!

DeleteHow do you attach these to the wall?

ReplyDeleteHi Mary, in my classroom I used the blue Loctite putty. For heavier posters, teachers have even used a strip of blue painter's tape on the wall then hot glue between the painter's tape and the poster they are hanging. This way the hot glue doesn't come in contact with the wall. Other teachers have used Command Strips, but I haven't given these a try.

DeleteHi! These would be so wonderful if you would have them in Spanish. They'd be a best seller.

ReplyDeleteThank you for your comment! Many of the word walls do have Spanish vocabulary words included.

DeleteDo you have a proofs word wall? I have the Geometry word wall, but I don't see anything much for chapter 2.

ReplyDeleteThank you for asking this. I don't as of now because I'd need to brush up on proofs and have not had the time. When I do add proofs, it will go into the Geometry Word Wall.

DeleteYay!

ReplyDeleteI can't speak for others, but my school starts by proving the solution to an equation using properties of equality. Looking forward to it! ^_^

What size to you print the words and graphics? I have your word wall packets but have not used them because not knowing how to print in larger size.

ReplyDeleteHi Jolene,

DeleteEverything prints on regular computer paper. If it was before fall when you purchased, you can re-download to get the new color versions. -Shana

Thank you very much for these. I have been using your materials for a couple of years but have never said thank you. Thank you!

ReplyDeleteThank you for coming back to leave a comment! This means a lot. I hope your year is going well!

DeleteYou're very talented with such a vast amount of resource knowledge to include in word walls. I will be buying the 6th grade for sure next paycheck...

ReplyDeleteThank you, Ritchie!

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