Monday, May 30, 2011

Math Wall Linky Party

Little Miss Kindergarten is having a Math and Calendar Wall Linky party, so I thought I'd join up!  Teaching fifth grade, I don't have a calendar wall anymore.  (I do still have the pocket chart calendar displayed, though!)  But I have been thinking about some new ideas for a math bulletin board next year.  Because my students are older and more independent, I was thinking of putting the bulletin board in their hands.  We use Everyday Math - so at the end of each lesson I was thinking of giving one student a colored piece of cardstock (large notecard size 5 x 8) and having them write the most important part of the lesson.  For example, if we learned the formula for area of a triangle, they could write and design that notecard for the bulletin board.  Each chapter we'd start over. 

I've seen some really great ideas on Beth Newingham's Website for a math wall.  She also has great ideas for implementing the math workshop in your classroom.  Something else to think about! :)

Thanks for reading my ideas - if you have any suggestions please help me out!  Otherwise, head on over to Miss Kindergarten and leave your own ideas! 

Little Miss Kindergarten



  1. Good idea and I am passining it on to my favorite 5th grade teacher friend!

  2. When I taught 3rd, I still did Calendar, but switched up the focus and let it grow into a whole new way to review and stretch. Some things we did were:

    1. choose a city or two, find the temperature on the internet and graph those temperatures each day - great connection to line graphs.

    2. come up with a list of ways to get to the date number (January 2nd - we had to get to 2, February 15th - we had to get to 15). For older kids this works better, because it's harder to get 25 ways to get an answer of 1, but everyone had to come up with a different way.

    3. allow students to create a word problem that used the numbers in the date (January 2, 2011 - students used the numbers 1, 2, and 11 somewhere in a word problem) Then we swapped out the problems and saw how quickly they could answer each other's problems.

    Just some alternative ideas.