# So I am thinking about doing a "Math" classroom theme for next year. Any cool ideas?

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1. ### PeachynessVirtuoso

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Since I teach only math (2nd to 6th graders), I decided I want to a theme around math. I'm not incredibly creative, however. I was thinking about putting up pictures of men and women mathematicians. I also want to put up a math BB that relates math to pretty much any career. I guess I just need you creative people to get my brain rolling here.

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You could go to the dollar store and buy flash cards and use them as border for your bulletin boards...I saw this in a class and it was really cute.

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cute! See, I need you guys for these cute, simple ideas.

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When I had a homeroom, I always had a "Math Code" bulletin board. I divided it into 4 sections, one for each operation, and filled in the sections with key words and phrases relating to the operations--sum, product, difference, how many altogether, how many more, etc.

I also had a challenge problem posted each week--logic problem, brain teaser, etc. The students would put their solutions into an envelope and every Friday I drew one paper out--if the answer was correct, the student won a small prize (gummy bear, piece of licorice, sticker on a sticker chart, pencil, etc)

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I put up a Problem of the Week on my bulletin board. It's normallly something fun- a brain teaser sort of problem.

It's typed onto one sheet of paper, with the solution on another, facing back to back. They both go into a plastic sheet protector that's stapled onto the board.

So the kids can read the puzzle, work it out, then check their answers (Or just cheat... some do. But that's OK-- they're at least seeing how it would be done!)

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Just a few thoughts: if you have a place for them to take things from call it the "subtract" bin and if you have a turn in bin call it the "add" bin.

I would number all the areas in your room with big and different numbers like ordinal, roman numeral, etc.

Maybe you can name the different areas of the room some sort of math term, measurement mile, fraction station, number alley, etc.

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9. ### PeachynessVirtuoso

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Thanks guys!!!! Keep them coming. I am definitely liking these ideas.

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If you had a board that post student's work, you can title it "Math~nificent Work"

11. ### Pencil MonkeyDevotee

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You could have a mathematician of the week. Or you could have a "Mathopoly" board as part of some type of incentive.

12. ### AliceaccMultitudinous

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How about something with a thermometer, and each day's projected temerature? You could do Celcius on one side, and Farenheit on the other. I bet at some point the kids will get curious.

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Off the top of my head:

A welcome board reading: "This is going to be "SUM" Year!"

A "math is everywhere" board that shows things like scoreboards, catalogs, recipes, etc. Allow kids to add to it.

If your rooms are numbered, create a sign for the door that shows your room # as an equation. For example, I am in room 11 so I could do Room 4+5+2.

I would absolutely include a math vocabulary word wall. I can't remember where, but there are sites that have images to go with the definitions.

Have fun!

14. ### PeachynessVirtuoso

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I found this last night.

15. ### MaryhfConnoisseur

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I like the "real world" math idea. Take photos this summer of numbers being used in the real world. I always took photos of words that are spelled wrong for language arts.

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17. ### MissScrimmageEnthusiast

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Thanks for sharing! I think I will have a math word wall next year.

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for the word wall for younger grades you could also put more basic words up there like, sum, take away, plus, minus, subtraction, addition, triangle, square, circle, hexagon, octagon, diamond, polygon, pentagon, decagon, nonagon, rectangle.
Also some other math words I thought of: add the opposite, isoceles triangle, equilateral triangle, obtuse angle, right angle, equation, solution, right triangle, congruent, square root, and squared, perimeter, volume

19. ### PeachynessVirtuoso

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I just found this. I actually really like these math words too.

20. ### PeachynessVirtuoso

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And I found these math vocab words too for different grades!

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