Help! I am new and overwhelmed....all the great ideas I had before I started teaching, I don't know where they went. I can't think of anything right now.... This is for the bulletin board outside my room. Prin wants math, she mentioned Venn..... we're also working on fractions right now. I know I'd like to include graphic organizers of Venn, pics of students working on their venns,......and for the big display of the Venn....I'd like 2 hula hoops (saw that in another teacher's room at another school) I just can't think of a topic....this is 5th grade. Favorite candy? or what? Thanks, I am drowning.

Do you like turkey or ham or both (thankgiving meats). football, baseball, or both regular potatoes, sweet potatoes or both

I was thinking of the ham & turkey.... I was also thinking mashed potatoes or scalloped...but sweet is better.

You could do a Venn Diagram on similarities and differences of just about anything. More than likely it should be about something your 5th graders enjoy. I've noticed they are more into projects on things they enjoy. I would bring two different kinds of cookies to school on a party day, and give both kinds to each student. They could decide if they like one or the other, or even both. Hope this helps. I enjoyed reading everyone else's opinion.

Cats vs. dogs Small dogs vs. big dogs Vanilla vs. chocolate Winter vs. summer Anything at all. Graph the results in all the various ways you can do so, besides the Venn. Then, show results as fractions - Ex: 15/25 students prefer vanilla over chocolate; this can be reduced to 3/5. If the numbers work out, you could list the students' names in your class, separate them into groups of 5, and circle the 3 out of the 5 that preferred vanilla. Depending on your class size and results, this could be very instructive. Even if the fractions aren't too workable, there are lots of ways to work with them on this project. You could even challenge another class to see if their results for the same question are similar to yours. Do 3 out of 5 kids in _______ class prefer vanilla? It sounds like fun.

You guys are the best! Thanks for the ideas...I think I know what I'll do now. Upsadaisy, I appreciate those extra detail and activities to do. I know the prin will want to see as much detail as possible, so that's a big help.

Just in case any secondary math teachers stumble across this thread, here's a quiz I gave last month using Venn Diagrams: As they exited the Magic Kingdom at Disney World, guests were surveyed as to their favorite rides. Of the 280 people surveyed, 100 said Pirates of the Carribean 90 said Splash Mountain 140 said Space Mountain 80 said Pirates of the Carribean and Space Mountain 60 said Space Mountain and Splash Mountain 60 said Space Mountain and Splash Mountain 50 said Pirates of the Carribean, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain How many people of the people surveyed said some other ride?