Brighten up your classroom with colourful and engaging notice boards for math class. Notice board ideas should incorporate concepts the students are learning in a visually pleasing and educational manner. Use common classroom supplies to attach holders to the notice board to facilitate interactive activities during daily math meetings or math centre sessions.
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Create one permanent notice board for daily activities and others that focus on current textbook units and math concepts. Incorporate a math meeting notice board into daily learning tasks and lesson plans. Close textbooks for 15 minutes during class and give the students the opportunity to be actively engaged in an interactive notice board activity.
Match the activities to ongoing curriculum goals and give each student a turn to participate in updating the board during the math meeting. Alternate the notice board border on a monthly or seasonal basis to keep the style of the board from looking mundane. Math meeting notice board topics vary by age level, but typical elementary school displays relay common critical thinking, measurement and counting skills. Laminate any charts you place on the board so they can be wiped clean daily or reused in future years.
Time, Money and Temperature
Staple a cardboard clock to the notice board with a writing strip next to the clock. Have a student set the math meeting time on the clock and write the time in digital format on the strip. Pin a styrofoam cup to the board with a different amount of pretend coins in the cup daily. Students will count the coins and write the answer on a writing strip. Post a thermometer on an exterior classroom window and task a student with reading the temperature and writing the degrees on the board and adjusting the "mercury" on a cardboard thermometer attached to the board. The possible activities for the board could also include measuring, time line, story problem and math facts activities.
Story Problems and Art
Fuse creativity and writing with math class by creating a "problem of the day" notice board. Give each student a piece of construction paper and standard notebook paper. Have each student write a story problem on the front of the paper. On the back of the paper instruct the student to write the correct answer and draw a picture representing the question on the front. Staple the question onto a seasonally decorated notice board at the beginning of each class. The first student to answer the question correctly gets to turn the paper over to reveal the answer and choose the question for the next day.
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