
Friday, September 9, 2016
Fall Bulletin Boards for the Math Classroom
Pumpkin Patch Addition Bulletin Board

As fall approaches, here are some colorful new bulletin board sets for your math classroom!
Now that school is back in session, bulletin boards can help display information and add a touch of creativity to your classroom. Even if you start with a basic board or just a wall, you can easily modify it every month or two to reflect the changing seasons and holidays.
You may want to place one of the the bulletin board displays on your classroom door or in the hallway just outside your room so it will catch the children's interest as they enter.
If you don't actually have a bulletin board in your classroom, use part of a wall or the side of a filing cabinet. You can even hang decorations from your ceiling.
Some simple seasonal bulletin board ideas are shown below. Check back in a month or two for more. Click on the links to download patterns for each bulletin board. Use foam or small pieces of folded cardboard to give a 3D effect to the displays. 

For a tactile board, use cotton balls for clouds, fabric for the backdrop, straw under the pumpkins to form hay bales and textured borders cut from corrugated cardboard, aluminum foil and fabric. If you're short on time, purchase precut borders with seasonal patterns.
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Pumpkin Bulletin Board
Design your bulletin board as a pumpkin patch of math problems for the fall season. Print out the pumpkin patterns below. On each pumpkin write math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, fractions) or whatever concepts you're studying.

Pumpkin Poster


Leave some pumpkins blank. You may want to enlarge some pumpkins and tape them to the wall so they appear to sit on your floor.
Laminate the blank pumpkins so students can write their answers on the blanks and then wipe them off and start again the next day.
You can create fall leaves the same way. Cut them from construction paper, laminate them and let the students write ther answers on the back.
Print several pumpkin posters, including the ones above and left, to decorate your classroom walls.
Let your students solve the pumpkin problems for bell work as they begin work in your classroom or as they finish their Guided Practice, for extra credit. 
Copy the Pumpkin Patterns and Base Ten Cards for your students so each child has one of each worksheet page. Have the students cut out the smaller pumpkins and the Base Ten Cards.
You may want to provide envelopes for storing the pieces so they can be reused.
Make sure students put their names on the envelopes. Let them take home the cards and envelopes in November with game instructions so they can continue playing with their family members and friends.
Pumpkin Base Ten Cards
Now have the students use their Base Ten Cards to solve some basic fact problems. Begin by telling your students the following story: Emma had 4 buttons. Ethan had 7 buttons. How many buttons did they have together?
Have two students come to the front of the room and count out the number of buttons mentioned. Ask the students how they would find the total. Point out that they should begin adding with the larger number.
They could then count on: Ethan has 7 buttons, Emma has 8, 9, 10, 11. Or if they remember that 7 + 3 = 10, they could group together the 10 buttons and add one more for a total of 11.
Now tell the story using pumpkins instead of buttons. Ask the students which pumpkin card they could use to find the answer.

Click the image for the pumpkin patterns

Click the image for the base ten cards

Pumpkin Base Ten Addition
Some students may choose the card that shows 4 pumpkins. Talk about which number would be easiest to start with. (the largest, which is 7)
Ask the students how many more pumpkins they will need to be able to show the word problem with their cards. (4 more if they chose the 7 card)
Do a few word problems in this way, modeling them with the students and pumpkin patterns and again with the Base Ten Cards.
If you have time, let your students make up their own stories.
Then give everyone a pumpkin cookie or muffin treat (make sure none of your students have allergies to the food).
When you bring out the Base Ten Cards on future days, alternate using buttons, pumpkin patterns, and dried pumpkin seeds as counters.
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