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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Spring Bulletin Boards for the Math Classroom

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If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Perhaps colorful new bulletin board sets for your math classroom!

For a clever raindrop bulletin board, cut raindrop shapes from paper or cardboard. Print math facts on the drops and hang them from the ceiling in front of your bulletin board.

Staple an old umbrella half to the bulletin board. Hang additional raindrops from the umbrella. Letter each raindrop and let your students write down the answers during your bell work or when they finish assignments early. Prepare an answer sheet so your students can exchange papers and check their work as they finish. Let your students cut additional raindrops and add their own problems to them so you have an ongoing supply of new math problems to add to the bulletin board each week. Younger students may simply count the number of various colored raindrops hanging from the board.

Download this cute cat with umbrella pattern to include on your bulletin board or as a welcome sign for the door to your classroom. (Just add the word "Welcome" to the blank space on bottom of the poster or across the top.) Then enlarge this colorful rainbow to add across one of the walls in your room. Or cut two rainbows, glue them together, and hang the finished rainbow from your ceiling. Then teach your students the rainbow song to help them remember the order that colors appear in rainbows: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple (indigo). Sing these words to the tune of TEN LITTLE INDIANS or PAW PAW PATCH:

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple
I see a rainbow, bright, bright, bright!

 

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To encourage your students to learn to tell time, prepare a "Time for Math" bulletin board. Download and print the flower clock patterns. Glue them onto paper plates or print them onto cardboard. Then add clock hands with a paper fastener. Cut 2- to 3-inch long fringe in a 4-inch tall strip of green paper that extends the length of your bulletin board. Use a pencil to curl the ends of the fringe so it looks like a field of grass. Staple or tape several strips of fringe for a 3-D look. Add the flowers to the field.

Let the students "set" the clocks each day. Give each child a petal for each clock (match the colors). Let them print the correct time on a petal during your bell work time or at the end of the day.. Those petals that are correct can be added around the clock face to create 3-D flowers. Have the student sign his name on the petal before he glues it to the clock flower.

For extra practice telling time, give each student his own clock pattern with hands. Provde a paper fastener to poke through the center of the clock face and the hands so the hands can move freely. For younger students, tape the back of the fastener so the children don't get scratched. Download a clock pattern from our Excel Math Manipulatives page: www.excelmath.com/downloads/manipulatives.html.

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