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I have always loved the beginning of the school year. It is a time filled with excitement, and new beginnings. It is also a great opportunity to establish a strong school culture that engages and excites students about mathematics.

While on the surface, school culture seems like a purely non-academic factor, it can strongly influence students’ academic achievement. Through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), non-academic factors are now being included in statewide accountability plans. While assessments tend to be the focus when student’s academic performance is discussed; the inclusion of the non-academic factors, specifically school culture, highlights the importance of an engaging learning environment.

Being intentional and strategic in designing school culture positions students for greater academic success.

The visual environment of your classroom and schools are great places to start. How could you use bulletin boards and hallway displays to establish a school culture that embraces math?

Schools all around the country who use ST Math, a game-based visual and instructional software program, are using bulletin boards to celebrate student growth and success in mathematics. Bulletin boards are great ways to show student progress and at the same time they can be great tools to get your students thinking and communicating their learning. 

Check out these great bulletin boards from various schools with ideas on how to add interactive elements that engage students in math in ways that are approachable, exciting and meaningful!

Celebrate Success in Math

In this example, students created penguin avatars that they move from postcard to postcard as they make progress. Each postcard represents 10% progress.

Liberty Union JiJi Bulletin Board

Bulletin board display by teacher Cortni Brunty at Liberty Union-Thurston Elementary in Baltimore, Ohio

Ideas to make it interactive: As students move to a new postcard ask them to research postcard locations and create math problems based on the information. The math problems don’t need to be traditional, but can be things they would like to explore (e.g., the distance between two places, the shape of the structures in the location, etc.). 

Display Growth

Students’ names are written on airplanes that travel to the postcard's destination as they make progress in ST Math. 

Tussing Elem JiJi Bulletin Board

Bulletin board display by Viki Cooper at Tussing Elementary School in Pickerington, Ohio

Ideas to make it interactive: As students reach a new destination, have them write a “flight plan” to share areas they were stuck on and how they were able to learn from their mistake and solve the problem.

Communicate Learning

In this example, students made their own penguins and shared facts they learned about penguins.

Herbert Mills STEM JiJi Bulletin Board

Bulletin board display at Herbert Mills STEM Elementary in Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Ideas to make it interactive: Students can share strategies they are using to solve puzzles or explain the math they are learning with JiJi. They can post these on the bulletin board beside their penguin.

Create Your Own Bulletin Board

Want more bulletin board ideas? Visit our board on Pinterest, and remember to think about how you can promote school culture through your visual environment.


ST Math teachers can download the JiJi postcards on the Teacher Resource Site and create their own bulletin board!

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Top image credit: bulletin board by Holly Antonelli at Liberty Elementary in Worthington, Ohio

Below are interactive bulletin boards prepared by students in my Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics class over the past few years. For a larger photo, directions, and a worksheet for each, simply click on the one of your choice.

Although these bulletins boards were designed for specific subjects and topics, the construction and interactive ideas can be adapted to virtually any subject and topic.

by Tom Danner
Subject: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Basic Math
Topic: Review

by Stephen Lenceski
Subject: Pre-Algebra
Topic: Reflection & Symmetry

by Brooke Markle
Subject: 7th Grade Math
Topic: Number Patterns & Pascal’s Triangle

by Rick Pearce
Subject: 7th Grade Math
Topic: Ratio & Proportion; Conversion between Fractions & Decimals

by Melody Bienfang
Subject: Geometry (8th Grade)
Topic: Plotting Points & Areas of Shapes

by Jacquelyn Hanford
Subject: Algebra
Topic: Pythagorean Theorem

by Alicia Hull
Subject: Pre-Algebra or Algebra
Topic: Using Algebraic Equations; Converting Units; Mean, Median, & Mode

by Sara Karahoca
Subject: 6th Grade Math
Topic: Estimation vs Calculation; Geometry

by Christina Klucharich
Subject: Algebra 2
Topic: Radicals, Exponents, Polynomials, Matrices, & Inequalities

by Frank Kuhns
Subject: Pre-Algebra
Topic: Finding Prime Numbers

by Ron Lise
Subject: 8th Grade General Math
Topic: Evaluating Percentages Based on Data

by Jayme Mahle
Subject: 8th Grade Algebra
Topic: Order of Operations (in Equations)

by Amy Miller
Subject: Algebra 3 (Probability & Patterns)
Topic: Pascal’s Triangle

by Jon Ruppert
Subject: Algebra 1
Topic: Inequalities

by Cody Schuler
Subject: High School Math
Topic: Logic

by Rob Shields
Subject: Algebra 2
Topic: Counting Principles

. . .BINGO!

by Lizzie Shultz
Subject: Algebra
Topic: Simplifying Algebraic Fractions

by Jonathan Siswojo
Subject: Pre-Algebra
Topic: Solving Equations

by Becky Smith
Subject: Pre-Algebra
Topic: Formulating Inequalities

by Amber Snyder
Subject: 7th Grade Integrated Math
Topic: Solving Radical Equations & Simplifying Radical Expressions

by Robin Fink
Subject: Pre-Algebra
Topic: Area

by Michael Geiswhite
Subject: 12th Grade Statistics
Topic: Probability

by Audrey Gerber
Subject: Pre-Algebra
Topic: Multiples, Pascal's Triangle

by Dave Kupsis
Subject: Geometry
Topic: Construction of a Triangle

by Denise Noll
Subject: Pre-Algebra & Geometry
Topic: Circumference, Measurement, & Advanced Calculations

by Ryan O’Donnell
Subject: 8th Grade Math
Topic: Measuring & Identifying Angles

by Randy Chilcoat
Subject: 7th Grade General Math
Topic: Finding Factors of Numbers

by Angela Davis
Subject: Pre-Calculus
Topic: Logic

by Missy Ebling
Subject: 10th Grade Geometry
Topic: Area of Rectangles, Triangles, Circles, Ellipses, Spheres, and Trapezoids

by Emily Freed
Subject: Algebra I
Topic: Magic Squares

by Meghan Ghaffari
Subject: Algebra I
Topic: Multiplying Binomials Using the FOIL Method

by Hilary Haubrich
Subject: 9th Grade Geometry
Topic: Measuring Angles & Right Triangles

by Brad Ingraham
Subject: 7th or 8th Grade Pre-Algebra
Topic: Probability With and Without Replacement

by Scott Kallal
Subject: 8th Grade Algebra
Topic: Solving Quadratic Equations and Using the FOIL Method

by Mallary Kamen
Subject: 7th Grade Data Analysis
Topic: Mean, Median, and Mode

by Jeff Kerchner
Subject: Pre-Algebra/Algebra
Topic: Solving Simple Algebraic Equations

by Megan Kerr
Subject: Algebra
Topic: Stem and Leaf Plots

by Vi Nguyen
Subject: 7th Grade General Math
Topic: Metric System Conversions

by Todd O’Neill
Subject: Pre-Algebra, Geometry, or General Math
Topic: Fibonacci Sequence

by Jessica Paulas
Subject: Pre-Algebra
Topic: Probability

by Nathan Staub
Subject: 7th Grade General Math
Topic: Adding and Subtracting Decimals

by Christopher Velas
Subject: 8th Grade Statistics
Topic: Mean, Median, and Mode

by LeeAnn Watts
Subject: Probability and Statistics
Topic: Introduction to Probability

by Christy Williams
Subject: Trigonometry
Topic: Graphing in the Polar Coordinate System

by Matt Farr
Subject: Algebra/Geometry
Topic: Discovery of Patterns

by Justin Kast
Subject: Middle School Mathematics
Topic: Measurement, Computation, and Scaling

by Sasha Merkel
Subject: 8th-9th Grade General Math
Topic: Logical Reasoning in Problem Solving

by Pat Sabino
Subject: Algebra
Topic: Linear Equations

What Are The Odds?
by Stas Walerski
Subject: Algebra II
Topic: Probability

by Jen Wiand
Subject: Geometry
Topic: Volumes of Three-Dimensional Shapes

by Abby Bloss
Subject: Algebra I
Topic: Graphing Functions and then Finding the Maximum and Minimum

by Jenna DiCarlo
Subject: Pre-Algebra
Topic: Fibonacci Series

by Kelly Keenan
Subject: Algebra I
Topic: Factoring Monomials & Binomials

by Shaunna Knepp
Subject: Algebra
Topic: Writing Variable Expressions & Writing and Evaluating Equations

by Tracey Rickert
Subject: Algebra II
Topic: Distance Between Two Points, Slope of a Line, & Distance Between a Point and a Line

by Tara Smith
Subject: Trigonometry
Topic: Graphing Conics Using a Graphing Calculator

by Justin Vallone
Subject: Pre-Algebra
Topic: Multiplication of Negative Numbers

by Émilie Yorke
Subject: Algebra I
Topic: Factoring Equations

by Bob Biese
Subject: Algebra
Topic: Reducing Radicals & Fractions

by Karen Guellich
Subject: Algebra I
Topic: Sierpinski’s Triangle & Pascal’s Triangle

by Chrissy Procopio
Subject: Algebra I
Topic: Factoring & Solving Equations

by Sam Schuld
Subject: Calculus
Topic: Derivatives & Integrals

by Sara Tracy
Subject: Algebra
Topic: Problem Solving Using Egyptian Numerals

by Annette Busack
Subject: Algebra II
Topic: Probability

by Mike Dunkle
Subject: Algebra or
Topic: Solving Equations

by Ken Eicheldinger
Subject: 7th or 8th Grade General Math
Topic: Percentages

by Jamie Hill
Subject: Algebra I
Topic: Ratios & Converting Units

by Rachael Kanusky
Subject: Geometry
Topic: Area

by Ben Kettlewell
Subject: 7th Grade Math
Topic: Comparing Integers

by Chris Kavcak
Subject: General Math
Topic: Logic

by Julia Marusiak
Subject: Algebra I
Topic: Solving Equations

by Greg Mitchell
Subject: Pre-Algebra
Topic: Equations, Fractions, Decimals, & Percents

by Sara Otis
Subject: 7th Grade Math
Topic: Converting Fractions, Decimals, & Percents

by Jenny Perrin
Subject: Geometry
Topic: Areas of Polygons

by Kerry Snyder
Subject: Algebra II
Topic: Recursive Formulas for Sequences

by Caitlin Sublette
Subject: Trigonometry
Topic: Finding Trig Values

by David Finnerty
Subject: 8th Grade
General Math
Topic: Plotting Points, Angles, & Reflections

by Mollie McGeary
Subject: 7th Grade
Topic: Sum of Angles of Polygons

by Jen Slotter
Subject: Grade 6-7
General Math
Topic: Common Denominators

by Jeremy Smoyer
Subject: Algebra
Topic: Scientific Notation

by Tracey Steele
Subject: Algebra I
Topic: Concept of Function & Patterns

by Michael Tanczos
Subject: Pre-Algebra
Topic: Graphing Ordered Pairs & Slope

by Magen Winters
Subject: Geometry
Topic: Regular Tesselations


by Maureen Alexander
Subject: Algebra
Topic: Solving Quadratic Equations

by Debbie Blanchard
Subject: Advanced Algebra
Topic: Solving Equations Using Quadratic Methods

by Michael Duarte
Subject: Grade 7 Math
Topic: Assorted

by Russ Edmonds
Subject: Algebra I
Topic: Solving Quadratic Equations

by Rob Schwindt
Subject: Geometry
Topic: 2-Dimensional Shapes

by Amy Wolfe
Subject: 7th Grade Geometry
Topic: Discovering Pi

by Marty DiCicco
Subject: 7th-8th Grade Math
Topic: Data Relationships

by Lorraine Stetzel
Subject: Pre-Algebra
Topic: Skills & Concepts

by Jacque Cummings
Subject: Pre-Algebra
Topic: Circle Graphs

by Dave Stahler
Subject: Topics in Math
Topic: Personal Finance

by Dee Stankavish
Subject: Algebra I
Topic: Solving Equations

by Dan Tothero
Subject: Algebra I
Topic: Graphing Lines

by Ellen Navitsky
Subject: Geometry
Topic: Surface Area

by Sarah Melcher
Subject: General Math
Topic: History of Math

by Tiffany Angstadt
Subject: General Math
Topic: Basic Operations

by Keri Jeanes
Subject: Algebra I
Topic: Polynomials

by Carly Moyer
Subject: Algebra I
Topic: One-Step Equations

by Jesse Whitehouse
Subject: Pre-Algebra
Topic: Assorted Calculations

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Math Bulletin Boards

Do you love to decorate your math classroom as much as I do? Who says a math classroom has to be academic and boring? Not me! Here are some of my favorite math bulletin boards. You can use these bulletin boards for reference, get to know you activities, and to share your passion for math!

Let’s talk about my favorite bulletin board first! Alright, this is the math reference bulletin board that I have up every year. Sometimes, I put it up slowly and introduce each piece as I need it in the curriculum and sometimes I just have it up right from the start. I put a table in front of this bulletin board and use it as a station in my math workshop. The students who sit at that station usually need a few extra reminders or their notes may be a little messy. Anyway, you want to check it out? HERE is the free PEMDAS part of the bulletin board.

Next up, this Elements of Math board! It is just a fun way to start the year. I have it on the bulletin board right outside my classroom. It sparks a lot of conversations as the students read through the math terminology and ask questions about what some of the words mean. This would be great in a middle school math classroom but also a great addition to an elementary school room. I have it displayed in my 5th grade classroom.

The dreaded question, “when will I ever use this in my life?!” Well, this math career bulletin board helps answer that question for you! There are 50 different careers that are displayed on the paper airplanes! Here are some examples:

  • Scientists use math to graph and analyze data
  • Teachers use math to inspire the next generation of mathematicians
  • Cryptographers use math to encode and decode data
  • Floral Designers use math to make sure the ratio of flowers is proportional

Do you need a get to know you activity for the first week of school? I have you covered with the My Number Story bulletin board. I use this every year as a way of teaching my math procedures. The students will have to answer a number of questions about themselves and put the answer in the designated part of the flag. I have the task cards around the classroom and we can work on transitions, time management, rotations, following directions, etc. And the bonus is the students are able to socialize and get to know each other in their small groups. Then, I have the students either introduce themselves to a small group or I have a student introduce someone else to the class!

All of these bulletin boards can be found HERE.

What other math bulletin boards are you looking for to display in your math classroom?

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Classroom bulletin boards can be a terrific way to show off your style as a teacher. If you really want to engage your students, take things a step further and try some of these interactive bulletin boards. Kids can get up out of their seats and immersed in the learning experience, even while socially distancing. Just make sure they use their own supplies. We’ve gathered examples for every subject and level, so find some inspiration and get started!

1. Create a classroom bookshelf.

Encourage independent reading and strengthen reading fluency skills with this bulletin board that students can color after they’ve finished reading books.

Source:The Secondary English Coffee Shop

2. Host a morning brain boost.

With this bulletin board students get to create questions to an answer you provide.

Source:Teach Starter

3. Invite students to brag a little.

InteractiveBulletin Boards Miss DeCarbo IG

Create a simple, colorful grid that students can use to display their best work for all to see. Add their names, if you like, or leave it blank, but encourage every student to display something regularly.

Source:Miss DeCarbo/Instagram

4. Create an earth science tactile board.

Use rubber bands to match the terms (also marked with push pins) with the parts.

Source:Kutztown University

5. Invite students to change their perceptions.

This interactive board allows the students the opportunity to think about their fellow classmates and to see how much they actually know about each other.

Source:Inside Bodine

6. Teach various math terms.

Students can learn how to solve math word problems with this interactive board.

Source:Two Sisters Teach

7. Pit music against poetry.

Poetry can be a hard sell for some kids. Help them relate to it by challenging them to determine if quotes are by a famous poet or a famous pop group. They’ll be surprised by the answers!

Source:Mrs. Orman’s Classroom

8. Create a coloring corner.

Interactive bulletin boards don’t have to take a lot of time or effort. Just pin up a giant coloring poster and have students use their crayons or markers to color. Coloring is a well-known anti-stress activity, plus it can actually help focus the mind on the subject at hand.

Source:Cynthia Platou/Twitter

9. Provide a place for burning questions.

Interactive Bulletin Boards Kate's Science Classroom

Also known as a “parking lot,” interactive bulletin boards like these give kids a low-key way to ask questions they have about material you’re covering. Look it over daily to see what you might need to review or save questions to be answered in a future lesson. Remove the sticky notes as you respond to them.

Source:Kate’s Science Classroom Cafe

10. Challenge them with Sudoku.

Need something for kids to do when they finish a little early? Sudoku interactive bulletin boards might be the answer! Learn how to set one up at the link below.

Source:Activity After Math

11. Practice compare and contrast concepts.

Interactive Bulletin Board Lauren Kim IG

Did someone say giant Venn diagram? I’m in! Post any two items you want students to compare and contrast, and have them write their answers on sticky notes to fill in the diagram.

Source:Laura Kim/Instagram

12. Try a thinking tug-of-war.

Prepare for opinion writing by having students show their thinking on a tug-of-war bulletin board. These are easy to prep and can be used over and over again with different questions.

Source:The Good Life

13. Use QR codes to spark curiosity.

Interactive Bulletin Boards Study All Knight

Bring interactive bulletin boards into the digital age with QR codes. In this example, quotes from famous women are displayed on the wall. Students can scan the free-to-generate QR code with their phones or tablets to learn more about each one. This idea can be adapted for so many different subjects!

Source:Study All Knight

14. Bring on the Boggle math.

Game-based learning has so many benefits. This Boggle math board is based on the classic letter game, with a numbers twist. Learn how to play at the link below.

Source:The Routty Math Teacher

15. Craft a color-sorting bulletin board.

Little ones love interactive bulletin boards. Paint empty paper towel tubes with bright colors and set them up with coordinating buckets and pom-poms. Kids get hand-eye-coordination practice by dropping the right pom-poms through the tubes.

Source:Play to Learn Preschool

16. Get to know literary genres.

Interactive Bulletin Boards Buck and Chuck

Lift-the-flap cards can be used for so many different interactive bulletin boards. This board helps kids identify literary genres with examples and descriptions.

Source:Buck & Chuck

17. Build a giant word search.

Word searches are an engaging way to practice spelling and vocabulary. You can change up this board to match new subjects throughout the year.

Source:The Corner on Character

18. Attract their eyes with an I spy board.

Interactive Bulletin Boards Lauralee Chambers IG

Grab your hot glue gun and get to work! This board provides the perfect opportunity to play a quick game of I spy when you have a few spare minutes at the end of class.


19. Find out what they’re thankful for.

This is an easy idea for a fall bulletin board. On the back of each card, have a student write what they’re thankful for. Each day, turn one over and share. (Find more fall bulletin board ideas here.)

Source:Teacher Blogspot

20. Take what you need, give what you can.

You’ll find examples of interactive bulletin boards like this one all over Pinterest. The concept is basic: Post notes with encouraging and kind words on a board for students to grab when they need to be lifted up. Provide paper for them to add their own kind words for others too.

Source:Pinterest/Take What You Need

21. Turn a paper roll into an interactive Q&A station.

The terrific thing about interactive bulletin boards made with rolls of paper is that they’re easy to switch up. Learn how to make this board (this teacher used a door, but it would work for a bulletin board too) at the link below.

Source:Oh Boy, It’s Farley

22. Post a read-aloud board.

Experience a read-aloud book together by posting the characters, problem, setting, and solution as you read. When you’re done with the book, have the kids write their favorite part on sticky notes to share. (See more creative ways to use sticky notes in the classroom here.)

Source:Kidd + Kids

23. Make a mitten match board.

Help little ones learn letters, numbers, sight words, and more with a cute and fun interactive matching board.

Source:Play to Learn Preschool/Instagram

24. Put a pin in the map while you read.

Interactive Bulletin Boards Scholastic

Show students how books open up the world. Post a country or world map and have them put a pin in any location mentioned in the books they read.


25. Win the day with word games.

Words With Friends has made Scrabble games popular again. Set up a board with letter cards and let students battle it out for the highest score. Bonus points for using a vocabulary word!

Source:Pinterest/Words With Friends

26. Get reading recommendations from fellow students.

The teacher who created this board says, “Students use sticky notes to write the title, author, and genre of the book they’re reading. They use dry-erase markers each day to update the page they’re on and their rating (out of 5 stars). This will let me see how much kids are reading and give students a place to refer to when looking for new book recommendations.”

Source:Third Grade Swag/Instagram

27. Set up a bucket filler board.

When you “catch” students being kind, give them a “warm fuzzy” pom-pom to put in their bucket. Periodically empty the individual buckets into a class bucket to work toward a reward. (Learn more about the bucket filler concept here.)

Source:Little Mrs. Preschool

28. Spark joy in your students.

Such a simple concept—spell out a word in large letters and have students fill it with their thoughts on that word. You can easily change this out to fit seasons or subjects.

Source:Paulette Metivier/Pinterest

29. Measure angles on a paper pool table.

Have students place paper pool balls on the table, then calculate the angles they’d need to shoot in order to pocket the ball using a protractor and string.

Source:Ryan O’Donnell/Kutztown University

30. Give them a space to “tweet” all about it.

Interactive Bulletin Boards Life in Fifth Grade

Social media is everywhere these days, including classrooms. Create a Twitter wall where students “tweet” the answer to a question, using laminated sentence strips and dry-erase markers.

Source:Life in Fifth Grade

31. Craft a reader’s choice board.

Find out which books are hits and which are misses with reader’s choice interactive bulletin boards. Kids can move their picture to show how they felt about a specific book.


32. Put together a pushpin poetry board.

Interactive Bulletin Boards Res Life Crafts

It’s like magnetic poetry, but using a bulletin board instead! Cut out words and provide a container of pins. Students do the rest.

Source:Residence Life Crafts

33. Encourage random acts of kindness.

Interactive Bulletin Boards Green Pride

Post a series of envelopes with random acts of kindness ideas inside. Students draw a card and complete the act, then post a pic if they like.

Source:The Green Pride

34. Recognize new classmates by playing peekaboo.

Post a pic of the student under a flap with their name on it to help students learn their classmates’ names and faces. This is geared toward younger kids but could be tweaked for older students, too.

Source:Play to Learn Preschool/Instagram

35. Plot points on a big Cartesian plane.

Give students practice plotting points and finding the area of shapes on a Cartesian plane. Use fun pushpins to jazz it up!

Source:Melody Bienfang/Kutztown University

Need more bulletin board ideas? Try these 20 science bulletin boards or these 19 magical Harry Potter boards.

Want to know what makes a bulletin board easy and effective? Check out these tips.

35 Interactive Bulletin Boards That Will Engage Students at Every Level


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42 Amazing Math Bulletin Board Ideas For Your Classroom

Math is one of the core subjects taught at all grade levels. It’s also one of those subjects where students need visuals to help them learn and retain information. That’s where math bulletin boards come in! Create a few visually appealing math-themed boards to remind your students of math concepts in a fun, eye-pleasing, memory-making way.

Here are over 42 fun math bulletin boards!

1. List problem-solving strategies

Students learn numerous strategies for problem-solving. Create a bulletin board reminding students of all these strategies. When homework or test time comes around, students can simply glance at the bulletin board to remind them to draw a picture, to figure out a subtraction problem, or make a list to find the answer to a word problem.

2. Make it scientific

A periodic table to elements doesn’t have to stay in the science classroom! Create a table of math elements to remind students what each part of a problem is. Not only is this visually appealing, but it will help students remember important math vocabulary, including types of angles and shapes, decimals, and the different terms in geometry.

3. Teach math language

There are many terms associated with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division that students need to know and remember when reading math problems from their textbook. A table of math language on a bulletin board can be just the thing to help get these terms into their brains. Separate the board into four sections and hang up those key terms. When students see them on a math problem, the board will help them remember what method they need to use to solve the problem.

4. Make a word wall

Word walls are typically used to teach spelling and vocabulary words, but they can be useful in teaching math terms as well. If your math class is learning about fractions, hang up decorations related to those key math terms. Add some visual aids and your students will find learning a new and tricky concept much easier and more fun.

5. Show that math is useful

Teachers have all heard the old, “What will I ever use this for?” lamentation in response to hard math. Create a bulletin board showing how useful math is in all areas of life. Choose several professions or activities and write a short description of how math is used. You’ll see the lightbulbs going off as students realize just how important math really is.

6. Tell a number story

Make a kid-centered bulletin board by having students create their own number stories. This can be a great get-to-know-you activity at the beginning a new math class. It also gives students a visual way to introduce themselves with numbers.

7. Use a math-themed alphabet

All primary school teachers have an alphabet posted somewhere in their classroom. Why not use a math-themed alphabet? Students will still have access to an alphabet, but they will also learn the definitions of 26 math concepts.

8. Go on a treasure hunt

Create a math-themed treasure hunt, such as adding and subtracting fractions or adding and subtracting money. As students solve problems, they will get closer to the treasure, which could be a fun math activity as a class or a little extra recess.

9. Do an art project

Teach math concepts with a fun art project in place of book work. Robots, for example, can be used to teach how to find the area of a shape in an entertaining and visual way. It’s more fun and more likely that kids will remember the lesson. These math bulletin boards are so fun and visually appealing!

10. Set some math goals

Ring in the new year or start a new school year by having your students make some math resolutions. Perhaps they want to memorize all the multiplication facts or become better at fractions. Create a fun party-themed bulletin board celebrating all these future accomplishments.

11. Tell some jokes

Kids love jokes, and they love to laugh, so incorporate some math jokes into a bulletin board for some added classroom fun. Even better – use math jokes that also teach or reinforce a math concept you’ve already taught.

12. Use candy

Replace the actual name of a package of candy with a math pun leading students to the answer. Hang up the new and math improved candy wrappers on a bulletin board. Students will have a ton of fun trying to figure out what kind of candy each one is.

13. Make a math word game

Create a game that encourages students to find key math terms hidden in a puzzle of letters. Take the lesson even further by having students write the definitions or show an example of each word they find.

14. Show place value

Place value is one of those math concepts that is tricky to remember because students must go backwards instead of forward as they might when solving other math equations. A bulletin board that colorfully illustrates place value is a great way to help students learn and remember this tricky math concept.

15. Make wanted posters

This is a great bulletin board for teaching geometrical concepts. Students choose a shape and then create a wanted poster describing that shape. The posters will become a learning guide for the other students. Kids are much more likely to recall the characteristics of each shape this way versus simply reading the definitions from a math book.

16. Track student progress

Set up a bulletin board that keeps track of student progress as they memorize their addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division facts. Once all the students have mastered their facts, the class can celebrate with an ice cream party. Talk about fun!

17. Display art arrays

Arrays can be a visually stunning way to teach students how to multiply. Instead of simply having students draw circles or squares, however, turn the task into an art project. Create arrays that look like windows on high rise buildings and create math bulletin boards of downtown scenes. Or use donut shapes and have students make arrays filling boxes with donuts. In addition to being fun, these visual images will stick with students as they do their multiplication homework.

18. Make mistakes

The old saying tells us that mistakes are proof we are trying, but students rarely enjoy making those mistakes. Instead, you make the mistakes! Hang up several math problems on a bulletin board and see if students can find the mistakes. Once students find the them, encourage them to solve the problem correctly.

19. Use pictures

Teach hard math concepts, such as the Pythagorean theorem, using pictures. Even older students enjoy the chance to draw and color, and this can be combined with solving the actual problem as well. Once complete, the pictures can hang on a bulletin board to help teach other students how to solve similar problems.

20. Make it a challenge

Set up a math challenge on a bulletin board. Students will complete a series of tasks to solve the problem. As they solve, they can color or get clues to solve one last tricky math equation. Students will love to do math with this engaging bulletin board!

21. Show an example

Remind students of the method for solving a new concept, such as long division, with a large example on a bulletin board. Break the problem down into steps and use key terms to help students remember how to solve equations.

22. Practice telling time

Post several clocks on a bulletin board that tell students what time different subjects and activities begin. This is a great way for students to practice recognizing time, and it can also prevent those “how long until…” questions!

23. Celebrate great work

Instead of a refrigerator to display excellent work, create “The Fridge” on a bulletin board. Allow students to hang math assignments or tests they are especially proud of on the board. Even better – you choose a few great examples and praise those students for their hard work.

24. Teach math talk

Teach students how to talk themselves through hard math problems by putting questions they can ask on display. Often, thinking about different ways to figure out an answer is all it takes to encourage students to keep working until they are successful.

25. Give them the answer

Create a bulletin board showcasing your students’ word problem solving skills. Give each students a blank word problem drawing and writing page with an answer written on it. Students will then create a word problem that gets them to the answer provided.

26. Make a giant timeline

Reinforce the concept of telling time by having students make clocks on paper plates to create a timeline of the day. Each paper plate will show a time that the class does something, such as go to recess or have math class. Students can also illustrate what the students are doing at each time.

27. Hang some memes

Kids love memes! There are so many math memes out there, and you can use them to create fun math bulletin boards. Invite students to find and bring in memes to add to the board.

28. Make reference rings

Put together some little reference cards showing students the steps in a certain type of problem or defining key math terms. When students get stuck on a problem, they can grab a reference ring to help them figure it out.

29. Have kids make it

Who says you have to make all the bulletin boards? Give students a subject, such as patterns, and have them create a board. Research suggests that when kids teach a concept, they are much more likely to remember it. It’s a win-win – you save time creating the board, and the students remember what you’ve taught them!

30. Play Sudoku

This number strategy game is a great way to build in some extra math practice. Hang a large sudoku grid on a bulletin board and allow students to make a move when they have a few minutes of free time.

31. Show that math can be magic

Hang up some math concepts that seem quite magical! In addition to being eye-catching, students will also learn a lot about math concepts that only look tricky. Once they understand the magic, the problems will be a lot easier to solve.

32. Use cute pictures

A cute bulletin board is sure to catch the attention of your students. Using fun graphics will entice students to look at the board, and, while they are looking, they will also be learning!

33. Make it hands-on

Reinforce addition with a hands-on math problem. Perhaps you’ll use marshmallows in hot cocoa or conversation hearts in February. Give students an addition problem and have them solve it using the hands-on manipulatives. Then they can glue them onto a picture, and you’ll have an easy and fun bulletin board.

34. Uncover hidden math

There are so many math rules that can trick up your students. Reveal those hidden concepts with math bulletin boards. The students will be able to use the bulletin board as a resource during math class, which will boost their overall understanding of those tricky math concepts.

35. Find math in nature

Take a few pictures of math in nature, such as a number made from leaves or rocks or a geometrical shape in the clouds. Invite students to find math in nature, take a picture, and bring it in to add to your nature math bulletin board.

36. Make shape monsters

Showing flashcards is one way to teach 2D shapes, but a fun art project is a more effective way to ensure your students remember the lesson. Have students create shape monsters using several different shapes. Students should describe their monsters to the rest of the class using the names of the shapes they created. Hang the monsters on a bulletin board to help students remember what they’ve learned.

37. Remind students to check their work

Much of math is going back and checking work to make sure students have reached the correct answer. Use something relevant to students, such as a selfie, to help them remember the steps to checking their work properly. Chances are this bulletin board will result in more careful work from your students!

38. Put it on the floor

Don’t limit yourself to bulletin boards on the wall. Instead, create a practice hopscotch board on the floor for students to work on math concepts. They can hop fractions from 0 to 1 or hop as they skip count by 2s, 5s, or 10s. Whatever they are practicing will be more fun and engaging because they get to jump while they do it.

39. Give them a true or false mission

Provide students with a number and several math problems. Their job is to figure out which math problems result in the number you’ve given them, and which ones don’t. Display their work on the board to show the many ways their number can be reached.

40. Keep track of data

Keeping track of your students’ data doesn’t have to be boring. It doesn’t have to be kept in a notebook either! Instead, post the grids and graphs on a bulletin board and have students color in their sections as they reach their math goals and objectives. You’ll be able to quickly see your students’ progress and your classroom will look extra beautiful at the same time!

41. Give a math-themed reminder

Teach students other things, such as kindness, using math-themed bulletin boards. A giant calculator can be the starting point for any number of reminders, such as “Calculate Kindness.”

42. Show off what students can do

Give your students eye-pleasing, fun templates and have them solve problems right on them. Once the kids color them or add accents, you’ll have ready-made bulletin board pieces that both look good and show how awesome and smart your students are!

Math bulletin boards make any classroom more fun and enjoyable. You can make math come alive with these ideas – or use them to spark new ideas to make math more fun for your students!

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42 Amazing Math Bulletin Board Ideas For Your Classroom
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Math Focus Bulletin Board

Do you have a Math Focus Board in your classroom? Over the years, I have had several different math boards, but never one that encompassed everything I truly needed. After several requests from some of our Magic of Math teachers, I decided to create a Math Bulletin Board to share with you! I did create this with our Magic of Math curriculum in mind, but I also think it could work for anyone. Let me show you the board and what it includes before you download your FREEBIE!

Math Focus Board

The math bulletin board includes a banner that says “The Magic of Math” and bulletin board headers for different things you might want to display relating to your math content. You can see here that I chose to display the Objective, Vocabulary, Math Tips (for math focus posters), Activities, Math Games, and left a space for Math Anchor Charts.

Plugging in the Content

Then I just plugged in the content for one week of math. This board focuses on 2 Digit Addition without Regrouping. I printed off the things from our 2nd Grade Magic of Math Unit 2 and displayed under the bulletin board headers.

Displaying Math Objectives

I don’t know about your admin, but around here most expect that teachers display the objectives for the week. I used the I Can Statements from our curriculum along with the vocabulary. I love how you can see all of the major focuses in one place. You could even add dry erase pockets or plastic sleeves so that you can easily slip the digital posters in and out.

The great thing about this bulletin board download is there are options to print in colored ink or black ink. If you choose the black and white templates you can print on colored paper that matches your classroom vibe!

Please Note: The download includes the banner and the headers. The weekly content is not included in the freebie.

The Math Curriculum

To find out more about Magic of Math click HERE! You can find the curriculum below:

1st Grade Magic of Math

2nd Grade Magic of Math

3rd Grade Magic of Math

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