Math Bulletin Board Ideas

Instructor: Melinda Santos
Visually-appealing math bulletin boards, especially those with interactive features, draw students' attention and create interest. Try out some of the fun math bulletin board ideas below to ignite new enthusiasm for math-related topics in your classroom.

Off the Charts

Design a bulletin board with several types of graphs correlating with different student interests and characteristics. For example, create a pie chart graphing students' favorite foods, bar graphs measuring students' favorite colors and Venn diagrams illustrating how many students have brothers, sisters or both. For a fun, personalized touch, use pictures of each student's face to represent them on each graph.

Solving Sudoku

Create several large individual Sudoku puzzles to fill a bulletin board. Attach the beginning numbers to the puzzles using Velcro, then put the remaining numbers for each puzzle in a pouch, basket or envelop attached to the bulletin board so students can use them to solve the puzzles. Change the numbers up once the puzzles have been completed, so students can continue practicing solving these fun number puzzles.

Cryptic Code

Challenge students to solve a word puzzle by finding the solutions to equations posted on the bulletin board. Think of a phrase, then create math equations to go with each letter of the phrase. Post the letters and corresponding equations on the bulletin board. Include the answers to each equation under blank spaces at the bottom of the board, making sure each answer coordinates with the correct letter and all answers are in the right order. When students solve the problem and attach the letter to the corresponding answer, the word phrase will be spelled out correctly!

Recipe Math

Cover a bulletin board with aluminum foil. Print out a recipe for chocolate chip peanut butter cookies (or any favorite cookie) and attach it to the middle of the bulletin board. Using card stock or construction paper, make six large chocolate chip cookies, each with a different number of chocolate chips (one through six). On the back of each cookie, write math-related tasks involving the recipe. Some examples include:

  • Write the recipe but double the ingredients. (This task can be repeated with students halving the ingredients as well).
  • Determine the total cost of a batch of cookies using this ingredient price list. (Create a price list for all the ingredients in the recipe and list it on the back of the cookie).
  • Make up your own cookie recipe using whatever ingredients you want. Be sure to include the amounts for each ingredient.

Laminate each cookie to make them more durable. Hand out or attach worksheets to go along with the bulletin board. Worksheets should include instructions that ask students to complete the tasks on the back of each cookie and numbered spaces with room for them to show their work. Once they turn in the assignment, you can give them a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie as a tie-in treat.

A-Maze-ing Math

Construct a maze to attach to the bulletin board, or find a large, printable maze online. Make or print a mouse character and four pieces of cheese, numbering each cheese piece. Attach a red arrow with a brass brad to each piece of cheese so the arrow can be easily moved. Place the cheese pieces at different intersections within the maze. Post an instruction sheet to the board that asks students to solve the maze by answering the questions that correspond to each piece of cheese. Include four math-related questions on the instruction sheet that, when answered correctly, will lead students through the maze. Questions can include any math concept students are learning, such as multiplying negative numbers.

Teaching Resources offers a wide selection of other useful teaching resources. In addition to lesson plans and activity ideas, you can find a variety of math-related resources at both the elementary and secondary level, including the ones listed below:

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