Math Word Walls: Ideas & Vocabulary

Instructor: Nicky Davis
Though vocabulary and mathematics may not seem to go together initially, a math word wall can be incredibly helpful for students just starting out with new math concepts. Check out this article for ideas for math word walls, along with suggested vocabulary.

Ideas for Math Word Walls

Below are different topic ideas for word walls in the math classroom. Along with each idea, find suggested vocabulary for that topic, and helpful study resources for students in each subject.

Geometry Word Wall

A geometry word wall can help students begin connecting geometric vocabulary with the shapes themselves. Try cutting the shapes out of construction paper and writing the names of the shape on them.

Geometry Vocabulary Ideas

  • Square
  • Triangle
  • Rectangle
  • Pentagon
  • Hexagon
  • Circle

Encourage students to brush up on shapes with this course that offers basic geometry review through video lessons and interactive quizzes.

Math Operations Word Wall

Within basic arithmetic, there are myriad words to describe simple mathematic operations. Help students keep those words in order with an operations word wall. Divide the vocabulary into sections, with words for each operation grouped together. This wall will be particularly useful for students when solving word problems.

Operations Vocabulary Ideas

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Sum
  • Product
  • Quotient
  • Difference

Check out this chapter for help with basic math review, and go over foundational arithmetic using whole numbers.

Measurements Word Wall

Learning how to measure and then determine area and volume is an important part of any math curriculum. Similar to a geometry word wall, a measurements word wall can provide visual cues and definitions for students as they begin learning the new vocabulary.

Measurement Vocabulary Ideas

  • Foot
  • Inch
  • Yard
  • Volume
  • Area
  • Perimeter

Take a look at this lesson on units of measurement to refresh your memory of different types of measurements, and their scales.

Number Sets Word Wall

A word wall is a great place to introduce different groupings of numbers. If you include number words, you can create activities where students match numbers to sets, such as odds, evens, or prime numbers.

Number Set Vocabulary Ideas

  • Odds
  • Evens
  • Prime
  • Multiples of 2
  • Square Numbers
  • Whole Numbers

This introductory chapter on numbers for kids will help students master their understanding of numbers, with fun games that review and solidify essential numbers topics.

Statistics Word Wall

When studying statistics and probability, vocabulary can be confusing. Creating a word wall may be useful for keeping different statistical terms straight. Try creating visual hints at the meanings of terms, like mode and median, to give students visual cues through the word wall.

Statistical Vocabulary

  • Mean
  • Mode
  • Median
  • Average
  • Range
  • Array

Review fundamentals of statistics in this chapter on basic statistics, with lessons on topics such as arrays and range.