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Monday, December 9, 2013

Math Bulletin Boards: Let It Snow
 Get your classroom ready for winter and the new year with these snowy bulletin board ideas from Excel Math. Cover your bulletin board with white fabric, silver wrapping paper or white paper dotted with glitter glue. Use a scalloped border or holiday trim. Then line the border with greeting cards reflecting the various holidays of the season (or print smaller versions of the snowflake pattern). Even if you don't have an actual bulletin board, your math classroom can come alive with creative decorations that encourage your students to do basic math facts. Use the snowflake patterns to create basic fact problems appropriate for your students. These can include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division operations. For older students you can include a review of these basic operations as well as fractions, decimals, adding angles, finding equivalent fractions and problems with money. Let It Snow Bulletin Board from Excel Math
 Give each student a Snowflake Math page. Let your students add more math problems (one per snowflake) and cut out the patterns. Have the students print the correct answer on the back of each snowflake and sign their names. They can add glitter glue so some of the snowflakes for a sparkling effect. Punch a hole in the top of each snowflake. Let the students use ribbon or colorful yarn of varying lengths to hang the snowflakes from your classroom windows and doors. Snowflakes can also hang from the desks, bookshelves and filing cabinets in your classroom. Bring in white tissue paper, wrapping paper, or construction paper and let your students fold and cut some of their own paper snowflakes, too. (Make sure names are on the snowflakes if you decide to return them to the students at the end of January.)
 For a 3-dimensional look, hang the snowflakes from your ceiling so they dangle in front of your winter bulletin board at varying heights and depths. Encourage students to solve as many problems as they can. This can be used for bell work, an extra credit activity or just a fun way to review math facts. Add a few new math problems to some of the blank snowflakes each day. Review the correct answers with the students before adding new problems to the board. Place blank snowflake patterns in a place where the students can help themselves to the patterns and ribbon. They can copy new math problems from the board or make up their own. The final week of school, give each student his snowflakes to use as greeting cards and ornaments over the holidays. Students can take home the snowflakes and use them as flashcards to review their basic math facts as well as to decorate their holiday gift packages. How do you incorporate the holidays and math practice into your daily classroom routine? Leave a comment in the box below to let us know. Snowflake Math Patterns
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