The most stimulating learning environment is a wonderland of images, colour, questions and surprises. The best display work comes from the pupils themselves and this page contains plenty of ideas to get you started.
Aim for a mixture of styles and content. Some displays can be a celebration of achievement while others can be practical visual aids for teaching.
Remember these mathematical words for their shape and movement.
Can you make a kite shape from a single A4 size sheet of paper using only three folds?
Investigate the properties of the Mystic Rose by using this interactive diagram.
Show that no more than four colours are required to colour the regions of the map or pattern so that no two adjacent regions have the same colour.
Practical mathematical skills are required to work out how to construct these three dimensional items from paper.
Follow the precise instructions to create the ever-growing fractal mosaic pattern.
Investigate polygons with an area of 4 square units. This is your starting point, you can decide how to proceed. Perhaps squared paper or an online pinboard may help.
Name the polygons and show the number of lines and order of rotational symmetry.
Sort the coloured snakes in a logical order. This activity introduces systematic listing.
Create factor trees to find the prime factors of the given numbers.
Don't let your brain be fooled by these geometric optical illusions in this online quiz.
Name the polygons and other geometrical shapes that make up the Polygon People.
Find all of the possible ways of making the magic total from the numbers in this four by four magic square.
The traditional fraction wall diagram showing the relationship between simple fractions.
A series of tangram challenges in increasing order of difficulty.
Drag the shapes onto the canvas to create tessellating patterns and investigate the laws of tessellations.
Make more of analogies to help remember mathematical concepts.
Hang out the washing on the line so that the probability words on the t-shirts are in order.
Arrange the twelve pentominoes in the outline of a rectangle.
Practise finding equivalent fractions numerically and in fraction diagrams.
Pupils are not allowed to use their hands to point but must describe fully any shapes they can see in this picture.
Flood fill the regions of the Venn diagrams according to the given statements.
Manipulate the Lissajou curve to produce a perfectly symmetrical (vertically and horizontally) infinity symbol.
Even before they have learned to use them, nicely presented formulas will be remembered by pupils forever!
Negative numbers crop up again and again in mathematics lessons. A large number line over the whiteboard is a must.
Drawing pictures, creating cartoons and taking funny photographs are very effective ways of remembering the difficult multiplication facts.
Creating or examining gift wrapping paper reveals a branch of mathematics on frieze patterns.
There are plenty more ideas for display work on the Transum website. See also our Vocabulary Lesson Starters page
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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