Bulletin Board for High School Math
4FOURS Bulletin Board
Oh no... you need a bulletin board and you need it fast!
I found myself in that situation last semester and was void of any bright ideas.
Remembering a challenge I saw during an internet search, I decided to incorporate the challenge into an interactive bulletin board.
VOILA... the 4 Fours Challenge Bulletin Board was created.
This board can be quickly put up and since the majority of it relies on student input, it goes up incomplete. Over the course of a few weeks students provide the math that makes it meaningful.
Here is how it is done....
Directions to make the 4FOURS board:
I like to start my boards by finding the design elements and then letting what I find dictate the background, border and poster colors.
For this particular board I found the polka-dot banner and plates in the Dollar Store. The party section is a great place to get bulletin board parts. For this board, I cut circles from the plates to mimic the dotted theme, but you could just mount the plates as circles.
I used aqua and orange copy paper to unify the title and rules, which are included in this packet.
INCLUDED in this packet are the posters to copy for the title, rules and teacher competition (you provide the teacher names/classes). There is also a response sheet for individual student use, which can be used as a worksheet (or part of a sub plan).
NOT INCLUDED is the giant poster that students use to submit their answers. I used three sheets of large graph paper and sectioned off 100 spaces. Once the three graph sheets were taped together, it was laminated. The giant poster became the main part of the board creating an interactive space for student responses to the 4fours Challenge.
One last aspect of my board that added some fun was a competition among the math teachers. Students were asked to place their teacher’s initial next to their response. Once I verified that their expression did, in fact, equal the target number, that teacher or class was given a point. The winning class received a treat to enjoy during their math class. The competition can be run for a specified length of time... perhaps 4 weeks 4 days 4 hours and 4 minutes?