My students love this creative math project! This project is great for a review and it reinforces multiple math concepts at the same time.
Students practice algebraic reasoning with function boxes. They practice using the four operations, creating fractions, using number lines and more!
This is an awesome post-testing activity! Students can quietly work on their posters after they finish standardized testing... or use this for a whole-class de-stresser to celebrate!
Introduce this by having students write their name and favorite number on a sticky note. I don’t tell them what it is for!
I let the mystery deepen for a while before proceeding. I collect the sticky notes and hand them back when I’m ready for the lesson with the paper we will use and the instruction sheet.
Students get very excited! I don’t allow a huge block of time, just enough for students to get 4 or 5 squares finished. Then, students can work on the poster as they have time. Some students beg to take it home for extra homework!
I have done this project with my students using 11x17 paper that fits in a copier or 12 x 18 inch construction paper so they have plenty of room.
The easiest way to get started is to fold the paper in half and then in half again. Unfold, turn 1/4 turn and fold twice more. Ta-da! You have 16 squares to get started.
For my tech-loving friends and their students, I have done this project using Microsoft Publisher as well. It takes a lot more time, but is super fun if you have a computer club at your school.
I have included a sample of a Publisher-created poster.
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~ Betsy Weigle