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Bloom With These 5 Springtime Math Resources

Posted 03/18/2024 by TI Staff

Sunshine, flowers, bugs and showers — spring is here! With all the fun going on outside, everyone’s attention in math class may be a bit divided. You can keep math minds focused with spring-themed ideas to bring inside the classroom.

With a rainbow of decoration options, low-prep worksheet activities, coloring pages, helpful reminder posters and more, students will stay engaged in their learning.

Let’s spring into math!
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1. It’s a good day to decorate with math

We just want to give a “sprout out” to @misscraftymathteacher and her fabulous collections of math board decor freebies! Check out some of Kathleen’s free downloads on her TPT store.

You can Spring Into Math with this freebie design.

Know It’s a Good Day To Do Math and decorate for spring.

Go BIG with rainbows and calculators from the Back To School bundle.

We particularly love the polar flower graphs from “Spring Into Math," the groovy lettering and flowers from “It’s a Good Day To Do Math," and the extra-large rainbow lines from her “Back to School” bundle.

Find more free printables and other ideas on our Classroom Decor Pinterest board.

Try this: Print and laminate your decor items and save them for later in a binder or folder for easy set up all year long. What new combinations of math fun will you create?

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2. Bring math to life with piecewise worksheets

What’s better than seeing a student’s “I get it!” moment? Watch their eyes bug out as they use math to draw lady bugs, butterflies and bees this spring!

These low-prep worksheets let students demonstrate their knowledge of functions, transformations and domain and range to create fun spring-themed designs.

Each activity comes with:
  • Teacher notes
  • How-to video
  • Math cheat sheet
  • Graphing tips
  • Three activity levels to choose between

Let students graph with colors in the Rainbow Rays activity set.

Students will also love the adorable Lucky Ladybug design.

Find lady bugs, butterflies, bees and more in our Piecewise Collection board on Pinterest.

Try this: Save new designs for a sub day. Anyone can graph these designs with the provided how-to video, graphing tips and math cheat sheet.

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3. Coloring pages for brain breaks and math discovery

Bring spring time colors inside the classroom with coloring pages that provide vital mental breaks, or try an easygoing activity with a hidden math design to color.

Keep it simple with cute and positive print-and-go coloring pages.

Add a spin to a coloring break with a hidden image coloring activity that combines colors and calculations. Students can use the provided math to discover a hidden image and then use their calculators to practice and check their work.

Try this: Coloring pages are a great “anytime” activity for those students with extra energy or down time. Print these out and have them on hand in the classroom as an easy-access treat.

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4. Calculator reminder posters

Practice is key to math literacy and sometimes we just need a simple reminder! These helpful posters feature quick tips for when students forget a step. Save your voice and point to the wall for those frequently asked questions. Plus, these posters come in a variety of colors so you can coordinate your spring style.

Start with the basics. This poster collection features 10 common calculator functions any classroom may need.

Springtime is test prep time! To help you prepare, we've created these helpful resources: Press-to-Test and 2024 Spring Testing Date reminder posters.

These Enter and Exit Press-to-Test posters come in both TI-84 Plus CE and TI-Nspire™ CX II/CX II CAS graphing calculator models.

These extra-large Spring 2024 Testing Date posters feature AP®, SAT®, ACT®, and IB® exam dates in addition to space to write in your own state and school testing dates.

Try this: Use these tips to practice skills like fractions. Project the “typing a fraction” poster on your screen next to a list of problems that feature a fraction in different ways. Add a timer for a quick skill builder exercise.

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5. Teacher resources to feed your mind

Spring is the time to plant seeds for future growth. We’ve gathered some additional resources that you can casually plant now into your brain and implement later.

Have some papers to grade? Grade and listen to "Room To Grow - A Math Podcast."

In the latest episode, hosts Joanie and Curtis interviewed Rebecka Peterson, the 2023 National Teacher of the Year. Rebecka not only offers great perspective as a classroom teacher, but she also shares her NCTM presentation and other resources on the podcast page.

Listen in and learn with Room To Grow.

Spring is also grant writing season. If you are looking to get additional technology for your classroom, our grant writing specialist has some quick tips to help you be successful in your goals.

Read up on "How To Avoid 5 Common Grant Writing Mistakes"

Fancy a hands-on linear equations activity that will make students giggle with glee? Then check out our "Aha! Activity: Build a STEM Slide Whistle" blog post that shares this math and coding activity in depth.

You too can Build a STEM Slide Whistle.

This is a great bonus activity for after exams. Better yet, you can borrow the technology with the STEM Projects Pilot Program. We recommend signing up now for a musical good time later!

Try this: As National Teacher of the Year, Rebecka Peterson recommends finding one or two things that fit you and your students as they are now. “You cannot do all things, but you can find something that supports you now”.

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Hop to it with an extra spring in your step!

We hope these ideas take root and help student minds blossom into math thinkers!

As always, you can follow us on social @TIcalculators to stay updated on fun ways to make your math classroom a positive, engaging place for students to learn.

Be sure to also sign up for emails to get notified when new teacher resources become available.

Here for the Sines of Spring Sweepstakes? Here’s your bonus code for an extra entry (case sensitive): SPRINGINTOMATH2024. Good luck — and if you haven’t entered yet, you definitely should!