A while back, I saw a picture of these posters on Instagram from Teaching the Distance. I really liked and them and thought of many different uses for them, so I decided to create my own. As the year goes on, and I finalize some of the other ones I’ve been working on, I’ll add them here.

This is what I came up with.

So far this year, I’ve been using them for the area formulas. I really like being able to “build” the formula as we talk about why it works. I show a lot of gifs to my students during this unit so they can see where the formulas come from. As we were using these, I had the thought that something like this would be really nice for literal equations as well.

To stick them to the whiteboard, I used whiteboard tape like this. The magnets aren’t super strong, so in the future I may try something else, but this is what I had and it works.

My plan for this is to “build” them each day with my classes as we’re starting the unit, and then towards the middle/end of the unit, leave them up on the board until the unit is over.

I also have the ones for order of operations *almost* ready to go. As I’m writing this post, I realized I forgot “exponents”. Ugh. I’ve updated the file and will print it out this week.

Here are a few I made for our unit on linear equations.

It’s hard to see some of the individual pieces in those pictures, but I tried to put words inside the variables to show what it represents.

Here is the link to download the files.

I’m working on ones for slope, the various forms of linear equations, the Pythagorean theorem, and arithmetic and geometric sequences. If you can think of any others I could make, please let me know!