Pinterest Challenge: Back to School Edition

As we mentioned last week, Big Ideas Math is now on Pinterest!

Here’s the part where you come in. We would like our amazing Big Ideas Math teachers to help contribute to our Pinterest boards!

For the next two weeks, we are asking that you snap a photo of your back-to-school classroom setup and send it to us.

Back-to-school photo ideas:

  • Classroom materials organization
  • Wall displays or posters
  • Cubbies or welcome area
  • Teacher’s desk setup
  • Student desk arrangement
  • Group work or technology area
  • Any creative classroom setup or display

After you have sent in your photos, we will include them in a blog post and create a Back to School board on Pinterest.

Attach your photo to an email with the subject line “Back to School Photo” and send it to

[By submitting photos to the Pinterest Challenge: Back to School Edition, you agree that Big Ideas Learning LLC has the right to redistribute photos on the Big Ideas Math blog and Big Ideas Math Pinterest account.]

Big Ideas Math on Pinterest

With the upcoming school year quickly approaching (or already begun for some of you!), we wanted another place to share Big Ideas Math resources with you. We turned to Pinterest and have been pinning up a storm.

Take a minute to check out Big Ideas Math on Pinterest!

Big Ideas Math on Pinterest

If you have a Pinterest account, follow our boards so you are updated when we add new pins. If you don’t have an account, you can still access our resources!

Math Tubs: Materials and Manipulatives

On our YouTube channel, we’ve shared videos on topics such as using the Big Ideas Math website, creating tests with ExamView, and implementing the Standards for Mathematical Practice in your classroom.

Today, I want to highlight a video prepared by Lisa Goldsmith on assembling the materials for student math tubs.

The tubs are an easy and convenient way for students to access the materials they need while participating in activities and lessons. Each tub is suitable for  a group of four students.

In the video, Lisa recommends including the following math tub materials and manipulatives:

  • 2 pairs of scissors
  • 4 pencils
  • 4 die
  • 1 pack of sticky notes
  • 2 protractors
  • 4 colored pencils
  • 2 measuring tapes
  • 4 chips of different colors
  • Paper clips
  • 4 markers of different colors
  • 4 pennies
  • String
  • Tape
  • Small Stapler
  • 2-4 six inch rulers

Download the list: Math Tubs: Materials and Manipulatives (PDF)

On the download, there are three columns, each containing a complete list. Print, cut apart each list, and attach a list to the outside of each tub as seen in the video.

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