# Bulletin Board Ideas Geometry

When students build this bulletin board about geometry, lots of fun learning takes place!  First, students get to design the layout themselves and decide which shapes will go where.  Second, they become more familiar with the names of the shapes they are using.  (Pass me  an octagon, please?)

Your students will also see that geometry is a practical, useful subject, one that is often used in design and layout for engineering, architectural design and other projects.  Last, but not least, they will learn so much more if they  design the bulletin board instead of having someone else do it for them.

The overall board, when finished, will depict a small-town setting with streets, subdivisions, a business district, a park, various modes of transportation, traffic signals, a railroad crossing and any other details you wish to include.  On the chalkboard, the teacher will sketch the bare bones of a town model, then divide the board into four sections:

1. A residential area with a park and playground.  2. A main street or town square (think courthouse, cafe, theater, post office, library, etc.)  3. A school building with playground, sports field or stadium, etc.  4. A public service area which depicts some or all of these:  police and fire stations, water treatment plant, bus or train depot, etc.

The teacher will have on hand dozens of geometric cut-out shapes for this project.  Make these in various sizes and colors from card stock or construction paper.  Include circles, squares, triangles, diamonds, octagons and any other geometric shapes you want to use.  Set aside some of each for four different groups.

Now divide students into four groups (or let them volunteer) for certain sections of the bulletin board design.  Each of the four groups will be given a quarter section of white paper that will later be transferred to the bulletin board after their part of the assignment is complete.

Encourage groups to brainstorm and discuss how they want their part of this assignment to look.  Here are some helpful tips: