When learning new math skills, it is important for students to develop a strong understanding of the math vocabulary. This blog post will share free 5th grade math vocabulary posters that can be used in your classroom. These posters will help students learn and remember key terms related to fifth grade math skills.
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Why Teach Math Vocabulary?
There are several reasons why math vocabulary instruction is important for students. Here are a few:
1. A strong understanding of math vocabulary is essential for students to be able to understand the concepts being taught. If students do not know the meaning of important terms, they may struggle with understanding and progressing with the skills.
2. Math vocabulary can help students discuss and write about math. The more students are exposed to and use math vocabulary, the better they will become at using it themselves.
3. Math vocabulary instruction can help students show what they know on standardized math assessments and tests.
The following are some ideas for how you can incorporate math vocabulary instruction into your classroom:
1. Use math vocabulary posters to help explicitly teach vocabulary and review it — like the ones shared below.
2. Play math vocabulary games.
3. Include math vocabulary in your daily routines and activities.
4. Have students create their own math vocabulary books.
5. Give students opportunities to use math vocabulary in writing and in math discussions.
About the Math Vocabulary Posters
This set of math vocabulary posters includes 108 posters to cover all of your math vocabulary terms for the entire year.
The vocabulary is separated into the following categories.
- Operations and Algebraic Thinking (12 words)
- Numbers and Operations: Base Ten (19 words)
- Fractions (16 words)
- Measurement and Data (18 words)
- Geometry (43 words)
Printable Math Posters
Each math vocabulary word is on a one-page poster containing the word, definition and example. The printable posters are black and white, so they can easily be printed. Add color by printing them on colored paper.
Digital Math Posters
The free set also includes digital posters designed in Google Slides. You post or assign the vocabulary words through Google classroom or projected on your board for class lessons.
In the digital set, the words are divided into 5 menus by category. Each word on the menu is linked to the matching poster and each poster has a “back to menu” button so you and your students can easily navigate through the posters.
Need help assigning Google Slides resources through Google Classroom? Click here for a step-by-step guide.
Ways to Use the Math Vocabulary Posters
Display the vocabulary posters (on a vocabulary wall, your white board, or a bulletin board) and refer to them when introducing new math skills and concepts.
Use in Anchor Charts – Use the math vocabulary posters to create anchor charts. One idea is to tape the poster to the chart and then add examples of the term under or around the poster. You could even have students add the examples.
Use in a Reference Dictionary – Place copies of the math vocabulary posters in a binder for students to use as a reference tool while working on independent or during math centers.
Create a Math Reference Rings– Print multiple posters to a single page to create reference rings for students to reference as needed. Want resources for math reference rings? Click here to grab more free math tools.
Use in Students’ Math Notebooks – Print multiple posters to a single page and scale them to about 75-80% for students to glue into their notebooks as they are learning about a math skill or concept.
Math Scavenger Hunt – Tape specific posters around the room and have students move “around the room” to find vocabulary words. As they find words, they can create examples of the word or create problems that use the word.
Use as a Digital Reference Tool – Assign the digital posters on Google Classroom so students can each have their own copy to use as a math reference whenever they need it.
Get the FREE Math Vocabulary Posters!
To get these free math vocabulary posters, simply put your email in the box below and they will be sent straight to your inbox. You will receive via email a PDF containing the printable version. Digital access links are on page 8 of the PDF.
Julie Gane says
I love these! Is there any way possible to make these editable? We use the inclusive definitions for trapezoids and isoceles triangles. Would love to use the entire set!
Dawn Harrison says
These vocab cards are amazing! I teach secondary (9-12) but have taught 6-8 over the years. I wish there was someone who did more secondary. Many of these will work in my high school geometry class. I will just need to add some for geometry and create sets for algebra 1 and 2. Love the format.
I love these, but I teach French Immersion. Next school year I will be teaching a 3/4 split. Do you have an editable version with grade 3 or 4 outcomes so that I can translate the cards?
kathy magis says
I tried to get your math vocabulary and grammar vocabulary freebie but I did not recieve it.
I also tried to request a copy of the math vocabulary freebie and never received an email. I double checked my spam to no avail. This resource looks amazing! Any chance you could please help me out?
Martha Spain says
I am looking forward to jazzing up math and increasing understanding and enthusiasm for math.
Beth Lyons says
Would love resources for 4th graders! My first year teaching 4th grade after being in primary