I feel pretty passionate about Math pennants, which I know may sound a little silly! But to me, the way kids feel about themselves is most important. When students feel good about themselves and their abilities, my job is a whole lot easier. When they see their work displayed, it's daily proof that they CAN do it!
It's also super important to make Math fun while keeping it rigorous. When students get the chance to do Math, have fun AND feel proud enough of their work to show it off? This is the absolute best!
Plus, what better way to decorate a classroom than with student work? Here's a Back to School Golden Spiral pennant that is so fun to color that I needed to make a time-lapse video.
Math pennants are great for summing up a unit (or even the year), a day before a vacation or as a break from routine. Students love to color and get creative (and we love sneaking in work when they're least expecting it!) Here is one I made for a teacher that covers GCF, LCM and Prime Factors:
When a teacher requests a pennant, I send it for free via email. This is my thank you for the idea and for answering any questions I may have.
Math pennants are a fun way for students to display their hard work and understanding. They're sort of like task cards except you cut them out, color them and hang them in your classroom!
Do you teach mean, median, mode and range? Here is a pennant that makes data fun! And how about a Pi Day Pennant to celebrate this great Math holiday? Or a super fun, Mathy way to start the school year with a Fibonacci-themed Golden Spiral Pennant?
(Also check out the sidebar for a free equations pennant)
Of course younger kids love to color so I definitely didn't want to leave them out. Fractions are tough for kids and coloring can ease their anxiety. Here's a super fun one with a Christmas theme on improper fractions and mixed numbers:
There's a non-holiday version, too:
I also have them for fraction addition, subtraction, and multiplication. And this one for finding volume and surface area has gotten some good feedback from teachers.
Algebra and Algebra 2 are my favorite Math courses, but I have gotten so into the idea of Math pennants that I have been making them for all courses. And I'm making more all the time.
They're a win-win for teachers and students. Here is one on the Pythagorean Theorem. And here's some recent feedback:
"Teachers at my school keep asking where I got this idea. I couldn't take the credit. Hope you keep up the good work."
"Great activity. The students loved it and so did I. Kept them engaged and learning! Thank you!"I love hearing that students are having fun while learning. It makes me so happy imagining them coloring, cutting and hanging up their pennants while doing Math.
Just recently a teacher sent me some great photographs from her classroom after her students completed a set of pennants for 2-step equations. I absolutely LOVE how much care they took in coloring them after solving the equations. The teacher who sent this photo to me asked if I wanted a "better" photo with a cleaner whiteboard in the background. No way! If you look close, you can make out "Community" in the upper left. I love this because building community is what this is all about!
Pennants are a great way to celebrate holidays with students while not losing a day of Math. Some are specific to holidays (Pi Day and Valentine's Day), others are specific to Math topics and work to celebrate any holiday.
I couldn't resist a set of Spring flowers from Glitter Meets Glue Designs so incorporated them into an exponents pennant. When I taught Algebra 1 we would simplify exponents when the weather started getting nice.
A teacher tagged me on Twitter in this photo she posted of my Pythagorean Theorem Pennant in action in her classroom. Her class decided to tape them to the board instead. Cool!
My students worked really hard during our domain and range unit this year. This pennant comes in an Algebra Pennants Growing Bundle to celebrate slope, factoring, the Quadratic Formula, solving equations, exponents, systems of equations and domain and range (to name a few). What better way to show off their hard work that with some fun Algebraic classroom decor? :)
And what elementary schooler wouldn't LOVE a chance to color? In this pennant, students demonstrate their understanding of adding fractions.
And subtracting them!
This one on polygons came from a teacher request:
And of course every Geometry Teacher's FAVORITE topic to teach (wink wink)... Transformations:
This Ratios & Proportions pennant also came from a teacher request:
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I'm having a blast making these pennants, especially knowing how much students and teachers enjoy them. I blog about Math pennants here. The list keeps growing! What topics would you like to see?