When my students feel good about themselves, they try harder. And when they try harder, they do even better! To me, it starts from Day 1 of the school year. This fun Back to School pennant has a Golden Spiral theme to get your kids excited about Math from the very first day.

This Earth Day pennant took on a life of its own! Kids solve simple word problems and color related pictures. Did you know Earth is speeding around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour!? The one below came from a teacher request for a pennant covering right triangle trigonometry. You can submit your own pennant request on the "requests" tab on my blog's main page. The best thing is that I will send you the requested pennant FOR FREE as a thank you!

To me, Math is all about confidence. When my students feel confident in their abilities it makes my job a whole lot easier. This is why I feel so strongly about displaying student work in my classroom. It acts as a constant reminder to my students that Yes, you Can do it!

The great thing about Math pennants is that they boost student confidence while also adding to classroom decor! And students don't even know they are working hard. They're a lot of fun without being at all intimidating. (That one up there is a

**free Order of Operations pennant**.)

This conversions pennant came from another teacher request. Students convert both metric and customary measurements.

This ratios and proportions pennant also came from a teacher request.

I love this photo of my place value pennants from Fab 5th Fun! She posted it on Instagram and I absolutely LOVE the colors of the paper she chose!

A teacher asked me to make her a pennant covering GCF and LCM. I hadn't remembered how tricky finding LCM was! This one was fun to make.

In my classroom, we have a designated area called The Fridge where students proudly display their graded papers. This area becomes even more important because Math disabilities can sometimes make these good grades very hard-earned. To find success, and be able to show it off, is a very big deal. My favorite is when a student immediately gets up to hang their good grade without me asking. This is what it's all about.

I like incorporating student work right into the classroom decor itself because it's a win-win for teachers and students. Teachers use pennants to keep engagement high.

"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!"

"Great activity. The students loved it and so did I. Kept them engaged and learning! Thank you!"

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 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 so important!

Pennants are a great way to celebrate holidays while not losing a day of Math. Some are specific to holidays.

Here is a graphing linear equations ornament pennant to decorate for the holidays. Kids can also add optional bows and holly.

And here is a Christmas fractions pennant where students convert between improper fractions and mixed numbers and color to show the amount.

This Pi Day Pennant quickly became one of my best sellers.

And because younger kids were feeling a little left out of the celebration, I made this Pi Day pennant is for younger kids.

I have posted all of my holiday pennants on this post.

In my current position, I teach Special Education Algebra 2 and Consumer Math. Teaching financial literacy is super important to me so I added in some credit card default and student loan defer questions to this set of Compound Interest pennants.

Integers are so tricky, even for older students! There are 3 problems on each pennant so that students can practice seeing the relationship between positive and negative numbers.

A teacher tagged me on Twitter in this photo she posted of my Pythagorean Theorem pennant in action in her classroom.

A teacher tagged me on Twitter in this photo she posted of my Pythagorean Theorem pennant in action in her classroom.

And a friend of mine from The Math Dyal sent over this great photo. A student who hardly does work created this masterpiece. It's of my Systems of Equations pennant for graphing and it made me so incredibly happy to hear the story behind it.

My students worked really hard during our domain and range unit this year. What better way to show off their hard work that with some fun Algebraic classroom decor? :)

And what 6th grader wouldn't LOVE a chance to color? In this pennant, students practice finding volumes and surface areas, as well as areas of irregular shapes (gardens and apartments).

One of the very first topics we teach in Algebra 2 is drawing function graphs of nonlinear motion. This topic is also covered in Algebra (and is CC standard 8.F.B.5) and is one my students seem to enjoy as an introduction to Algebra 2. Here is a fun pennant where students graph the linear and/or nonlinear motion of students walking to and from school.

This pennant came from a teacher request for one to help her students convert scientific notation. I loved the clipart from Glitter Meets Glue Designs.

I'm having a blast making these pennants, especially knowing how much students and teachers enjoy them.

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Oh so pretty! I love this idea :D

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Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words! :)

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ReplyDeleteI would love to order this, but some of the math concepts are too high for my students. Do you have something for easier concepts, with differentiated lessons?

ReplyDeleteI'll be creating more for additional topics but I've been sticking mainly with Algebra topics that are familiar. If you have a topic you'd like me to look into to make a pennant for I'm up for it!

DeleteSince most school are requiring common core standards to be on all things we do, I think having pennants that correlate with each standard would be great. I think making them grade specific especially for the younger grades would be extremely helpful.

ReplyDeleteThank you for the suggestion. I'd love to help make the standards more fun. If you are comfortable with suggesting some standards for me to focus on, I'd gladly trade you some pennants for free:) scaffoldedmath@gmail.com

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DeleteAs a third grade teacher, I'd love to see some that focused on repeated addition as a method for multiplication introduction, place value through the thousands, introducing types of angles and lines, reading various types of graphs (bar graph, line plot, etc). These pennants are awesome.

DeleteKatie, I have a question about repeated addition. Would you be able to email me at scaffoldedmath@gmail.com?

DeleteKatie you're amazing. These are great suggestions. As a thank you I'd love to send them to you for free as I make them. scaffoldedmath@gmail.com

ReplyDeleteThat would be amazing! I can provide you with pics of the kids work after they are completed through the year :). Thank you!

DeleteThat would be great! :)

DeleteWow! These are gorgeous! I would love to be in a math classroom decorated with these! All my high school math classrooms had the occasional poster and not much else... Thanks for linking up with Spark Creativity, this is an awesome example of creative pedagogy to share with our community!

ReplyDeleteThank you for allowing me to link up! I appreciate your kind words! Thank you!

DeleteWOW!!!!!!! These are great! I homeschool my younger son with special needs and great interest in Math. So I am always looking for great ideas to make our learning time brighter. We keep a bulletin board with reminders of Math concepts. From now on we can make it in form of pennants. I specially love the Pythagorean one. Do you have a volume, capacity, and mass pennants?

ReplyDeleteThank you so much! So I was a little ambitious thinking I'd be able to make science pennants as well, but a friend of mine has been making them. I can send you her contact info if you send me an email. I'm at scaffoldedmath@gmail.com.

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ReplyDeleteSaludos ¡Buen trabajo!!! Desde MÃ©xico

ReplyDeleteMuchas Gracias a Javier! :)

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