7 Ways to Use Math Pennants to Engage Student Learning


When I first started making Math pennants, it never crossed my mind that teachers would find so many different uses for them. My main reason for creating them was to make Math fun and accessible to all students. 




Over the past year I have learned that teachers like using them in a bunch of different ways. Year Six Shenanigans posted this photo all the way from Australia and I absolutely love the colors she chose.   



Teacher Idea 1: Warm ups
Warm ups are so super important in my classes because they get pencils in hands, settle and remind everyone where we left off the day before. Math pennants are a highly engaging way to start class and get kids ready to learn. (Here is a free one you can try with your students that reviews order of operations.) 


Exponent Rules Pennant

Teacher Idea 2: Centers
Center work is a great way for students to independently practice what they have learned while other kids get the extra help they need. Math pennants keep students engaged while they are working on their own. 



Teacher Idea 3: Team building group work
I really liked this tip from Rebecca about using Math pennants with groups in her class. Teams of students worked together to complete, check and initial each pennant. Grading always gets pushed to the end of my to-do list so it's always good when kids can get that immediate feedback that is so important.


Rounding Pennant

Teacher Idea 4: Exit tickets
You know those last few minutes of class where binders suddenly disappear and students' knees seem to need stretching? Math pennants work great as a way to keep students engaged right up to the bell and most importantly - keep them in their seats! Karen used my Exponents Rules pennant as a post-quiz activity.


Exponent Rules Pennant

Teacher Idea 5: Homework
I go back and forth on homework and, at this point in time, I give it once or twice a week. Math pennants are a fun and engaging way to practice the day's lesson. Plus, part of the assignment is coloring and that's always fun!

Geometric Transformations Pennant

Teacher Idea 6: Extra credit
We're not talking about the kid who asks for extra credit after riding a 47% all term. That kid gets an essay. For everyone else, Math pennants are a fun way to boost that B+ to an A-.


Linear Equations Ornaments

Teacher Idea 7: Class decor
This is the main reason I created Math pennants. Here is an amazing photo of my linear equations ornaments from Instagrammer @atrickythingI love how classrooms look when they are all decked out and really feel like class decor adds to student engagement. 

You can check out all of the pennants I have created so far here. Each is available individually or you can purchase them all at a >50% discount. 


Math Pennants Growing Bundle

Bonus Teacher Idea!
As a high-engagement addition to your sub folder!

Try them out for free!
There are a couple ways to try Math pennants out for free in your classroom. You can get a free solving 2-step equations pennant by subscribing to my blog. Or you can check these Order of Operations pennants that are free in my store.


Free Order of Operations pennant



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