Simplifying radicals with variables. In this collaborative activity, students simplify radical expressions that include variables with exponents. Some expressions are fractions with and without perfect square radicands. Students will not need to rationalize the denominators to simplify (though there are 2 bonus pennants that do involve this step). Once a pennant is complete, it can be hung along a string in your classroom to show the world that, "Hey, we know how to simplify radicals with variables!"
Included are 30 pennants, 2 bonus pennants, an optional student answer sheet and an answer key. Each group of students can be given a set of pennants, scissors and either glue, tape or a stapler. Students can be in charge of cutting out the pennants. Groups can compete to see which group can complete the most pennants or your entire class can add pennants to one string as they complete each one. You may also choose to have your students color their pennants to add to your classroom decor.
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