Organizing a Math Performance Festival

Start small

There are many ways to organize a successful Math Performance Festival. Here is one suggestion.

  • Select a single focus for your festival: we suggest that you start with Math Poetry (see How to Write and Perform a Math Poem).
    • A single focus simplifies organization and communication.
    • A single focus simplifies teacher planning and encourages teacher collaboration.
    • A single focus helps give students and teachers a clear purpose.
  • Select which grade or grades will participate (for example, grades 4-6).
  • Set a time period during which students will work to write and illustrate their poems, and to create dramatic readings or songs based on their poems.
  • Encourage students to author collaborative poems and to create group performances.
  • Invite artists to participate and assist in the Festival.
    • Contact local artists.
    • Inquire into the artists-in-schools program in your area.
    • Involve the art teacher(s) in your school.

Think BIG

Math performance is a celebration of students' mathematical imaginations.

  • Plan a celebration.
  • Post students' illustrated poems in classrooms and school hallways.
  • Take pictures of students working on their poems and pictures of their illustrated poems.
  • Create a slide show from the pictures.
  • Organize an assembly.
    • Invite parents.
    • Invite local news media.
    • Invite local celebrities.
    • Show a slide show of student work, with a sound track.
    • Have some students from each class perform their poems.
  • Copy and bind all of the poems to create a math poetry anthology.
    • Print a copy for each student.
  • Post the performances on your school website (with parental permission).

Share student performances

Share student performances in our Math Performance Festival.






The Math Performance Festival is funded by the Imperial Oil Foundation, the Fields Institute, the Faculty of Education at UWO , and the Canadian Mathematical Society. A project by George Gadanidis (UWO), Susan Gerofsky (UBC), and Rick Jardine (UWO).