Game – matching equations and characteristics

I tried this matching activity with my grade nine academic math class just a few weeks ago. It was very successful as it allowed me to recognize which students needed a little one on one time to better understand how to rearrange a standard form linear equation to become the slope intercept form.

**Instructions:**

I gave minimal instructions to the students and told them that each group was going to receive forty cards. There are five linear equations that are represented within the forty cards – it was their job to sort them. First team with correct sets of solutions won a prize!

That meant that there are eight cards relating to each question. Four of those eight were in either standard, slope intercept or some rearrangement of the equation of a line.

It took the students about fifteen minutes to complete the activity. I had a much clearer picture of which students understood all the associated academic vocabulary and in turn who needed some extra help time or mini-lessons.

Some of the cardsCards spread outSome student work

- A little more student work…..

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Did you pre-cut the 40 cards or did the Ss cut? That seems to take forever when they cut.

I pre-cut on a paper cutter. It makes it way easier, and then you have the cards for the next time. I put everything on cardstock so that things weren’t ruined.

I also boil the decisions of that stuff down to…. what is the purpose of the class. If I notice a student need to learn to follow instructions more accurately, then I would have them paper cut for the first few mins of class, and have a deadline. If my goals is to focus on higher order thining skills through the use of the activity, then I focus on the activity and then have the card pre-cut and ready.

Have you considered also including the actual graphs? I think I will try that and see how it works.

Great idea! I made a similar sorting activity using the function table, graph, and equation. Regardless of what format you use, incorporating manipulatives is always a fun way to explore math!