This product includes 33 word problems designed to illustrate six functions (linear, quadratic, absolute value, rational, radical, and exponential) in real-life scenarios. The problems are set up to be solved using a 4-box method that helps the student break the problems down for better understanding. These word problems may be used in your classroom in many ways. You may solve them together as a class, in groups, or individually, and/or student may create posters of their solutions. The teacher may want to model the use of the 4-box method with two or more problems before having the students solve them on their own.
There are more problems sold as a separate document (“Solving Word Problems of Six Common Math Functions using a Graphic Organizer”) available on Teacherspayteachers.com that I used with my students as an introduction to this 4-box method.
When I gave the problems to the students to solve and make into a poster (or mini-poster on copy paper), I cut apart the problems and put them in a basket for them to choose at random.
I allowed the students to work with a partner. I had the students make a rough draft of their poster and calculations so that I could check them before they created the poster.
My classes did this activity for at least two days to give them more understanding of the functions and more problem solving practice. Some students seem to learn things better when they are challenged to “make a poster”.
A scoring checklist is available at the end of this document also.
This product was created by Susan M. Walker.