This is a collection of 5 great activities to use in an 8th grade math or Algebra 1 classroom. At this price, it's like getting one product free!
The products included are:
1) Systems of Equations Scavenger Hunt: Instead of just sitting at their seats doing a worksheet, they can be up moving around the room! Post the pages around your room in a random order. The students may start on any letter they choose. They first solve the problem on the top of the page. Then, they are to find the answer to their problem on the bottom of another page. They then solve the problem on the top of that page. They continue around the room until they return to the first page where they started their scavenger hunt. Starting with the “T" page the slides spell THEURGICAL when solved in the correct order.
2) FOIL Maze:tudents practice multiplying binomials in a fun maze scenario. As students correctly multiply each problem they will work their way through the maze. My students always complain about worksheets, but never complain about mazes.
3) Partner Perfection Solving Systems of Equations -Elimination Method: his is a set of worksheets that contains 4 sets of 7 systems of equations problems for a total of 28 problems! There are two versions of the worksheets - one with columns 1,2 and one with columns A,B. The 1,2 version is slightly harder and requires rearranging and multiplying both equations before adding/subtracting. The A,B version has only has one problem that needs to be rearranged and one problem that requires multiplying both equations. The first five problems on the A,B worksheet are ready to be added/subtracted immediately.
The nice thing about this activity is that all four columns have the same answer key! That's right - #1 has the same answer for all four columns, etc! That means you can differentiate among partners without them knowing!
One of the reasons I love this activity is that by having students be able to check each other since their answers should match frees me up to work with the students who aren't ready to work on their own yet. And I'm not constantly interrupted by "Is this right? Can you check mine?" If their answers match their partners then they know their right!
4) Exponent Properties Road Block Game: Road Block is meant to be a four person game, but could be played with 2 or 3 players if necessary. It will just take longer to finish with less players. The object of the game is to be the player with the most pieces shaded at the end of the game. Players make a path from their starting corner by correctly answering exponent property problems. If they answer correctly they get to shade in the space with their color. If they answer incorrectly, they forfeit their turn.
To begin, players determine who will go first. The first move for each player must be the corner piece from their respective corner.
On subsequent turns, players may choose any piece they want, but it MUST ATTACH TO ONLY A CORNER OF ONE OF THEIR PREVIOUSLY SHADED PIECES.
Play continues until either all the pieces are shaded or no player can make another move. If one player cannot move on their turn, then they forfeit their turn.
I called it Road Block, because, with some strategy, players can “block” the path of their opponents and make it harder (or impossible) for them to gain pieces on future turns. The player with the most pieces at the end of the game is the winner!
5) Evaluating Functions Scavenger Hunt: This product consists of 10 problems that require students to evaluate functions, either in equation form or graphically.
Post the pages around your room in a random order. The students may start on any letter they choose. They first solve the problem on the top of the page. They can organize their progress and show all of their work on the accompanying student work page. Then, they are to find the answer to their problem on the bottom of another page. They then solve the problem on the top of that page. They continue around the room until they return to the first page where they started their scavenger hunt. Starting with the “A" page the pages spell ADENOVIRUS when solved in the correct order.