Intended for students who have already learned multiple methods to solve a system.
This file contains six linear systems problems. The first page is all six problems on a single page, as a student handout. The next six pages are the same six problems, formatted for use at stations. The final page is the answer key.
My suggested lesson plan is to have the students break into six groups. The groups will rotate through each of the six stations, and at each station, write the linear system (not solve). I allowed about 3-4 minutes per station, maybe 20 minutes total (this was a G/T group - could take longer in a regular or remedial classroom). Then we came back together as a whole group to discuss, and students recorded the systems on their individual copy (the first page of the file). The remaining class time and homework assignment was to solve the six systems.
-have students read each problem and set parameters for reasonable solutions before they even write any of the systems (i.e. "the daughter must be younger than the father", etc)
-make it into a game where each system a group formulates correctly is worth a set number of points and each solution is also worth points
-use the first page alone as a review or practice
-discuss which method is most effective to solve each system (elimination? substitution? graphing? guess and test? something else?)