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# Christmas Math Activity - Rate of Change and Initial Value

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Christmas and/or Holiday activity for math class! In this Christmas-themed activity, students practice calculating rate of change, slope, initial value, and y-intercept of linear functions. Students travel in pairs to eight stations as they practice calculating rate of change and initial value from a scenario and table and calculating slope and y-intercept for a graph and coordinates.

Procedure:
-You can either set up the 8 stations at groups of desks or tape the stations to the walls around the room. Either way keep the images that are alike together.
-Pair students up. Assign one partner to be “A” and one to be “B.” They should record their assignment in the top right hand corner of their workspace.
-Students travel to each station as a pair. They each complete one problem based on their letter assignment. Although they are each calculating slope or rate of change from a different representation, they can check to see if they are correct because they should have matching answers.
-Students neatly copy the original problem and show their work in the stations workspace.
-Once they complete their rate of change problem and confirm their answer matches their partner’s answer, then they check the key to find the answer and write the corresponding letter in the small box in the right hand corner of the workspace. The list of answers in the key represents both correct answers and answers that correspond to common mathematical errors.
-Students continue to go to all 8 stations. You can either allow students to move freely around the room in any order or set a timer and have students all rotate at the same time. Each station should take about 2-3 minutes.
-In the end, they should unscramble the letters to find the mystery word. They share this mystery word with you to confirm that their work is complete. The mystery word is DECEMBER. I allow those students who finish first to help other students complete the activity.

Included in this product:
-8 stations (each with 2 representations that have the same rate of change/initial value)
-2-page workspace
-2-page Teacher's Guide with CCSS, objectives, materials, and procedure

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14 pages
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30 minutes
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