In this activity, students will use their knowledge of the distance and midpoint formula to answer various questions. More specifically, students will…
• Use the distance formula to find the lengths of a line segment, given its endpoints
• Use the midpoint formula to find the midpoint of a line segment, given its endpoints
• Use the midpoint formula to find the second endpoint of a line segment, given the first endpoint and the midpoint
• Apply their knowledge of the distance and midpoint formulas
What is a Point Challenge Activity and how can I use it in my classroom?
Point Challenge Activities are a great way for you to differentiate in your classroom. In short, there are three levels of questions (easy, medium, and hard) and students earn points for each question they complete. The point value they earn depends upon the level of question completed. Level 1 questions earn you 1 point each, level 2 questions earn you 3 points each, and level 3 questions earn you 5 points each.
In my classroom, I love to use point challenge activities as homework or extra practice assignments. I tell my students they must complete 25 points worth of problems for their work to be considered 100% complete. Students then choose which problems they wish to do. Giving students the opportunity to self-select problems is a great way to informally assess their comfort level with the given topic!
I’ve also used this resource as an in class activity. I give my students a fixed amount of time and allow them to work with a partner to complete whichever problems they wish. After the timer has gone off, pairs trade papers and grade each other’s work. Whichever pair was able to collect the most points during the time allotted for the activity wins!
Please see the preview and thumbnails to determine whether the questions in this resource are at the right level of rigor for your students!