Students work collaboratively in groups of 4 to evaluate or solve problems using function notation. There are 6 suits of cards that the groups will work through, suit by suit.
Each group member will pick a card from the same suit and work through their problem. Once all group members have reached their respective solutions, they will add together all of their answers and check their sum with the teacher. If their sum is correct, they will move onto the next suit. If it's not, they must work together to find the error(s), attending to precision while doing so.
The cards are leveled so this is a great differeniated activity. I use the activity in a few ways in my class:
(1) Warmup activity to recap prior skills
(2) Reinforce a Skill during class
(3) Review before a test or quiz
Students love it when we turn it into a competition (which group was the fastest, who worked together the best, who attended to precision the best?). My favorite way to use them is as a warm-up activity since it really sets the tone for the day.
This is designed for an Algebra 1 class, but would be great beginning of the year for an Algebra 2 class.
There are 6 suits of cards, each suit containing 4 cards.
*Evaluating linear functions
*Evaluating quadratic functions
*Operations on functions [EX: find f(3)+4, given f(x)=2x+5]
*Finding x, given what f(x) is equal to.