Looking for a new way to have students practice graphing functions, relating them to real world situations, and interacting with their peers? Here is a perfect, classroom-tested activity that will work for you!
This is a great group activity to reinforce the process of graphing a function in a fun and interactive way. Your purchase includes a pdf version and a fully customizable Word document so you can change the names to students and teachers in your school, or delete the equations if you would like students to come up with them on their own. It is also leveled to make it easy to differentiate the activity in your classroom.
Poster paper (1 per group)
Markers for each group
Copy of a problem for each group (included)
(optional) Copies of the Extension Activity for early finishers (included)
• Before class, divide students into groups of 3-4 based on low/mid/high skill levels and assign each group a number. It is ok to have more than one of each group number.
o Groups 1 & 2 – low
Simple functions, x-values are included in the x-y table.
o Groups 3 & 4 – mid
Moderately difficult functions, x-values are not included in the x-y table.
o Groups 5 & 6 – high
Challenging functions (include x^2 and x as the exponent)
• Introduce activity by showing the example poster (included below) to the class. They will divide their poster into four sections, or quadrants. Quadrant 1 has their x-y table; Quadrant 2 has their equation and a summary of their situation; Quadrant 3 has their graph, and Quadrant 4 has their thorough description of the shape of their graph, using as many relevant vocabulary words as possible.
• Tell students their assigned groups and hand out the problems. Allow approximately 20 minutes for groups to complete their posters. Hand out the extension activity (included below) as needed to early finishers, or assign later as homework.
• Allow each group to present their posters.