Are you tired of the using the same old workbook pages to teach systems of equations? This assignment will add a splash of color in your classroom!
It this activity students will graph 8 lines using 8 different colors. (Even the most mature algebra student enjoys using some colored pencils and markers to spice up their homework!) Once the lines are graphed then the students will answer 30 questions about the various intersection points. This is a great activity for students who need a refresher on graphing lines. By using colors it is very easy for the teacher to spot wrong answers right away. As teachers we are constantly being asked to evaluate our students in non-traditional ways and this assignment will give you instant feedback without having to inspect each graphed line.
Depending on the level you teach this might be extremely challenging or it could be extremely easy. You will have to determine if you think it would work in your class. I used it in my lower level Algebra class along with my regular Algebra 1 class and I found it to be helpful in both. A few students breezed through it but the majority of students had at least a few questions about graphing as they worked through it. For the majority of my students it took an entire 40 minute class period.
In order to complete this activity your students will need to know:
-Graphing from slope-intercept form
-Undefined and zero slope equations
-Reading intersection points in the form of coordinates
**I did not include graph paper in this download. You can use any graph paper you have laying around and have the students create their own x and y axis or you can download free printable graph paper from the following link: http://www.k12mathworksheets.com/graph-paper/four_quadrant_quarter_inch_graph_paper.pdf
Again, depending on the level of your students, this could take anywhere from 15 minutes to 60 minutes.
The only additional supplies you will need with this activity are markers or colored pencils and rulers.
**Teaching tip: Have your students graph as many points on each line as possible to ensure they have very accurate lines.
If you find this activity helpful I would appreciate any feedback you would be willing to leave. If you like this product please check out some of my other Algebra printables and activities!
Thanks and happy teaching!
Graphing Systems of Equations in Color!
by Dana Burrows
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