Do your students struggle to find the variables let alone which one is independent or dependent?
The first practice page helps the student first just identify the variables. The student records the 3 criteria used to identify the variables in any situation (without using the question) and then is given 4 practice problems where the student has to find the two variables. The student is not asked to identify which one is independent or dependent. Key included.
The second double-sided page contains 8 questions on finding the independent and dependent variables. Each question is a real-life application situation. Some situations involve equations and some do not.
The question on each situation is left off on purpose so that the student really has to think about reading through all the words and finding the two variables. Their answers are written in a box format that can be read backwards.
Since student really struggle with first just identifying the variables and then figuring out which one is the independent or dependent one, writing their answers in this format is really helpful. I recommend teaching this concept with my What is a Variable? PowerPoint
and following it up with my Identifying Independent & Dependent Variables Activity
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