These guided notes lead into a dynamic, open-ended set of activities, designed for a variety of skill levels.
This unit begins with one complete poster with four representations of a linear relationship (story problem, table, equation, and graph). Two versions of fill-in-the-blank posters follow for guided notes -- these can be used in interactive journals or made into posters.
Three large pages follow for each representation (a complete version, a partially filled in version so you can write notes on it as you teach it, and a blank version so you can adapt it for any example). Then I have provided 12 pages with only one of the four representations filled in so students can fill in the other three areas. These vary in complexity and are very open-ended, allowing students to be creative while developing a strong conceptual understanding of linear relationships.
You could set these up as stations that students rotate between in small groups, or assign students a few each (the different levels of complexity are perfect for differentiating the assignment!), then let them explain their solutions to others, jigsaw-style. They could also be used as group quizzes where students have to convince each other that a solution is valid, since there is no “right” answer (although there could be wrong ones!). Be creative in your use of these and have fun seeing students interact with fundamental math concepts in new ways!
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