SUPER SYSTEMS! (A Solving Linear Systems of Equations matching activity…)
Caveat: I came across this matching activity at a regional NCTM conference in 2002 (?). I have no idea who the teacher was nor even if she wrote it in the first place. But I have been using this activity with my Algebra I students every year ever since and I typed it up in the hopes that more algebra one students can use it too!
Directions for the teacher: Photocopy the three card pages on color paper, cut up the cards, and put them in zip-lock bags. (If you can, laminate them before you cut them up and they will last longer.) Make enough sets… (largest class)/2+1. Photocopy the answer sheet on white paper, enough for (total number of students)/2+a few. Do the activity yourself, then decide how you want your student pairs organized. Usually I pull names from a hat for cooperative pairs, but sometimes I plan the pairs… it depends on the kids and the class. I definitely have my students use rulers, graph paper, and notebook paper for scratch work. With my high school students I allow calculator use, but with my middle school students I do not.
Directions for the students: Each packet contains 24 cards. There are 8 story cards, 8 equation cards, and 8 answer cards. Your job is to match the cards so that the story goes with the proper equations and the correct solution (ordered pair). As you work, please complete this sheet. Attach additional work (graphs, algebra, etc.) you did in order to make your matches.