Okay, so “musical chairs” is really something of a misnomer: this activity is actually designed to get students OUT of their chairs – moving around the room, dancing, and having fun while interpreting and generating various representations of linear functions.
This resource includes 9 poster cards for you to print and hang around your room. (I recommend card stock and lamination for durability, but it’s not necessary). Each poster card represents a different linear relationship. There are three tables, three graphs, and three equations (all in slope-intercept form).
You’ll also need nine songs that are approximately 3 minutes in length. Personally, I think it is fun to have the students themselves provide the music. If you have a set of speakers that will work, just have the kids take turns plugging in their phones or mp3 players to choose something off of their own playlists. If your school gives you access to YouTube or other sites where free music is available, you can also take song requests and stream them from your computer. Of course, you can always use songs of your own choosing.
Print an answer sheet for each student and have them form small groups. Since the cards don’t have to be worked in any particular order, I recommend assigning a starting card to each small group. Explain to students that they need to work together on their assigned card and finish the problem before the end of the song. For each given representation, students have to interpret the function and represent it two other ways. (For example, if they are given a graph, they have to come up with a corresponding table and equation. They also identify the y-intercept, determine whether the slope is positive or negative, and indicate whether or not the relationship is proportional. When the song is over, they rotate to the next card. Repeat this until all groups have traveled to every card. A full key is included.
Purchase of this product includes a multiple license, so you can share it with other teachers in your district. See my copyright page (included in the preview) for more details on that.
Thanks so much for visiting my little store, and I hope you and your students find value in this resource.
CCSS: 8.F.A.1, 8.F.A.2, 8.F.A.3, 8.F.A.4, 8.F.A.5
Old TEKS: 8.3A, 8.4A
New TEKS: 8.5A, 8.5B, 8.5F