First Step, Stop! for Quadratic Functions is a 10-minute in-class activity that is really helpful for students to practice determining which approach to use without having to complete the entire problem! It is great for sequential problems, such as solving equations. The best part about it is that it is very effective and super easy to implement!
Operations of square roots.
Rationalizing monomial denominators: square roots and cube roots.
Rationalizing binomial denominators,
How this activity can be used in class:
The First Step, Stop! can be used in many ways, and below is a description of how I use it in class! I ask students to complete each question in pairs or in groups. I always need to emphasize that only the first step should be completed, not the entire question. After students have finished working, I post the answer key on the board and ask them which questions they would like me to go over!
This activity could be used as a warm-up or exit ticket. There could be a prize awarded to students who score the highest! You could ask the students to work together, but only choose one of their papers to be submitted and graded. It could be graded formally or informally.
Other Favorite Activities:
First Step, Stop! works wonderfully when it’s used in conjunction with other activities! The following activities are some of my favorites that I use to “break up” the lesson. The combination of these activities has completely transformed my classroom! Students have improved remarkably in their math confidence, performance, and retention. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you implement these activities in your classroom =)
Mad Math Minute
It’s a Race!
Other “First Step, Stop!” activities you might like:
Solving Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities
Simplifying Radical Expressions
Solving Radical Equations
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