This activity is designed for students who have been introduced to calculating the slope of a line from a graph. During this activity, students will analyze the slope that is hidden within the alphabet's 26 letters. Students will start by calculating the slope of the word "MATH" that has been graphed on a coordinate grid using only straight line segments. After that, they will calculate the slope of both their name and a friend or family member's name by graphing the letters on a coordinate plane. After completing the slope calculations, the students will be asked to identify which letters have zero slope, undefined slope, positive slope, or negative slope.
My students LOVED being able to graph their own names and I had extremely high levels of engagement during this activity. Hopefully, yours will enjoy it too!