A math train is a great way to differentiate instruction for your students! The systems of equations are set up to be solved either by graphing, substitution, or elimination. A recording sheet is included with space to solve each question with whichever method the students choose!
Prior to Lesson
• This activity provides teachers with 24 systems of equations cards, hint and solution cards, and a student recording sheet.
• The systems cards should be separated and pasted onto construction paper. I suggest using one color of paper for each type of problem. The hint/solution cards should be separated and glued on the back of the construction paper. (I used this activity in my Math Support class – you may choose to write the solution on the back of the cards without the hints).
• Student desks need to be arranged in two rows so that students are facing each other in pairs.
• Laminate the cards so you can continue to use them!
During the Lesson
• Each student will be assigned one system of equations to solve. Students can use the hints if necessary and should check their answer when they’re done. They are now “experts” on this problem.
• Once every student masters their expert problem, they trade problems with the person sitting across from them. If students get stuck, they should rely on the “expert” to help before asking the teacher. The goal is to get students working together with minimal input from you!
• When students are done working on their new problem, they give the “expert” card back to the owner. One row of students gets up and rotates so everyone is seated across from a new partner. (Like speed dating!)
• Students trade cards and begin the process all over again until everyone has completed 12 problems.