Are you looking for a creative way to show that your students understand systems of linear inequalities? Tired of all of the same worksheets? I created this activity for my class in an effort to make the shading of "half-planes" a little bit more exciting. I was surprised at how well my class did with this activity and think that it would be effective in your class as well. The basic concept is that you will have them graph a total of 6 inequalities and shade accordingly. Even though it looks like childhood coloring it actually gives you a quick and easy way to see if they understand the concepts without squinting at all of the numbers on the graph. The follow-up questions reinforce the topic and force them to think about the various overlapping sections and the associated meaning.
**Make sure your students answer the questions in Part 2 before moving on the the final graphs in Part 3 when more colors are involved.
To complete this activity you will need crayons or colored pencils in the following colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple. You will also need full a full sized coordinate system or graph paper. I would suggest printing a free graph from a site like:
I have not included graph paper in this download. Standard 1/4 inch graph paper would work fine as long as the students created their own x and y axis before they start.
I received a lot of great feedback about this activity from my students and many of them appreciated the relaxing change of pace. Even 8th graders like to color when given the opportunity!
Be sure to check out my other creative math lessons for Algebra, Pre-Algebra and Geometry! If you are happy with this download I would appreciate any feedback you would be willing to leave. Thanks for looking and happy teaching!
Systems of Inequalities Art
by Dana Burrows
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