In this activity, students are given various clues such as the standard form of the equation of a line, point slope form, slope, x intercept, y intercept, and 2 random points. They are to use the given information to find the remaining missing information. This activity is a great way for students to demonstrate understanding and connections between these different components of a linear function. The activity can be used as an enrichment for a lower grade level Algebra class, practice for an on level Algebra 1 class, or a good review/preassessment for an Algebra 2 class.
There are 3 variations provided for this activity to allow for differentiation.
Level A: The answers are color coded by clue. The teacher should print the table out in color, cut up the pieces, and ask students to arrange the pieces into groups. To help students check their work, they should have 1 of each color in each group.
Level B: Answers are all provided however they are NOT color coded. This requires a little more depth of understanding for the student since he has to recognize what type of information would fall under each category. For Level B, the teacher should cut up the pieces and have students arrange the pieces into groups.
Level C: This level requires the most demonstration of understanding because no answers are provided except for the example. In this level students are asked to figure out each missing piece which then requires more problems being worked out and less “process of elimination” as is possible in Levels A and B.
An example is provided for the students as well as an answer key for the teacher.
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