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Writing Linear Equations from Tables Paper Chain Activity

Grade Levels
7th - 11th
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16 pages
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Looking for a fun activity that is self-checking, collaborative and practices writing linear equations from tables? This is a set of 16 problems that need to be cut apart, reassembled in the correct order and fastened together like a chain until the end is reached.

Each of the links has a table of values and the linear equation for another set of points. Students will need to calculate the slope and intercept from the table and then find the answer on another strip. Students can either line up the strips in order before fastening together or attach as they go.

Students begin with the link marked start and continue until they are out of links. If students are struggling, teacher can let students know which is the last link. This is a great warm up to review before a quiz. Works well with partners or a group of 3.

Each of the links also have a letter, teacher can quickly identify student progress by using the check word/phrase . Or teacher can look at the links in order.

To finish the lesson, use the included exit cards, which can be randomly assigned to students to check their understanding. If students have never completed a paper chain before, then having a sample they can see (not look at to see the order) helps them understand what the finished product will look like.


✂Answer Key

✂4 pages of student "chains"

✂18 exit cards

✂Teacher Directions

✂Worksheet for student calculations because showing work in Math Class is always good ☺

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Total Pages
16 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Represent constraints by equations or inequalities, and by systems of equations and/or inequalities, and interpret solutions as viable or non-viable options in a modeling context. For example, represent inequalities describing nutritional and cost constraints on combinations of different foods.
Create equations in two or more variables to represent relationships between quantities; graph equations on coordinate axes with labels and scales.


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