Ideas for teaching high school and middle school math. Innovative approaches that address the changing ways that today's student learns material.
 
I find when teaching how to write the equations of lines the best progression is as follows:

1st: Graph the function when given the equation
2nd: Match a given graph to its equation
3rd: Write the equation of function given its graph

I feel that this order helps students complete the last task better. 

For this matching game, I printed the solution page of the worksheet from kuta(http://www.kutasoftware.com/freeia2.html) and cut the equation and graph on separate index cards for each group. I knew my students would find it easy and it allowed the kiddos to work with one another on a task that was not that long. I planned on using this the opener to my student's review day for their upcoming quiz but then I started to make them. To make one set took me 10 minutes and I was planning on making 10. I made 2. I plan on making the rest to use for next year-I will be making these while watching a movie or getting a student to make them! While we reviewed, I handed out the index cards to students who where done and had them match with the sets I had completed. It worked well to keep those students working with something they find 'fun'!

I also attached the notes I give my students when we first look at the writing the equation of an absolute value function graph. The lesson went well--my students typically find it "easy" and nice break. 

I see it as the calm before the storm. Piecewise functions are next. 
graphing_absolute_value_equations.pdf
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2.4_day_2_gn_pb.docx
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Brenda
06/08/2012 20:06

Google "Tarsia Jigsaw" -- There's a software program from the UK that will help you create these types of activities. The best part is it's free AND additional websites have tons of them already created. I believe the company is Hermitech for the actual download. You have a great blog by the way.

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Natalie Turbiville
07/29/2012 19:18

Thanks for the suggestion! I am always looking for additional resources. I believe in "borrowing"--thanks for reading!

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Renee
03/14/2013 21:54

You stated that you shared notes with your students during this activity. Would you share those with me? You can email them. I think this is a great activity.

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Ideas for teaching high school and middle school math. Innovative approaches that address the changing ways that today's student learns material.