Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Teaching Slope with Stained Glass

This is a simple idea and lots of fun for students. Give the class a list of linear equations to graph. This list should include any type of linear equations that you like that make a nice design. I generally give students about 10-15 lines to graph on the same piece of graph paper. Have students color in their graphs to display in the classroom. Makes a nice room decoration for the holidays...or any time of the year. The best thing about the assignment is that it is self-checking, as all students should end up with the same design- they will have just colored it in differently!

For variation, I have students then create a list of their own equations for a friend to graph and color. They love this.

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