We just tested on graphing with tables and intercepts and this was our first day with slope. The student have studied slope in their pre-algebra class, but you know we need to visit it again in Algebra 1.
The set up. I created 4 stations around my room with acrylic frames that gave the student instructions on what to do.
At the beginning of class we had a short lesson on how to find the slope if you are given a table. Then I randomly divided the class into four groups and sent each group to a station.
The student had 15 minutes at each station and I displayed the following timer on my screen:
Station 1 (Digital Station):
At this station, the students used their laptops (and ear buds) to go through a desmos activity on finding slope from a graph.
Slope from a graph Desmos activity <-- link to activity
Station 2 (Small Group Instruction):
Finding slope from an equation with yours truly
At this station, I worked with a small group of students and taught them (or reminded them) how to determine the slope if you are given an equation. I really liked this station, because I had the opportunity to work with every single student.
Here is a copy of that worksheet --> LINK TO WORKSHEET
Station 3 (Interactive Station):
Slope from Tables: Problem Trains.
At this station, the students worked together to solve the problem train on finding slope if you are given a table. You can find that activity HERE.
Station 4 (Review Station):
Two-Step Equation Pyramid
My Algebra 1 students are making a lot of careless mistakes with solving equations. So, I figured this would be a perfect topic to cover during this station rotation. I received this activity when I signed up for All Things Algebra's free newsletter. I do have a para during these classes and they would manage this station.
What Went Well:
- The students were on task the whole time. I made sure to have enough work at each station so that there is little to no down time.
- The 90 minutes flew by.
- All students received individual attention and a many misconceptions were corrected.
What Needs Work:
- I don't know how this escaped me, but I didn't plan for closure. Next time I will have a wrap-up and exit ticket to round out the class.