I take so many great activities from math teacher blogs. I know I need to start giving back. Here is my first attempt:
This last summer I had a chance to work with Algebra I remediation for the end of course exam retakes. Most of the work we did in the limited time was skill based, but I still wanted to move past the worksheets. On this day we had 2 hours to talk about changes in m and b on linear functions. This was the last lesson of the week, and the following week concentrated on solving linear equations (with 1 or 2 variables).
Students were given a workmat and 3 different sets of cards. The first set of cards had an assortment of linear equations. The next set had different verbal descriptions of changes in slope. The last set had verbal descriptions of changes in the constant or y-intercept.
Students enjoyed the random aspect of the problems, but some students also wanted to seek out different cards that were more challenging