## Monday, October 17, 2016

### Teaching Writing Linear Equations {Grade 8}

One of my favorite topics to teach in eighth grade math {Pre-Algebra} was teaching students how to write Linear Equations! Students have prior knowledge of numbers, expressions, and variables which helps them to be able to write equations that are linear.

I have listed here four activities to review and practice Writing Linear Equations. I hope these help jump start your lesson planning into Linear Equations. The key to getting your students involved in the learning process is to include interactive, visual, engaging activities for them to actively participate in.

These interactive notebook activities are intended to help students understand how to construct a function to model a linear relationship, construct and interpret scatter plots for bivariate data, investigate patterns of association between two quantities, know that straight lines are widely used to model relationships between two variables, and use the equation of a linear model to solve problems in the context of bivariate data.

Included are:
-4 different Writing Linear Equations activities to engage students
-Teacher facilitated activity for 60-90 minutes of classroom time
-Activities include: Vocabulary, Writing a rule (linear equation) from a graph, Writing a rule from two points using slope-intercept form, and finding the slope with the slope formula.
-Examples of Completed Interactive Math Notebook Activities are included

This math station activity is intended to help students understand how to construct a function to model a linear relationship, construct and interpret scatter plots for bivariate data, investigate patterns of association between two quantities, know that straight lines are widely used to model relationships between two variables, and use the equation of a linear model to solve problems in the context of bivariate data.

Included are:
-6 different stations to engage students
-Teacher facilitated activity for 60-90 minutes of classroom time
-Stations include:
1. Vocabulary
2. Technology (Need classroom computers & internet access to ixl.com)
3. Practice of Writing Linear Equations
4. Additional Practice of Writing Linear Equations
5. Real World applications of Writing Linear Equations
6. Word problems of Writing Linear Equations
-Student Station Guide helps students record their answers
-ALL ANSWER KEYS included

This lesson unit is intended to help you assess how well students are able to understand how to model a linear relationship between two quantities and determine the rate of change (slope) from two (x,y) values.Included in this lesson are:
-one formative assessment (pre-test) task
-card sort activity with concept development of linear equations
-one extension activity for students to deepen their conception of linear equations
-one summative assessment (post-test) task
-answer keys for all the assessments and activities
-how the lesson is tied to common core and mathematical practices

This October Math NO PREP packet that will keep your eighth graders engaged! This packet is just plain fun. Not only is it PACKED with seventh-grade common core math problems, it also gives students fun coloring, puzzles, and problem solving. Use this packet for bellwork, classwork, extra credit, fast finishers, or homework!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIAL OF THE NO PREP MATH PACKETS FOR OCTOBER

Have fun with Writing Linear Equations! Find a creative approach and teach it. October is a long and hard time to engage your students. YET IT IS the perfect time to engage your students in Math and the rewards will be higher in the end of year!