Today in class our student teacher (Ms. Jenkins) introduced an activity from the MARS website that involves having students match graphs, tables and stories. (Activity linked here.) We are in the middle of our function unit in 8th grade and the students are struggling a bit. Taking a day (or two) to let them process some of the new things from last week, as well as how the different representations of a function go together, is a great idea!
Students were paired up with a degree partner. Each student was given a half-sheet of paper with a grid to help them keep track of their pairings. Each pair was given a set of graphs, tables & stories. The focus of day one is to match the stories and graphs.
After pairs of students had the graphs and stories matched from day 1, they were asked to add in the tables. We choose to switch up partners for day 2. (They were a bit rowdy on day 1.) Most partners got right to work and choose to look at the graphs to match the tables. Very few actually looked at the stories again. In years past the tables have taken a bit longer but this year, students seemed to match the tables fairly quickly. There were a few common errors, but overall, they did it with a higher success rate than they did matching the stories and graphs on day 1.