Each of our activities is designed to be flexible and self-contained. Please feel free to use any of the activities as the basis of your teaching or as supplementary materials.
You do not need to do more than one of the activities in order for them to be useful. However, we have listed them here in the approximate order that we have used them with middle school students. This may be helpful for teachers looking for a series of activities.
Please explore our categorizations by activity type, process, and math concept if you are looking for something specific!
Middle School Lessons
- Who Shares My Function? - Linear with All Representations - Students will work in groups after finding other students who have the same linear function represented by a story, a table, a graph, or an equation. They will attempt to explain and discuss why the different representations refer to the same function.
- Box of Clay Activity - Students will compare two cubic functions based on the context of the volumes of a box of clay.
- Can We Predict Differences? - Students will predict, produce, and compare linear and non-linear function graphs used to represent the number of punches on a balloon.
- Candy Experiment - Students will create their own data to construct a graph and equation of negative and fractional slope.
- Jason's Tree House - Students will extract data from a story and use tables and graphs to answers questions about proposed scenarios.
- Playground Construction - Students will create a quadratic equation based on the context of building a playground referring to surface, fencing, and equipment needed, to create an equation of y = ax2 + bx + c form.
- Race Car Activity - Students will look at four different graphs to determine which two describe the scenario proposed by the teacher displaying parallel lines and the correct y-intercepts.
- Sound Loudness - Students will examine a non-linear function depicted in a graph and generate the corresponding function table and equation.
- Who Shares My Function? - Linear with Graphs and Stories - Students will make groups by finding other students who have the same quadratic or linear function in different representations.