I’m sitting here watching my Algebra 1 students take the EOC, hoping that I’ve prepared them for the questions they will encounter on the test. I don’t like that we can’t see the questions to know if we have taught them the right stuff or asked the questions the right way.
One thing I do to get them ready is to have them practice graphing electronically. I created performance event type questions in Google Slides. They practice labeling each axis, dragging the dots to the grid and using the line tool to draw a line. Hopefully our practice will pay off!
I know students want to do well and teachers want to prepare them well. It’s more challenging when you have no idea what the questions will be. Good luck Algebra 1 troopers!
I’ve shared two of my performance events below. They are set to view only so make a copy. If you use it and find them helpful, please let me know.
I try not to just promote apps and websites but I found a gem for anyone wanting to create their own math content. You know how pre-created material have those fancy official looking graphs? With arrows at both ends! GraphFree.com is exactly what you’ve been looking for. Scatter plots for line of fit practice, one and two variable inequalities, any function… they all look good.
Why do I create my own content? I differentiate instruction in my classroom and I’m always needing more practice for standards. This site has been amazing for creating these resources. I’ve used them in Google docs and slide activities too. The image quality is great.
I didn’t show it on the graphs below, but you can label and number each axis. It’s very versatile.
If you try it out and like it, let me know!
This year we have had the honor of piloting 1:1 iPads for Freshmen. One of the projects I created was a transparent graph that can be placed over a photo in Notability. The app itself is amazing and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t. Students were instructed to take a picture of something that demonstrated slope and they brought them to class on their iPad. I had them import the .note file (attached) with the transparent graph and they replaced my picture with theirs. We then took notes over slope using their photo. It was an awesome project and we have used this process for systems of of equations and will use it again for graphing parabolas.
This project was originally posted on SJSDMath.posterous.com but all of my Posterous content will be moved to this blog as Posterous will no longer exist.