Cards speed dating
I will ask a volunteer student to give a brief summary of what we did today in class.
I will ask another volunteer to compare and contrast linear equations and linear systems that have special solutions.
They will pair up with another student, and both students will introduce themselves to each other using the equation that is taped to their shirt.
Next, both students will join to create a system of equations together, and then they will graph both lines on their paper.
During this time, I will pull a small group of students who may be struggling with this concept based on in-class observations, and our last exit card.
Before we began this group activity, I will ask the class if they know what speed dating is.
I will ask the students to justify their responses by filling in the explanation below each graph on their paper.
Lastly, we will review the three problems, and talk about each type of system: Students will then complete the six practice problems on the back of their notes with a partner.
Please enjoy this fun video of the song my students started to sing as they searched for their BFF.
Next, I will ask the class to recall the special solutions that we discovered when we solved linear equations.
I will ask two students to name what they were, and to give an example of an equation that would fit the description of "no solutions" or "infinite solutions".
There isn’t any offensive content but perhaps some cultural sensitivities should be borne in mind and the entire concept may be inappropriate for some non-European cultures.
Also, some of the information is local to where I live so perhaps you should consider changing that too. The activity worked well for the vast majority of my classes.
This is a speaking activity that I made for my teenage classes on Valentine’s Day, but you could do it anytime.