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Six Flags End-of-year Algebra Trip Packet

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Six Flags End-of-year Algebra Trip Packet

This folder has a cover pages and six extended, scaffolded problems that are designed for an end-of-year trip to Six Flags Great America. It covers linear and quadratic functions and transformations. The problems refer specifically to the rides and experiences that students will have while at the park, while at the same time most of the problems can be finished at home or on the bus. Each problem has a rubric for standard-based scoring of problems. Feel free to download and change at will. Please don't change the originals.

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Weights of Animals - systems of equations
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Weights of Animals - systems of equations

This is designated as a problem for systems of equations in algebra I, but can be used in Unit 0 for pretty much any course... I used it in my College Math classes and in my Calculus classes. I developed an activity and worksheet that focuses on problem solving processes rather than obtaining the correct answer. First students have to look at the picture and they can't use a pen or pencil but have 1 minute to think "what is this problem asking me?" (NOTE: Answers can vary) Then, they will develop a plan to solve it, share that with a neighbor (still no writing), and then they can solve it. Later on, there is space for them to explain their process. Then, facilitate a discussion about the different methods that can be used, and the efficiency of solving it in a certain way, etc. The math practices can be driven home through this (especially MP 1)!!!!