Thursday, 2 April 2015

Easter Analytic Geometry Review Activity

This is an Easter review activity where students will answer analytic geometry questions and collect eggs on the Smartboard. (This is the Easter version to a Halloween activity post. If teaching in the spring this context makes more sense otherwise in the fall use the Halloween activity instead at this link - they are the same questions in both activities)

  • determine, through investigation, the characteristics that distinguish the equation of a straight line from the equations of nonlinear relations
  • identify, through investigation, the equation of a line in any of the forms y = mx + b,             Ax + By + C = 0, x = a, y = b
  • express the equation of a line in the form y = mx + b, given the form Ax + By + C = 0
  • determine, through investigation, various formulas for the slope of a line segment or line and use the formulas to determine the slope of a line segment or a line
  • identify, through investigation with technology, the geometric significance of m and b in the equation y = mx + b
  • identify, through investigation, properties of the slopes of lines and line segments
  • graph lines by hand, using a variety of techniques
  • determine the equation of a line from information about the line
  • describe the meaning of the slope and y-intercept for a linear relation arising from a realistic situation
  • construct tables of values, graphs, and equations, using a variety of tools to represent linear relations derived from descriptions of realistic situations

  • 51 plastic Easter eggs (find at a Dollar store)
  • 2 Easter baskets (find at a Dollar store)
  • analytic geometry questions
  • solution handout
  • Smartboard
  • Smart Notebook file with score board
  • whiteboard and markers (optional)
  • Easter decorations (optional)
  • prizes for winning team (optional)

  1. Print questions in colour.  Cut out questions and place one in each of the 51 eggs.
  2. Place eggs in an Easter basket.
  3. Bring up the scoreboard on the smartboard.  (Could create your own scoreboard if a smartboard is not available)
  4. Place students is groups and give each student a whiteboard and marker.
  5. Have each group choose an Easter basket from the scoreboard.
  6. One student from the group will come up and choose an egg.  They will bring it back to their group where all members will answer the question inside.
  7. One person will then come and check their answer with the teacher.
  8. The teacher will check off that the group has answered that question.  
  9. The student will then drag an egg to their Easter basket on the smartboard.  Based on difficulty, questions with no eggs on the card students collect 1 egg, questions with  2  eggs on the card students collect 2 eggs and the same with 3 eggs.
  10. Have students place the question back in the egg and choose another one.  (Answered questions with egg should be put in a separate basket and put back in circulation when eggs get low.)
  11. The group who collects the most eggs will win.  
Note:  There are some special cards that students will find. I call these the golden eggs (they are not always in yellow eggs but the card is yellow).

To see the activity in action with an applied class (with proportional reasoning), go to this post (ie it runs the same way but with different questions) 

  • Analytic Geometry Egg Hunt questions (pdf) (doc)
  • Analytic Geometry Egg Hunt solutions (pdf) (doc)
  • Egg Hunt scoreboard (Smart Notebook file) (not)
Did you use this activity? Do you have a way to make it better? If so tell us in the comment section. Thanks

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