All 3 of my classes have a quiz today. And with a half-day of school today due to parent conferences at the elementary level, there’s just no time for a class opener in any of my classes today.
But wait…there must be something I can share with you all! This week’s freshman class offered a number of great activities which provided much-needed practice, along with team building and class-vs-class trash talk. This week’s unit focused on functions: specifically, operations with functions , inverses and domain/range.
SPEED DATING WITH FUNCTIONS
To set up this activity, students ripped apart my classroom, moving desks into two long rows, with tables facing each other. Then, each student took a card, which offered an expression, such as “2x+5”, “x^2+2”, “-3x+1”. Students on one side of the table were assigned the role of f(x), while the other side of the table was g(x). This was written on the board at the end of the long table so students could remember.
Next, I held up a dry-erase board with a function operation. With their speed-dating partner, the pair completed the operation. Here are some sample tasks:
- Find (f+g)(x)
- Find f(g(x))
- Find (f/g)(x) and state any domain restrictions
- Find g(f(n+1))
- Find g(f(g( -2 )))
Partnerships reached an agreement on their answer, and I encouraged pairs to write down any problems which caused trouble so we could review them later. After each question, all student rose from their chairs, and moved one chair over in a clock-wise direction, which ensured that students worked with a host of different partners and functions. The entire activity took about 30 minutes, and was a fun review for our quiz today.
FUNCTION INVERSE MATCHING
A dash of creativity and preparation can turn a mundane worksheet into a classroom filled with action and sharing. In this activity, I created a worksheet (using Kuta software) of 25 linear functions, where students are asked to find the inverse. Giving all of these for students to do would not be the most thrilling task of their high school careers, yet we need some practice with identifying inverses. So, here’s what I did:
- Take the questions and their answers, cut them all apart, seprating question from answers. Place them in a baggie to store. Shake up the baggie.
- My students sit in groups, so each group was given a handful of the slips of paper.
- Project a stopwatch on the screen.
- Have the class select a class captain.
- When I say go (and start the stopwatch), the goal for the class is to match up all 25 functions with their inverses. I give no rules for how they need to organize this, other than that the problems need to be in order, as I have left the question numbers with the original problems.
- The class which completes the task quickest wins class snack.
This week, my morning class completed the task in over 12 minutes. My afternoon class was a bit more organized from the jump and took only 10. The teamwork and whole-class participation was exactly what I was looking for! The questions I used this week are given below. Enjoy!