Two points walk into a bar just to drop me a line. OK, so maybe the joke isn’t that funny, but you get the point! Graphing Linear Equations allows students to use their prior knowledge of equations and coordinate points to graph linear equations on a grid. Students begin by randomly selecting x values, finding the corresponding y values, plotting the points and connecting them with a line.
Students are then introduced to graphing linear equations using the x- and y-intercepts and then the slope and y-intercept. Throughout this activity, students will plot points on interactive coordinate grids to see the formation of lines based on linear equations. This activity concludes by having the students graph a parabola and compare the graph and equation to that of a line.