Monday, 26 June 2017

Linear Matching

A while back, Pam Wilson shared an old linear matching activity. It had students match up a graph, two points, a slope and two forms of a linear equation to form a set. I really liked it, but it used old calculator screen captures for the graphs. I cleaned it up and ran it with my students. It went well, but I learned that it works better if each type of card (graph, slope, equation, etc.) is printed on one colour of paper so that students have a complete set when they have one card of each colour.

Here is the .docx file and here is the .pdf file. I'd love to hear if you use it and how we could make it better!


  1. You may well be right about the colors, but lots of teachers barely have enough white paper for copies/handouts. Just a reminder about the age of austerity education many colleagues have lived in for a long time.

    1. One of the work arounds that I've used for only having white paper is to run a marker/highlighter down the edge so that when you cut out the cards, they each have a bit of the highlighted line to differentiate the various groups of cards. It takes a bit of extra time, but isn't bad for group activities like this where you only need a few sets.

  2. I do something very similar, with an added group of the "story" that each graph tells. For example, Kim went to the fair and it cost her ten dollars entry. She then paid 50 cents for every ride she took! You can also include a card set with restricted domains or ranges, as the scenario suits. Lastly, i would include horizontal and vertical lines into your set.