A couple of months ago, I wrapped up our Expressions and Equations unit and realized that I had not shared these resources out with my I 🖤 EDU community. So, I thought I would share one of my favorite introduction activities that I created for this unit…a Solving Equations HyperDoc!
Every Monday, my students are introduced to a topic through an activity. This could be an activity through HyperDocs, PearDeck, Desmos, BreakoutEDU or a variety of other instructional (and usually techy) strategies. In this way, students are introduced to the material before they take formal notes on it that night. (As a reminder, I have flipped my classroom and my students take formal notes every Monday night.)
Since most of my students were very familiar with solving equations, I felt that a HyperDoc would be a great way to remind them of what they know and challenge them to deepen their current understanding. Here is the breakdown of the HyperDoc:
- Engage – Students are challenged to write down the steps to solving an equation – without actually solving it!
- Explore – Students use their whiteboards to solve equations and drag/drop the steps on their Slide Deck.
- Explain – Students watch a flipped classroom video and take notes.
- Apply – Students participate in a “partner play” activity in Google Forms where they each have a problem to solve. Each problem will produce the same answer. Response validation is used to provide students immediate feedback.
- Extend – Students are challenged to create their own “partner play” game with new equations.
- Reflect – Students reflect on their learning.
Interested? Check it out below and/or make your own copy!
To create your own copy, click HERE. (Note: If you create your own copy, you will also need to create your own version of the partner play activity on Slide #11.)
What kind of activities do you use in your classroom to introduce lesson concepts? Share in the comments below! 🙂