This is only the beginning of an idea. Really just me thinking aloud.
In my algebra 1 morning session at TMC [sidenote: I have a TMC reflection post in the works, but I'm still processing it all] we talked about linear functions, and the idea of functions and relationships in general. My group discussed that most of us were using Graphing Stories which I had a lot of fun with this year. In addition to this, @pwobyrne said that he uses graphs from Indexed which I'd never heard of before. I looked it up that night and was hooked. I stayed up way too late reading that night. Go check it out now if you haven't.
She just posts a little index card graph each day. These are just a few I like:
So how could we use this??
I have a couple ideas floating around my head:
- An open-ended writing task. Just give the kids a graph and have them write about it. Write about what the graph means, why that might be, what it means, anything else that may come to mind. Get them interpreting the graph and get them writing. Really open ended though so that they can put down whatever they notice and wonder. Having them do this on index cards and hanging them up could be cute. Maybe have it like once a week? Indexed Mondays? That's not a catchy name at all...
- After they are comfortable with the idea, maybe give them one without the line drawn and have them decide and draw what the graph might look like. They could compare with each other and talk about why they are similar/different and what it means. If I did this I might not want to show them the one from the website because I think their opinions would all be valid (as long as they put some thought into it) and I wouldn't want them to think they got it "wrong."
- Maybe have them browse the website themselves and pick one/some out to talk about. Or maybe look for one they disagree with and have them explain why.
Any other ideas? I'd love to hear them. Let's discuss...