# Which activities have you tried...

Here is a question from the wrap-up discussion on day 8. Post your respnses and comments here.

Which activities have you tried and how did it go?

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I've tried and created some more stations of Algebra activities. We were given the linear version and I then created and used a quadratic version and exponential version that were similar. I think all of those activities went well because they moved slowly, introducing new parts of each equation.

My favorite activity that I tried was the Steps of Algebra where the students collected their own data and then found a linear equation and graphed it. I've also used activities or variants of them in my 7th and 8th grade class.
I tried many of the activities that we were given. My most recent try was the Egg Launch activity. While participating in this during the training I was a little skeptical to give it a try. I thought it would be too difficult for some of my students. I was pleasantly surprised. My students enjoyed tackling this more in-depth problem. They really related to it.

I am currently taking the a4a class online and I also thought that the egg launch activity was too difficult and had decided not to try it. Your experience makes me think I should take another look. What parts of your quadratic unit had you already taught when you used this activity? Would you use it again? Any suggestions or changes that should be made?

The bungee jumping beanie babies is always interesting. The rubber band useage makes it very memerable.
I am always surprised there is not more fooling around. The threat of being hit by a rubber band is real - and does heighten the students awareness and involment in the activitiy.
Barbie Bungee Jumping is great too! I was also a little wary of middle school students and rubber bands, but it's an activity that they are still talking about nearly 3 months later. :)
I think I missed this one. When was this activity presented?

I shoot rubber bands at kids so it's only fair if a few get shot my way.

Could you please explain this activity to me.

It sounds like fun.

Barbie Bungee Jumping is posted in the Lesson Sharing section here, but just so you don't have to search for it, I've posted my Power Point and handouts that I use with students.  It's a linear function activity that was also done this year.... I think during the first session (maybe second) of the Algebra for All Year 2 face-to-face meetings.
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This activity reminds me of my childhood.  I always seemed to be dragged to my mom's friends' houses and told to hang out with the friend's daughter.  It seemed they all loved Barbies so it ended up I would be dangling Barbies off the stairs or tying them to train tracks.  (I straightened out eventually.)  I think my students would really enjoy this idea.  And dodging rubber bands would be part of the fun.

I am always looking for activities that get my students working with the math and getting out of their seats.  Thanks for sharing.

Thank you for posting the Barbie Bungee Jump information.  I became curious after reading the other posts.  It is a very well thought out activity.  I can see students enjoying this activity.  Are the special education students involved in this lesson as well?

This sounds interesting.  Could you please explain this activity to me?

This might be something I may want to try.

I have a couple of the activities described in this course. The one I enjoyed the most was the M&M activity that dealt with exponential functions. The students really enjoyed the hands on aspect, and the fact that as they took away the M&M's they got to eat them. The way to a child's mind is through their stomach evidently... It worked great and all the students had fun that day in math class!