My competing love and disdain of worksheets has led me once again to seek out an activity that has built-in practice while giving students a break from traditional bookwork. I happened upon this post from Kim Hughey about her Star chain activity. The idea is that you start of with 11 or 12 questions that have unique solutions. You put the answers on a different square than the question appears. Students cut the sheet and line up the the questions with the correct solution as they go.

Here's what my page looked like. I used it for our lesson on graphing quadratics (and Newton's Formula). Some of my students come from middle schools that prepared them very well with how to use their calculator while others have no idea how to work it. This was a great activity because it allowed the students who knew what they were doing to zip right through without listening to me explain how to do a bunch of problems. Since it is a self-checking activity, they could tell right away if they were on the right track because the answer would either be there or not (kind of like a multiple choice test scenario...). The students who were less confident were able to take their time and ask questions as I roamed about the room.

Here is a link to the downloadable document: pdf / dock

Here is the answer key for my "star chain".

Here's what my page looked like. I used it for our lesson on graphing quadratics (and Newton's Formula). Some of my students come from middle schools that prepared them very well with how to use their calculator while others have no idea how to work it. This was a great activity because it allowed the students who knew what they were doing to zip right through without listening to me explain how to do a bunch of problems. Since it is a self-checking activity, they could tell right away if they were on the right track because the answer would either be there or not (kind of like a multiple choice test scenario...). The students who were less confident were able to take their time and ask questions as I roamed about the room.

Here is a link to the downloadable document: pdf / dock

Here is the answer key for my "star chain".