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Linear Inequalities

I usually teach linear inequalities right after systems of equations, but this year I ended that unit right before Thanksgiving break, then we spent the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas on Radicals and Rational Exponents. Then when we came back in the new year, it was on to polynomials and quadratics. Although I kept meaning to find a few days to fit in linear inequalities, it kept getting lost. Then we had a four day week right after we wrapped up the quadratics unit where it fit perfectly. I actually liked having this topic here for a few reasons: 1. Coming off using the quadratic formula to find irrational solutions, this seemed like a breeze! 2. It was a great refresher of graphing linear functions. I reminded them how we graphed one-variable inequalities on the number line with open and closed circles and then we extended that to dashed and solid lines.

I developed these fun interactive notes for students to practice graphing linear inequalities, writing linear inequalities from a graph and solving word problems involving linear inequalities. Students really liked shading their graphs with colored pencils and markers. We did the first one together, then they graphed the second one on their own and we talked about how to shade together.

With both these problems projected on the board, at least one student in each class would point out that > are shaded above the line and < are shaded below. Just like any other shortcut, we talked about the limitations and specifically how this only works if y is on the left side of the equation. Some of my students liked to use this shortcut and some preferred to test a point. I modeled with testing (0,0).

Next we took on the word problem together, rearranging the equation in standard form to graph it in y-intercept form. Then we jumped to the other word problem and students tried it on their own. These word problems helped my students understand the shading in context.

Then I had the students complete the other problems on their own. I projected them onto the board and had students work them out.

Students practiced with this coloring activity. I love all the variety of my creative students!