## Monday, January 23, 2012

### 3 Fun Online Games For Reviewing Slope and Linear Equations

We've been reviewing finding slope on a graph, using the slope-formula, and writing equations depending on the given information (two points, slope and a point, just the graph) the past two weeks.  These three fun flash games were successful in keeping my students' attention for a full 50 minute period, which doesn't happen frequently.

Algebra vs. The Cockroaches - Cockroaches walk back and forth along a linear path, and you must fill in the slope, y-intercept or both to draw a line to kill them.  It starts with vertical and horizontal lines, then direct variations, then slope and y-intercept together as the levels progress.

Slope-Intercept Game - Students answer questions about the slope of an equation that's not in slope-intercept form, finding the slope of a line between two points, etc. If they get it right, they get to shoot a basketball with a character they customize at the beginning of the game.

Linear Equations Game - The game is called "Save The Zogs" and it works pretty much like Algebra vs. the Cockroaches: find the line where most of the "zogs" are aligned, then write the equation that will "save" them. It starts off pretty easy but gets challenging quickly.

I challenged students to reach certain levels on each game, but they were into them without the goals.  In the Slope-Intercept basketball game, students would play the entire round over again because they wanted to get the answers correct and get more chances to shoot a basket.

If you've found fun, engaging online games for middle or high school math, please share them in the comments.

#### 4 comments:

We're New York's Brightest said...

Sounds like three really great lesson plans! I did something really similar to to Algebra vs. The Cockroaches as a student teacher, though it was with a mock paternity case, but that was with freshmen. For my 8th graders in the Bronx, I'd really like to try Algebra vs. The Cockroaches and have each level get progressively harder. How do they customize the characters in the Slope-Intercept game?

EmilytheSecond said...

I don't have one-to-one technology, but I do have a SMART Board. Do you have any suggestions on how to use the Algebra vs. cockroaches with a SMART Board, or similar games that could be played on graph paper instead of technology? I think I saw one once that was based on battleship.

Haunted Manor Queen of Death said...

That’s really awesome! I’ve been reading a lot of post similar to this topic, and this is one of the best post I’d ever read. Great job!

Cindy said...

Emily, I introduced Algebra vs. Cockroaches on an interactive board. I have since migrated to laptops for groups of two, but I originally had groups of students gather around the board and work together. I used it more like a learning center where students took turns and others worked at their desk until their griots came to the board.