Once students become familiar with plotting points and graphing lines they can use their skills to notice patterns. However, plotting everything by hand can be a D-R-A-G on precious class time. At times we’ve used an online graphing calculator from Desmos to increase efficiency. These are some screenshots from our work:
Geogebra is a platform that has a number of applets for kids to explore. Students are developing a deeper conceptual understanding using the visuals these applets provide. Try exploring the connection between 3 dimensions and 2 dimensions using these applets:
Desmos Adds Suspense and Challenge
Desmos designs and curates a number of classroom activities that build suspense and add challenge. Marbleslides provides practice with equations in the y=mx+b format. Click on the student preview tabs to give the activity a try and see what you can recall about graphing lines.