# Linear Equations Stations ```Linear Functions: Stations Activity
Objectives:
1. To graph linear equations.
2. To complete a table of values for each equation.
3. To identify the slope of linear equations in slope-intercept form.
4. To identify the y-intercept of linear equations in slope-intercept form.
5. To explain the effects of “m” on a linear function in slope-intercept form.
6. To explain the effects of “b” on a linear function in slope-intercept form.
Vocabulary:
+ linear function: a function used to create a line
+ parent function: the most basic form of a function, before adding constants
+ slope: the amount that the function increases or decreases as the x-value
changes; the “m” value in an equation in slope-intercept form
+ y-intercept: the point on a graph where the line crosses the y-axis
+ slope-intercept form: linear equation in the form y = mx + b
+ x-axis: the horizontal axis
+ y-axis: the vertical axis
E. Fischer (with T. Hassell, E. Lossia, F. Scott)
pg. 1
Station 1
y = mx
Equation A:
y=x
Fill in the table of values:
x
y
-2
-1
0
1
2
Plot the points on the grid provided.
1. How do the y values change each time x increases by 1? _____
2. How can you see this change in the equation? ________
3. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
Equation B: y = 2x
Fill in the table of values:
x
y
-2
-1
0
1
2
Plot the points on the grid provided.
1. How do the y values change each time x increases by 1? _____
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pg. 2
2. How can you see this change in the equation? ________
3. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
4. How does the m value (the number in front of the x) change the way the
Equation C:
y = .5x
Fill in the table of values:
x
y
-2
-1
0
1
2
Plot the points on the grid provided.
1. How do the y values change each time x increases by 1? _____
2. How can you see this change in the equation? ________
3. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
4. How does the m value (the number in front of the x) change the way the
Equation D:
y = 4x
Fill in the table of values:
x
y
-2
-1
0
1
2
E. Fischer (with T. Hassell, E. Lossia, F. Scott)
pg. 3
Plot the points on the grid provided.
1. How do the y values change each time x increases by 1? _____
2. How can you see this change in the equation? ________
3. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
4. How does the m value (the number in front of the x) change the way the
Equation E:
y = .25x
Fill in the table of values:
x
Y
-2
-1
0
1
2
Plot the points on the grid provided.
1. How do the y values change each time x increases by 1? _____
2. How can you see this change in the equation? ________
3. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
4. How does the m value (the number in front of the x) change the way the
Station 1 “Big Idea” Questions:
1. Looking at the graphs you just created, what conclusions can you draw about
rate of change for each equation? We define rate of change in a linear
function as the slope of the function. Write your answer in a complete
sentence.
2. If you are just looking at the equation, where do you look to find the slope?
E. Fischer (with T. Hassell, E. Lossia, F. Scott)
pg. 4
b. Show an example using an equation you make up. (Circle or underline
the slope):
3. Situation: William is part of a fundraiser at school. He earns \$.50 for every
candy bar he sells. Which graph represents the amount of money he earns?
(Write the equation of the graph)
E. Fischer (with T. Hassell, E. Lossia, F. Scott)
pg. 5
Station 2:
y = -mx
Equation A:
y=x
Fill in the table of values:
x
y
-2
-1
0
1
2
Plot the points on the grid provided.
1. How do the y values change each time x increases by 1? _____
2. How can you see this change in the equation? ________
3. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
Equation B:
y = -x
Fill in the table of values:
x
y
-2
-1
0
1
2
Plot the points on the grid provided.
1. How do the y values change each time x increases by 1? _____
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2. How can you see this change in the equation? ________
3. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
4. How is this line different from the line of the parent function (y=x)? Write
Equation C:
y = -2x
Fill in the table of values:
x
y
-2
-1
0
1
2
Plot the points on the grid provided.
1. How do the y values change each time x increases by 1? _____
2. How can you see this change in the equation? ________
3. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
4. How is this line different from the line of the parent function (y=x)? Write
Equation D:
y = -.5x
Fill in the table of values:
x
y
-2
-1
0
1
2
Plot the points on the grid provided.
E. Fischer (with T. Hassell, E. Lossia, F. Scott)
pg. 7
1. How do the y values change each time x increases by 1? _____
2. How can you see this change in the equation? ________
3. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
4. How is this line different from the line of the parent function (y=x)? Write
Equation E:
y = -4x
Fill in the table of values:
x
y
-2
-1
0
1
2
Plot the points on the grid provided.
1. How do the y values change each time x increases by 1? _____
2. How can you see this change in the equation? ________
3. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
4. How is this line different from the line of the parent function (y=x)? Write
Station 2 “Big Idea” Questions:
1. What does the sign ( – or +) of the slope tell us about the line we are
2. Situation: Jacqui has money invested in the stock market. Unfortunately,
the value of the stock has been decreasing at the rate of \$2 per day. Which
graph represents the amount of money Jacqui is losing?(Write the equation
of the graph)
E. Fischer (with T. Hassell, E. Lossia, F. Scott)
pg. 8
Station 3:
y = x + b or y = x - b
Equation A:
y=x
Fill in the table of values:
x
y
-2
-1
0
1
2
Plot the points on the grid provided.
1. What is the slope of the function? _____
2. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
Equation B:
y=x+1
Fill in the table of values:
x
y
-2
-1
0
1
2
Plot the points on the grid provided.
1. What is the slope of the function? _____
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2. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
3. How is this line different from the line of the parent function (y=x)? Write
Equation C:
y=x–1
Fill in the table of values:
x
y
-2
-1
0
1
2
Plot the points on the grid provided.
1. What is the slope of the function? _____
2. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
3. How is this line different from the line of the parent function (y=x)? Write
Equation D:
y=x+5
Fill in the table of values:
x
y
-2
-1
0
1
2
E. Fischer (with T. Hassell, E. Lossia, F. Scott)
pg. 10
Plot the points on the grid provided.
1. What is the slope of the function? _____
2. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
3. How is this line different from the line of the parent function (y=x)? Write
Equation E:
y=x–5
Fill in the table of values:
x
y
-2
-1
0
1
2
Plot the points on the grid provided.
1. What is the slope of the function? _____
2. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
3. How is this line different from the line of the parent function (y=x)? Write your answer in
complete sentences
Station 3 “Big Idea” Questions:
1. How does the b number change the way the graph looks? Write your answer
in complete sentences.
2. How does the sign (+ or -) of the b number change the way the graph looks?
E. Fischer (with T. Hassell, E. Lossia, F. Scott)
pg. 11
3. Situation: Christopher’s movie-rental plan charges \$5 to set up, and then \$1
for every movie rented. Which graph represents the amount of money he
will pay using this plan? (Write the equation of the graph):
E. Fischer (with T. Hassell, E. Lossia, F. Scott)
pg. 12
Station 4:
y = mx + b or y = mx – b
Equation A: y = x
Fill in the table of values:
x
y
-2
-1
0
1
2
Plot the points on the grid provided.
1. What is the slope of the function? _____
2. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
Equation B:
y = 2x + 1
Fill in the table of values:
x
y
-2
-1
0
1
2
Plot the points on the grid provided.
1. What is the slope of the function? _____
2. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
E. Fischer (with T. Hassell, E. Lossia, F. Scott)
pg. 13
3. How is this line different from the line of the parent function (y=x)? Write
Equation C:
y = -2x + 1
Fill in the table of values:
x
y
-2
-1
0
1
2
Plot the points on the grid provided.
1. What is the slope of the function? _____
2. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
3. How is this line different from the line of the parent function (y=x)? Write
Equation D:
y = 2x – 1
Fill in the table of values:
x
y
-2
-1
0
1
2
Plot the points on the grid provided.
E. Fischer (with T. Hassell, E. Lossia, F. Scott)
pg. 14
1. What is the slope of the function? _____
2. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
3. How is this line different from the line of the parent function (y=x)? Write
Equation E:
y = -2x - 1
Fill in the table of values:
x
y
-2
-1
0
1
2
Plot the points on the grid provided.
1. What is the slope of the function? _____
2. What is the y-intercept? (_____, _____)
3. How is this line different from the line of the parent function (y=x)? Write