During the Summer of 2016, I attended a section called “Fun Functions” by CPM at the OCTM Summer Conference. That is where I learned about this function machines activity. Given a starting value and an ending value, students had to arrange the function machines so that if the starting value was used as the input …

# Function Machines

Here’s a hands-on lesson I put together to teach my Algebra 1 students to evaluate and graph functions using function machines made of flip chutes. Let me set the stage so you can see where this falls in my Algebra 1 curriculum. At this point in the year, my Algebra 1 kiddos have reviewed the …

This function machines and function notation foldable was inspired by Sarah Rubin at Everybody Is a Genius. I created this foldable to accompany a lesson with function machines made from flip chutes. We labeled each part of a function in function notation. And, then we practiced evaluating functions using a function machine. Inside the foldable, …