My Algebra 1 students recently completed a four types of slope pictures project. I’m excited to share the resulting slope artwork with you!

This weekend and today were spent attending my first ever student council state convention. It was full of fun and games and amazing speakers, but I have to admit that I am exhausted. I’m so thankful to be sleeping in my own bed tonight.

On Friday, I started our next chapter in Algebra 1 over graphing linear equations. I went over the four types of slope. I had heard amazing things about the Slope Dude video on twitter. At first, my students didn’t know what to think. Then, like magic, the students started repeating whatever Slope Dude had said without my prompting. This didn’t just happen once. It happened every time I showed it. They were laughing and having a good time watching the video. Even more importantly, those phrases stuck with them. The students were easily able to classify the type of slope of any graph I could throw at them. They begged and begged to watch the video again.

I also showed them how to draw Mr. Slope Guy. I thought they would really enjoy him, but they had already almost mastered the types of slope from Slope Dude. So, they weren’t as impressed as I had expected them to be.

Then, we used our new knowledge of the types of slope to classify the slope of each letter of the alphabet. This activity sparked some great conversations.

Since I wasn’t there today, I needed to leave an assignment that my students could complete without my assistance. I left them with instructions to draw a picture that included at least 5 lines with positive slope 5 lines with negative slope, 5 lines with undefined slope, and 5 lines with zero slope. Then, they had to label the slope of each line and color their picture.

These are just some of the creations I came back to today. Please note: some of the slopes are labeled incorrectly in these pictures. I have a couple of students who are switching positive and negative in some cases. This is good for me to know so I can try to work on clearing up some misconceptions tomorrow during our bellwork time.

**Four Types of Slope Pictures**

Houses

Christmas Tree

Robot

Houston Skyline

Hipster Narwhal

Frankenstein

IRobot

House

Fishing Trip

“Strange Tree”

Flower

House and Dog House

Volcano, Robot, Train, House, and Mailbox.

I can’t tell you how proud I am of this student. He put more effort into this assignment than I have ever seen him put into anything this year.

## More Activities for Teaching Slope

- Average Rate of Change Self-Checking Question Stack Activity
- Finding Rate of Change from a Graph Hole Punch Activity
- Slope Treasure Hunt Activity
- Calculating Slope and Intercepts Foldable
- Finding Slope Foldable
- Four Types of Slope Graphic Organizer
- Rate of Change Interpreting Graphs Practice
- Rate of Change Graphic Organizer and Practice Problems
- Finding Slope and Intercepts Foldable
- Interpreting Slope and Intercepts Foldable
- Calculating Rate of Change from a Graph Practice Book
- Crow and the Pitcher Activity for Introducing Rate of Change
- Calculating Rate of Change from a Table or Set of Points Practice Book
- The Adventures of Slope Dude Posters
- Slope Dude Says
- Finding Slope from a Table or Set of Points Notes
- Slope Concept Map
- Finding Slope from a Graph Graphic Organizer
- Interpreting Slope from a Graph or Table Practice Book
- WWSDS What Would Slope Dude Say Posters
- Slope Art Assignment
- Four Types of Slope Foldable
- Four Cars Task for Introducing Rate of Change
- Slope and Intercept Practice Poof Book
- Four Types of Slope Name Art Activity
- Rate of Change Graphic Organizer
- Rise Over Run Reminders
- Slope Between Two Points – Around the Room Practice Activity
- Four Types of Slope Pictures
- Slope Foldable
- Slope Tree Method for Teaching 4 Types of Slope

Anonymous

Thursday 14th of December 2017

This is great. Love the link to alphabet soup. Although my G8s do a really good job of identifying the value of slope for most lines, they still get mixed up with positive and negative! I'll be showing Slope Dude when we get back after our 3-week winter break to review. The pics you show are cute. Have you used Desmos for drawing pictures? We just did snowmen before winter break. Reviews SO much about slope intercept form and they just thought they were having fun! Kristin

Anonymous

Saturday 3rd of December 2016

Thanks. This is great!

Unknown

Thursday 11th of December 2014

i'm really in trouble right now and i'll look at this later in life and probably be mad at my self but at lest i'm getting my work done but i'm falling my classes and could you help me please

Anonymous

Sunday 7th of December 2014

Thanks for this super idea! I used it for extra credit on a test on slope, and my students loved it! It was so cute. Some of them came up to me to ask if it was good before handing in their tests because they were self-conscious about their drawing skills! Lol!

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Tuesday 9th of December 2014

Glad you could use the idea!

Jan Lichtenberger

Thursday 23rd of January 2014

I am using this for my classes today. I needed an assignment because I am out today and this will be something the kids will love doing. Thanks Sarah for all of your wonderful ideas and how you share everything.

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Thursday 23rd of January 2014

Hope this assignment goes well with your students! I loved coming back from having a sub and seeing a completed pile of creative, colorful pictures. Usually, it's a struggle to get my students to do work with a sub, but they actually did this without much complaint.

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