When I taught Algebra 1, I ran across a fun slope treasure hunt activity for practicing the concept of slope (or gradient, for my international readers). My Algebra 1 students really enjoyed this slope treasure hunt. The activity is appropriate for middle school math as well.
I originally came across this Slope Treasure Hunt (also called Treasure Hunt with Slopes) as a worksheet someone had typed up and posted online (the version I originally found no longer exists online.)
Students are given a grid that features quite a few dots. The task is to use the definition of slope to draw lines with the listed slopes. A correct solution will trace a path from the starting point to the treasure.
I especially like that this activity was designed with very intentional distractor dots. For example, the first listed slope is 3. If students go up 3 and right 1, they will find a dot. However, if they get rise/run switched around, there is also a dot at up 1 and right 3.
The activity is self-checking to an extent because if students mess up (as some of mine did), they will soon find themselves in a part of the grid with no dots. In my experience, this leads to them asking for much-needed help.
Some online searching led me to the original source of this slope treasure hunt – an enrichment workbook page from Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Algebra 1.
I found several copies of the activity online. I cannot upload it here due to copyright reasons.
- Slope Enrichment Worksheet 3-3 (Page 29) (Original PDF)
- Slope Enrichment Worksheet 7-1 (Scan)
- Alternate Version (Scan)
If I ever get the chance to teach Algebra 1 again (or even middle school math for that matter), I would probably have students create their own slope treasure hunts for other students to solve at the end of the unit.
I would also want to make one change to the worksheet. I would like to change the phrase “no slope” to “undefined.”
More Activities for Teaching Slope
- 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