Today I want to share my Adventures of Slope Dude Posters that I created for my high school math classroom.
It’s no secret around here that I love Slope Dude. Haven’t seen the video? You HAVE to click on the link. Trust me.
I know different people have different opinions of Slope Dude. When I tweeted a picture of these posters yesterday, one person replied that they showed their kids the video last year and they would NEVER do that again.
Is Slope Dude a silly video? Definitely.
But it’s the best way I’ve come up with to get my students to remember the four different types of slope.
For my students, the sheer silliness makes it pretty much unforgettable. And, it becomes an ongoing joke for the rest of the year.
They especially like it when we play Slope Dude Says. It’s like Simon Says but with arm movements to represent the different types of slope. It’s a definite favorite!
For the last couple of years, I’ve had a set of WWSDS? posters hanging in my classroom. This stands for “What Would Slope Dude Say?”
When my students are graphing linear equations, I tell them that the last thing they should always do after graphing is ask “What Would Slope Dude Say?”
If they do this, they will catch so many of their mistakes!
This year, I decided to take my decorating a step farther and actually map out Slope Dude’s journey on the wall. This will stay up all year as a visual.
I think my students will mainly use it as a quick reference for zero slope vs undefined slope.
This set of adventures of slope dude posters is made out of four sheets of letter sized paper. I laminated the sheets for durability.
This, of course, made it very hard to photograph. I managed to get Slope Dude to be glare-free in this photo, but the number line posters weren’t so lucky.
After hanging it up, I decided I should title my posters, too. Someone on twitter suggested I should print off a Slope Dude to place on my posters. Such a cute idea!
See that bit between “Niiiiiice Negative” and “This is zero fun”? There was a bit of the wall showing between those, so I took a bit of the green that I trimmed off “This is” and “zero fun” and stuck it behind to make it look more complete.
My favorite part, of course, is the vertical “UNDEFINED!” section. I hope this reinforces that a vertical line has an undefined slope.
Free Download of The Adventures of Slope Dude Posters
For the title poster, you’ll need to download the font “Wellfleet.” For the Slope Dude pieces, you’ll need to download the font “ArmWrestler.” If you don’t want to fuss with fonts, just download the PDF version.
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