Quiz + The Constant of Proportionality in Equations and Tables

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Quiz + SWBAT identify k, the constant of proportionality given a function or table.

Big Idea

students work on a quiz and then work with partners to use equations to answer questions and create and equation by identifying the constant of proportionality in a table


30 minutes

Students enter silently. Quizzes are on their desks and they are to begin as soon as possible. They are allowed to spread out and sit at empty tables and are given the option to use cardboard dividers and noise canceling head phones. Instructions on the board notify students that they will only have 30 minutes to complete this quiz (a timer will be displayed). At the end of the quiz, all students will be asked to turn in their quizzes, and the Class Work will be distributed.

This quiz will assess student understanding of the vocabulary behind proportional relationships. Calculating unit rates will also be heavily emphasized as well as its purpose in determining the “best deal” or the “better buy”. The constant of proportionality will also be assessed as a way to calculate missing values. The last question will require students to use bar models to solve a word problem. This information will allow me to break up remediation groups into three smaller groups with whom I will need to review the answers to this quiz as well as spiral through other examples:

  • Calculating Unit Rate
  • Strategies using ratios and proportions to find missing values
    • Students selected for this group will include those who answered questions incorrectly and did not show work using any of the strategies taught in the last week
  • Reading and Creating bar models to solve problems

Guided Practice

10 minutes

After having 30, all students must turn in their quizzes. Those with extended time mandates on IEPs and 504 plans will be finishing at lunch. Students must return to their original seats and class notes will be distributed. They will all be instructed to copy the 2nd aim off the board.

SWBAT  identify k, the constant of proportionality given a function or table.


Next, students are asked to read the following directions and paragraph together.

Directions: Read and fill in the blanks wherever necessary. If you’re not sure, come see me for help

Function is just a fancy word for an equation. The function  describes a constant proportional relationship. For example, if Jainney gets $5 each week, the independent variable is __________________ and the dependent variable is _________________. I can write an equation, or a function, that will help me calculate the amount of money Jainney can save over any number of weeks:


After 2 – 3 minutes of doing this while I walk around to ensure students are reading through the paragraph, I will note which students have correctly identified the words to fill the blanks and ask them to share out those words so that I can copy them on the board.

I will continue by explaining that a function, or equation, can help us answer many different questions without the use of proportions or cross multiplication. It is important to note the units being compared or included in the equation. In this particular example, Jainne is saving money over a number of weeks. However, some of the questions included in the class work inquire about years. Getting students to consider and discuss the implications for substitution into our equation utilizes MP1 , MP2, and MP3.

Partnered Practice

15 minutes

Next, a timer is set and students work with partners for 10 minutes to complete the questions on the back of the class notes sheet. Those who get to the last question will be asked to come to the front to complete the question at the SMARTBoard. The work for this last question will be reviewed in the closing section of class. The first question on the back of the class notes will require a numeric expression to be written and simplified. I push ALL students to show this work by writing each of the changes in money horizontally as an expression and solve using order of operations. Answer must be given as a complete sentence:

15 + 3(5) – 40 + 10

= 15 + 15 – 40 + 10

= 30 – 40 + 10

= –10 + 10 = 0

Jainney has 0 dollars left.

In the following questions, students will use their HW answers (and I will have copies of the answers provided on the website) to further explore the location of the constant of proportionality within the equation y = kx. As I walk around the room, I can guide students by reading these questions out loud to them and showing them how to use their notes from the previous day as well as their homework to construct an equation in the form y = kx.


5 minutes

In the last 5 minutes of class I hope to already have an answer for the last question worked out on the SMARTBoard by a pair of students who will discuss their solution. If this is not possible, I will have scrap pieces of paper available for students to complete the last question in the notes as an Exit Ticket. Either way, I will need to assess whether or not students are able to create an equation from a table to inform my instruction the following week.

Any other questions not completed during class will need to be completed for homework.