Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Modeling with Sequences - Section 2: Practice and Reinforce


I like to use games of domino when students need practice that can be achieved by matching two expressions.  Dominoes are motivating for students because they are self-checking and social.  I arrange my students in teams and provide them with a set of two-sided cards that can be matched up end-to-end, domino style.  

I make domino sets by using a table with two columns.  The left side of the first domino has the word "start" and the right side of the last domino has the word "last."  The expressions in between are created so that the ends match up.  

The first time the set of dominos is used, I print them out on colored card stock, making one set of each color so that sets of cards are easy to put back together.  I cut them out in advance and then keep sets together with rubber bands.  

I like using dominos for review because it is easy for my students to know whether they understand the material if they are able to make a chain from start to finish.  

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Modeling with Sequences

Unit 1: Sequences and Series
Lesson 4 of 13

Objective: SWBAT work flexibly with arithmetic and geometric sequences models and determine the best algebraic representation to work with.

Big Idea: Arithmetic and geometric sequences can be used to model real quantities and gain useful information.

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Math, Algebra, arithmetic patterns, edmodo, geometric patterns, sequences, partial sums
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