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Mailing a Publication: Exploring Linear and Step Functions in a Real-World Context

Esther Billings, Melanie Schultz McClure 

March 2005, Volume 10, Issue 7, Page 349

Abstract:
How the context of mailing a package was used with seventh-grade students to explore and connect the different representations of step and linear functions. Students will learn geometry concepts and algebra concepts through this hands-on, real world application.

Keywords:
Article
Cross-Content (Math Only) Connections
Algebraic Patterns
Communication
Conceptual Development
Grades 6-8
Open-ended assessments
Graphing
Linearity
Teacher
Modeling
Problems
Problem Solving / Problem Posing
Student Work
Reasoning and Proof
Representation
Weight / Mass