# {FREE} Graph Linear Equations Puzzles: Match Equation, Table & Graph

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It never fails. Just when I feel students are **confident graphing linear equations** and have a clear understanding of **how the table relates to the graph and the equation relates to slope and y-intercept**, *they freeze*. At least one student will stare at the paper as if they’ve never seen a table or graph in their life. Then they’ll look at me like, “*How in the world am I supposed to know what a slope is?!*” Sigh.

If you occasionally get that “deer in headlights” look from students when they need to **graph a linear equation**, I hope you’ll enjoy this set of puzzles. Though they do require a little prep up front, you can keep them on hand for an easy math center or math station whenever you feel students need a ‘refresher.’

**Graph Linear Equations Puzzles: Prep-Work**

To begin, I recommend you **print all 16 puzzles on card stock paper** for durability.

**NOTE:** The first 8 puzzles include equations written in slope-intercept form. The last 8 puzzles can either be easily re-written in slope-intercept or they are written in standard form.

*If your students are not ready for the more challenging equations yet, you can print the first 8 puzzles only.*

Once printed, **laminate the puzzles** so you can use them again and again, then **cut out the pieces of each puzzle**. There are 3 pieces for each puzzle (an equation, a table and a graph).

Once all pieces and puzzles are cut out, **mix them up** really well and **share with students**!

Plus, to make checking the solutions super easy for you (or students!), a **single page ‘quick check’ answer key is included of all 16 puzzles**.

**Print this page as well** if you’d like to use it for **a quick scan of their matches**.

**Ideas for Using the Linear Equation Puzzles in Class:**

**Math Center**: If you have regular math center or stations in your class, this makes a great center option.**Choice Board**: If you provide students with a choice board, you could include the puzzles as a choice board option.**Small Groups**: If you would like all students in the class to work on the puzzles together, you can create 3-4 sets of puzzles and they let students work in small groups to match the pieces and discuss together.**Bulletin Board Display**: Lastly, you can print the puzzles on plain white paper, cut out the pieces and scatter the tables/graphs around the room. Give each student (or pair of students) an equation and let them ‘hunt’ for the matching table and graph. Once you confirm they have a matching puzzle set, they can glue the completed puzzle onto construction paper to hang on a bulletin board or around your classroom.

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**Ideas for Class Discussion of the Graphing Equations Puzzles:**

The goal of this activity is to help students **see the connections** between an equation, a table and the graph of the equation. So ideally, this activity doesn’t end when students complete the puzzles. If possible, give time for **students to share their thinking & strategies for finding matches**.

**Here are some additional discussion question ideas:**

- Where do you see the intercepts in the table? On the graph?
- What is the slope? Where do you see the slope in the table? In the equation? On the graph?
- Would you say the graph is increasing or decreasing? Why?
- What does it mean to be a solution of the equation? Where do you see solutions in the table? On the graph?

Although this seems like a very simple activity, my hope is that it’s a **springboard for meaning math conversations, connections and ‘light bulb’ moments** for students.

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