The last part of our Introduction to Algebra unit in 6th grade is inequalities. I also wrote about part 1, part 2, and part 3.

I don’t spend a ton of time with this. I start with a few Desmos activities. Polygraph is the first thing we do, and then I come back to it a day or so later after students have done more with inequalities. Then we review the inequality symbols before students work on this Desmos activity. It is a basic introduction to graphing, and it is usually the first time that my students see the greater than or equal to symbols and less than or equal to symbols.

The next day to review we start with this Which One Doesn’t Belong.

Then we work a bit on graphing inequalities when given a situation. This Desmos activity is one of the first things we do to practice this.

The last way we review is Mathketball. My students LOVE this game. They put their desks in a circle around the room. I put a garbage can in the middle of the room. I put a problem up on the board, and if students get it correct they get to try to shoot their paper in the basket. Students would play this for every concept if I let them, but I try to save this for problems that I anticipate all students completing in the same amount of time compared to problems that have multiple steps to get the answer.

I want to find more pictures like these that students can write inequalities for.

The day before the test a student asked how many problems were going to be on the quiz. I said, “8 problems tops.” Another student said, “You should make us write an inequality for that.” I just love these kiddos so much.

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