Thought I'd share an activity with my readers that I have been using for the last couple of years. This activity is called a Star Chain. When you are tired of doing boring book work or worksheets, but your students still need a little extra practice, try a Star Chain!
Each student will get 12 problems of anything you'd like to practice. For me, it was solving linear equations.
Next, have students cut the problem cards apart.
After the cards are cut apart, students will pick any card they want to begin with. I usually tell them to pick the one that looks easiest to them. They work the problem and then find their answer at the top of another card. They tape the cards together. Continue the process until a chain is formed. If they do all the problems correctly, the last problem will match the answer at the beginning of the chain.
The next day, we connected all the chains and strung them up on the ceiling. I'll probably leave them there until the fire marshall gets me!
It's simple to make your own star chain on any topic! All you need is 12 problems with 12 UNIQUE answers. Just delete my problems and add your own!
Star Chain Solving Linear Equations