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National Treasure Hunt (Using Linear Inequalities) Lesson Plan

Objectives: Students will learn how to identify the region specified by a linear inequality and
understand that its graph represents the set of all of its solutions plotted in the coordinate plane.
Entry Characteristics: High School students will already know how to graph linear equations in
slope-intercept form. Their prior knowledge will be used to relate to this lesson while showing
how to graph an inequality and shade in the region containing its solutions.
Procedures:
I. Review slope-int. form and show on board how to graph an inequality using three steps.
Explain solid/dashed lines and shading.
II. Introduce the National Treasure Hunt, pass out map and instructions. Display map on the
overhead. Explain.
III. Allow students to start. Walk around and help out where needed.
Treasure Hunt Instructions
1.) The activity sheet illustrates the United States in a coordinate plane. There are 12
possible locations where the national treasure could be hidden, represented by white
squares.
2.) Provided are four linear inequalities that will lead you to your riches.
3.) Graph the inequalities and shade the regions accordingly. The treasure is located at a
coordinate that is NOT a solution to one of the inequalities. Once a possible treasure
location has been shaded, you will know that is NOT where the treasure is located.
Shade the regions for all four inequalities and you will reveal the location of the treasure.
Resources and Materials: Treasure Map, Instruction Sheet, Homework, Board Work, Solutions
Follow-up: Assess how students did on homework and work on trouble areas. Have students
rearrange inequalities into slope-int. form, e.g. 5x+2y200, and present inequality word
problems. Eventually make a more difficult map using boundaries and systems of inequalities.
Modifications: Students can work alone if they prefer. Students that may need more help can
work with partner.
CCSSM: HSA.REI.D.12- Graph the solutions to a linear inequality in two variables as a halfplane (excluding the boundary in the case of a strict inequality), and graph the solution set to a
system of linear inequalities in two variables as the intersection of the corresponding half-planes.

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National Treasure Hunt (Graphing Linear Inequalities in Slope-Int. Form)


I.

Introduce lessonGraphing Inequalities using slope-intercept form Connect


students prior knowledge of graphing linear equations in slope-intercept form with
the new lesson. Remind: y=mx+b, m=slope, b=y-int.
Provide the class with graphing instructions using the following three steps:
1.) Graph as you would a linear equation, using y-int. and slope
2.) Determine if line is solid or dashed
3.) Shade above line for greater than, below for less than

II.

Board Work

List and explain steps


Graph example: y2x+1, Allow class to provide y-int. and slope, Explain shading
(shade in color)
Side notes: Shaded/dashed lines (Points on solid line ARE solutions, Points on
dashed are NOT included in solutions). Shading (Greater than- above line,
Less than- below line)

*5 MINUTE MARK*
III.

Introduce National Treasure Hunt- Pass out treasure map and instructions and
display on overhead (Have student read instruction if time permits). Explain.

IV.

V.

The United States is being shown on a coordinate plane.


There are 12 possible locations where the national treasure could be hidden, displayed
by white squares.
Graph the four provided linear inequalities and shade their regions accordingly.
The treasure is located at a coordinate that is NOT a solution to one of the
inequalities. Regions that are shaded show where the treasure is NOT hidden. Lets
see who can find the national treasure first!
Walk around and help out where needed. Verbally discuss the third inequality
(since we didnt do that example.) Make sure students remember that a 0 slope
means horizontal line. Treasure is found.
Hand out homework.

National Treasure Hunt Instructions:

1.) The activity sheet illustrates the United States in a


coordinate plane. There are 12 possible locations
where the national treasure could be hidden,
represented by white squares.
2.) Provided are four linear inequalities that will lead you
to your riches.
3.) Graph the inequalities and shade the regions
accordingly. Once a possible treasure location has
been shaded, you will know that is NOT where the
real treasure is located. Shade the regions for all four
inequalities and you will reveal the location of the
hidden treasure. Good luck!

Name ____________________________

Graphing Linear Inequalities Homework


Ms. Annunziata
Graph the inequality and shade the region that shows its solutions:
1.) y-4x+3

2.) y>1/5x-2

3.) y>5

4.) The school is having a bake sale and needs to raise at least $200. If they make $5 for
every cake and $2 for every cupcake, how much of each do they have to sell? Write an
inequality to represent the problem. You do not have to solve.
Hint: Let x= number of cakes, Let y= number of cupcakes