Linear Equations – Slope Project

I recently made a slope worksheet where I drew figures on a coordinate plane, and students had to state the slope of each of the sides of the figures. Then it occurred to me that this would make a really great slope project.

Students could create their own line design on a coordinate plane, and label the slopes of the lines they used. It doesn’t sound neat when stated like that, but here’s an example of what a final product might look like. (I only wrote the slope for six segments, but you get the idea).

Stained glass and linear equations (or inequalities) are fairly common, but I think keeping it just as slope might be better. Students don’t have to have lines running all across the coordinate plane since they only have state the slope for smaller line segments.

To ensure students don’t just draw a few squares, students should be given a list of criteria. For example, direct students that their design must include 6 negative sloped lines, 6 positive, 4 zero slope and 4 undefined slope lines. Or 5 pairs of parallel and 5 pairs of perpendicular lines, or some similar variation. That way students have to use different sloped lines in their designs, and it also gives them a finite number of segments they have to write the slope for. This way, they’re not penalized if they produce more complex designs.

Here’s the Sample Project word document in case you want to use it as an example or if you want to modify it. And here’s a Student Template.


  1. Jennifer says:

    I am trying to open the sample project and student template links, but am unable to unzip them. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  2. Hi, I always use Firefox which just opens the documents in Microsoft Word. But I decided to test out IE, and ran into unzipping problems myself. I’ll try to get this issue fixed soon.

    (update) Still don’t know how to do it. I think maybe I’ll refrain from posting my own documents on this blog unless someone can help me out.

  3. Maggie says:

    A great help! Thank you! (:

  4. Deli says:

    I want to use this in my class. Anyway you could just email me the template and sample project??? Thanks

  5. Just did. Let me know if you didn’t get it. Actually, it got returned undelivered. If you’ll just send me an email at then when I reply I will attach the two documents.

  6. Donna Groves says:

    Hi! Could you also mail me a copy of the sample project and student template? Thanks!

  7. mckown says:

    I was able to open both, “sample project” and “student template” just fine using SAFARI. Thanks

  8. RJ Parsons says:

    Not a problem using safari


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