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LINK Sheets: Multiple Representations Organizer

Want to help students make connections between different representations of the same function or mathematical idea? LINKs help students do just that!

This straightforward graphic organizer was first used to help students see connections between the different ways of representing a function.  In this particular handout students could, for example, see the constant ratio from the table, and also identify it in the word problem, the equation, and on the graph.

By laying out different representations of the same function on one page, and by asking students to identify the same characteristic - such as constant ratio - in each representation, students start building their own connections and deepening their understanding.  Further, students can enter the scenario through whichever representation makes the most sense to them (yay differentiation!).

While this is a math example about functions, this tool could be adapted to many different topics.

Suggestions for use:

  1. Use with objectives/ideas that have multiple representations.

  2. Decide on which representations you want to highlight and which connections.

  3. Design your LINK sheet for students.

  4. Plan how you will facilitate students’ making connections.  For example, you might have students highlight where they can see the constant ratio in each representation in one color.  The first time you use a LINK, you might want to have it all filled out and have students just work on interpreting and making connections.

  5. Include some follow-up writing questions that allow students to process the connections and what they mean.

  6. Populate a different representation in the LINK at different times.  I.e. sometimes, you might provide an equation (or graph … or table) and have students fill in the rest of the representations.

Thank you to ....
Joy Kogut and Throwback BCLA Team Algebra