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Algebra Lab: Graphing Absolute Value

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


Website Example:

Tech Product Equipment

Computer(s), Internet access, projector, computer lab (optional)

Activity Description

In this activity, students learn to graph Absolute Value Functions. Using a few examples, students investigate different patterns of functions. There is a short assessment where students can check their understanding of graphing absolute value functions.


  1. Make sure the site is not blocked at your school.
  2. Review the lesson and examples.
  3. Make a link to the Web site easily accessible to students if students will be working online.
  4. Students should be familiar with absolute value before beginning this activity.


  1. Introduce the lesson.
  2. Work through the examples pointing out the differences between each problem.
  3. Have students work the bottom examples one by one.
  4. Review their answers as a class and discuss
  5. Complete the lesson with a teacher created quiz.

Teacher Tips

  • Post the Web address for students to access as needed, using a Word document with links, a class Web site or a bookmark on lab computers.

More Ways

  • This site is designed to help with Algebra instruction. It can be used in conjunction with the lessons in Algebra Lab, or as a stand-alone support tool.
  • The site also has mathematical word problems

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.