Compound Inequalities Activities & Games

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

As your class is studying inequalities, it's important to thoroughly discuss compound inequalities. Consider using these activities and games to help students understand, solve, and graph compound inequalities.


Sometimes solving problems doesn't mean only getting one answer. When students work with compound inequalities, they learn how to solve problems in which multiple answers are viable. Use these activities and games to help students understand compound inequalities.

Kinesthetic Number Line

Use this kinesthetic game to help students graph compound inequalities on a number line.


  • Index cards
  • Painters/masking tape
  • String

Teacher Directions


  • Write compound inequalities on index cards, including conjunctions (3 < x < 15) and disjunctions (x < 3 or x > 15). Make sure to create at least two index cards for every person in your class.
  • Place tape on the floor of your classroom to create a number line.
  • Cut pieces of string the length of the number line to use during the activity.

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