Linear Equations Lesson Plan for Middle School

Instructor: Marques Herrington

I have taught both middle school math and science for 10 years and I have a master's degree in education

This lesson plan introduces graphing a linear equation, and writing it from both a table and a graph. Students will use their bodies as points to graph a linear equation to find the slope and y-intercept.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Use their bodies as points to graph a linear equation.
  • Identify the slope and y-intercept of a linear equation.
  • Write linear equations from either a table or a graph.


  • 60 minutes


  • A large cleared out area in the classroom
  • Duct tape or masking tape
  • Permanent markers
  • Linear equation worksheet set with 3 sections (5-7 graphed line problems WITH linear equations, 5-7 graphed line problems WITHOUT linear equations, and 5-7 table problems that represent linear equations).
  • Exit ticket slips with empty graphs

Curriculum Standards


Use variables to represent two quantities in a real-world problem that change in relationship to one another; write an equation to express one quantity, thought of as the dependent variable, in terms of the other quantity, thought of as the independent variable. Analyze the relationship between the dependent and independent variables using graphs and tables, and relate these to the equation.

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