When working with today's visual learners, teachers can never have too
many teaching "tools". Here is a small, inexpensive tool that will
help reinforce the concept of slope. Tools of this nature, while
beneficial with all students, are especially helpful when working with
math-phobic students or unmotivated students.
Bring Ski Bird into
(Ski Bird is used here with
Find a clipart picture
of a skier, such as Ski Bird.
Enlarge the image to full screen
size, print and cut out.
Printing on cardstock or laminating the
image will create a more durable teaching tool.
chalkboards or whiteboards are magnetic, place a small magnet on the
back of the image (small craft magnets are readily available at local
Keep your skier handy for discussions of slope.
Placing the skier on homework/practice graphs done at the board will
quickly offer additional discussions on slope and help reinforce the concept.
Placing Ski Bird on any problems involving
straight lines (in any unit at any time),
quickly lets the teacher ask,
"What kind of slope does this line have? positive, negative, zero
Such "tools" bring humor and enjoyment to the classroom while serving a
If you cannot find a skier, you may use a copy of Ski Bird.
Click on the bird for a .pdf copy.