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Chain Rule (continued) (Topics 3.1)

Unit 3 - Day 1

​Learning Objectives​
  • Calculate derivatives of compositions of differentiable functions.

​Success Criteria
  • I can fluently apply the chain rule to derivatives of compositions of functions

Quick Lesson Plan
Activity: Chain Rule Scavenger Hunt



Lesson Handout


In today’s activity, students will build procedural fluency with the chain rule. The scavenger hunt has students work through 11 chain rule problems in pairs or trios. Flex time can be used as you wish. Going over homework problems or allowing students time to work on homework problems is an easy choice.

Teaching Tips

Post the papers around the room, being sure to mix them up and NOT post them in the same order as they appear in the file.

Students should keep track of their work on a scrap piece of paper and also record the letters of each station in the order that they visit them.

This will make it easy for you to check their work. The correct order of stations should spell P-R-I-C-K-L-Y-H-O-G-S. Since students can start at any station, their answer might start at a different letter and loop around (example: LYHOGSPRICK would be a correct solution).

A huge shoutout to Emily Kennedy Farrar who introduced me to this Scavenger Hunt form of review. All questions in this activity are Calc Medic original questions but use her original formatting and template. You can find her amazing (and FREE!) tangent line scavenger hunt here.

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