I start my (non AP) Calculus class every year with two days reviewing lines, slopes, functions, etc…and we spice it up by (quickly) doing the Barbie Bungee Jump activity! There’s lot of places to read more about that. So I won’t go into that any further.
However, I really wanted to add both more fun activities to the rest of my units AND have more of a continuous through-line. So, I tried to include a Barbie-centered activity in my introduction to derivatives, including average velocity vs. instantaneous velocity, etc. I came up with Barbie walking the runway!
It worked really well! They had fun, and we talked a lot about slope=velocity. The last page had some questions more textbook-y, asking them to apply the ideas in new problems:
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