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Quadratic Clue - an Algebra 1 or 2 Quadratics Math Project

Quadratic Clue - an Algebra 1 or 2 Quadratics Math Project
Quadratic Clue - an Algebra 1 or 2 Quadratics Math Project
Quadratic Clue - an Algebra 1 or 2 Quadratics Math Project
Quadratic Clue - an Algebra 1 or 2 Quadratics Math Project
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Common Core Standards
HSF-FI.C.7a, HSF-FI.C.7c, HSF-LE.B.5
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Quadratics "Clue" Project for either Algebra 1 or Algebra 2. Fun way for your class to learn and practice quadratics by solving a murder mystery. Students will be required to graph and solve equations to determine who committed a murder, with what weapon, and the location of the crime.

This project can be done individually or in groups of up to 3. The project will last several days, probably up to a week depending on the ability of your students and whether or not you are on a block schedule.

Includes very detailed instructions on getting started as well as all the handouts you will need. I also made scans of my own answer keys. The answer keys are in my own hand writing, but look much better than the sample I scanned to the right, I promise!

Please check out the thumbnails!

My students really enjoy this project each year - I'm sure yours will too :)

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UPDATE: A friend of mine recently kicked this off by using his computer and smartboard to introduce the victim and the "persons of interest" by showing their youtube videos to the class. Yes each character is a "real" youtube celebrity. If you have the means to stream the videos, I highly recommend it. It was quite entertaining for his kids and only took a few minutes.

1 word of warning though. when it comes to the honey badger, make certain you show the (clean) version and save the original one to watch with your teacher friends in the lounge lol. Even the (clean) version still contains one curse word near the end that starts with a "b", so use good judgement here please. Having fun is never worth helicopter parent drama :/
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Teaching Duration
1 Week

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clever way to review quadratics
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Looks awesome---can't wait to do it!
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Excellent! I can't wait to do this project with my Algebra 2 students.
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On  November 21, 2013Miss Mathematics (TpT Seller) asked:
What specific skills are necessary to complete this project (i.e. factoring, etc...)?
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On  November 21, 2013Math Daddy answered:
good morning! Here are the skills. Keep in mind though that it is an investigative project and so many teachers (including myself) teach and answer questions as the students have them.

There are 3 parts and each builds upon the previous section.
To solve the weapon, students graph quadratics and identify the x-intercepts, maximum/minimum, and compare the widths to the quadratic parent function (y=x^2).

To solve the suspect, the students will have to manipulate the equations a bit to get them in a useful form, for example, there is an equation that is not already set up =0. Some are already factored - some are not. Whether or not your students have to factor this group, depends. Some teachers that have lower level students, let them graph the equations on the graphing calculators and find the intercepts, rather than factoring. How you want them to solve these really depends on teacher preference and whether or not your students have special ed modifications allowing for technology assistance.

The last part is to solve the location. each room is given in perimeter and area. the students use quadratics to solve for the length and width using the perimeter and area.

I've had this project online for about a year. And at least 2 other teachers at my school do this activity every year for the past 3 years. And no one has ever asked for a refund. So I believe you will be satisfied with what you get.

Thanks so much for your questions and have a great week!
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Quadratic Clue - an Algebra 1 or 2 Quadratics Math Project
Quadratic Clue - an Algebra 1 or 2 Quadratics Math Project
Quadratic Clue - an Algebra 1 or 2 Quadratics Math Project
Quadratic Clue - an Algebra 1 or 2 Quadratics Math Project