n American culture people have an affinity for launching birds, pheasants and other sorts of fowl at oblivious targets with a sling shot. Where does this fascination come from? Nobody knows. Nonetheless, it makes for an interesting quadratic function application. Are you ready to help out costumed Penguins extract centuries of revenge against those slap-happy menacing predators –- the Seals. Of course you are.
I have found that piecewise functions is one of the more conceptually challenging for students. Through this manipulative, engaging activity students will have a much stronger understanding of this concept. And they will "poof" some seals.
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In this 26 page document you will be given a mapping to the Content Standards, an outline for how to implement the project, handout resources for students to use, and an answer key. In all it is four different assignments --
-- “Parabolic Destruction” students begin to practice using quadratic equations and maneuvering the quadratic cut-outs
-- “Piecewise Power-Ups”. Students are introduced to different functions and must construct piecewise functions to "poof" seals.
-- the main project -- “Angry Penguins”. Students will use the parent functions to determine a piecewise functions that go through specific points. There are five levels in all. You can have a prize for the team that “Beats the game first”.
-- and finally the optional “Create Your Own Angry Penguins Level”. This could be left as a homework assignment. Lots of possibilities :)
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