# Critical Thinking with Quadratic Attributes - 4 ACTIVITIES

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HSA-SSE.B.3: Choose and produce an equivalent form of an expression to reveal and explain properties of the quantity represented by the expression.*

HSF-IF.C.8: Write a function defined by an expression in different but equivalent forms to reveal and explain different properties of the function.

How do you encourage critical thinking in your classroom?

Critical thinking involves powerful verbs!
• Solve • Apply • Draw Conclusions • Analyze • Interpret
• Summarize • Justify valid reasoning • Communicate

In these FOUR activities students are analyzing a prompt, but they are not just finding a solution. Instead they are creating their own statements, justifying their thinking, recording questions, writing steps for themselves, and communicating math.

The focus of these activities is characteristics of quadratics.

In “My Partner Said,” students identify true/false statements given two prompts about quadratic functions and write valid conclusions of their own. They share them with partners.

In “Odd One Out,” students analyze graphs of parabolas and summarize key attributes. Then they determine the one that doesn’t belong. The strategy, “jigsaw,” is used to ensure that all students participate.

In “What do you see?” students analyze a prompt to determine what is happening, and if the work is correct. They find the vertex form of the equation by completing the square.

In “Think Through the Steps,” they write the steps for finding the equation of a parabola given three pieces of information. Then they follow their steps and make modifications as needed.

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