This product will really help your students understand f(x) notation and how it relates to quadratic graphs and quadratic equations. Three possible ways of using this product are explained below.
OPTION 1 (Using the Product as Task Cards!)
Step 1: Laminate the 10 sheets.
Step 2: Make enough copies of the recording sheets for each student.
Step 3: Give recording sheets to each student.
Step 4: Assign students to groups of 2 or 3. (I find that a group of 2, i.e. partners works the best!)
Step 5: Hand out one of the 10 task cards to the groups of 2 or 3, and have them work together on the problems that are on the particular task card. Just remember the order in which the task cards are completed does not matter. I set a timer for about 4-5 minutes. This helps students stay on task. Make sure each student records his or her answers on the correct part of the recording sheet. Also make sure students show work when necessary. When each group is done with their respective task card, have them switch cards. Continue this process until all 10 task cards are completed.
Step 6: Have each student hand in their own individual recording sheets.
OPTION 2 (Gallery Walk)
This is very similar to option 1. Again, laminate the 10 task cards but this time tape the task cards on the walls throughout the room. Then have different partners or groups start at different task cards. Have student’s record answers on their recording sheets. As in option 1, I give about 4-5 minutes per task card. Once students have gone to all 10-task cards they are done. They will then turn in their recording sheets. Again, setting a timer really helps to keep kids on task. Again, in my opinion this works best if students partner up. This option works great if you want students to get out of their seats and move around.
OPTION 3 (Individual Packet!)
Simply run off the 10 sheets and staple them together. Run off enough copies for each individual student. No recording sheet or lamination is necessary for this option.
In short, this product give students practice finding the maximum, the minimum, the vertex, the roots (i.e. x- intercepts) and y–intercepts of various quadratic equations that are written in standard and vertex form. My mini-hints and ginormous hints, and even toddler hints, all free of charge, will help students be more successful when approaching these difficult concepts. Ironically, some of my students have told me that these hints are the favorite part of this lesson because, according to them, they are helpful and even a little bit funny!
The zipped file contains all of the following: Suggested instructions for use (1 page), Task cards (10 pages), Recording sheet (4 pages), Answer key (10 pages), credits and copyright information (1 page). These are all PDF files.
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