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In this activity, students calculate key features of quadratic functions (axis of symmetry, vertex, y-intercept) and graph their parabolas. The activity includes six full quadratics, each of which have four key features (AOS, vertex, y-intercept, and f(x)). Students find each key feature, then look for their answer in the answer bank for that problem. Each correct answer unlocks a new letter they’ll use to spell a hidden word. For example, the first problem unlocks (M, S, E, S, which they’ll unscramble to spell MESS). Together, the words from each problem will spell a crazy sentence. If they get the right crazy sentence, you know they did it right!
Note: All solutions are integers!
Directions: Just print and go! This works well as an individual or stations activity. Two versions are included in this download—one that’s ready to print-and-go for individual use and another that’s ready to print-and-post as a stations activity. They're both easy... and students love the crazy sentences!
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