This worksheet is designed to replace a lecture on graphing quadratics.
I start out class with a 15-minute "mini-lesson," giving my students some basic examples of what today's lesson will be about. I have found it incredibly helpful to project a graph on my screen using desmos.com, which has the link below:
Click on the large, red "launch calculator" button;
Type in the equation of any graph you want. If you type in y=a(x-h)^2+k, it will ask you if you want to create "sliders" for a, h, or k, or "all." If you select "all," it will create two sliders, which you can use to manipulate the equation of the parabola.
Note: I actually type in the equation y=a(x+h)^2+k, so that students see that adding 3 to x actually moves the graph to the left, and vice versa.
It doesn't take long for students to see how the three constants a, h, and k affect the graph of the parabola. Using an online calculator I have found is much more useful than trying to type in equations into a TI calculator; however, I do show them how to use their TI calculators to create tables of functions so that they can quickly generate the tables required in this worksheet.
Once the mini-lesson is over, I have them get to work within their groups on this worksheet. I circulate to make sure they are getting the purpose of the questions.
The file includes spiral review problems.
This worksheet is intended to be written on directly.
Please download the pdf preview file first, so you can see exactly what's included; the product file is a word document, which you may personalize for your students.
Immediately before this worksheet, I use the worksheet named 'Solving Equations Using Factoring Spring 2014' (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Solving-Equations-Using-Factoring-Spring-2014-1271268
), and immediately after this worksheet, I use the worksheet named 'Solving Quadratic Equations by Graphing Spring 2014' (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Solving-Quadratic-Equations-by-Graphing-Spring-2014-1271289