This is an introduction to graphing a parabola from a quadratic function using a table of values. Students will become familiar with the standard form of the Quadratic Function and practice graphing examples using a table of values.
This is a full lesson plan that includes a Powerpoint presentation showing U-shaped curves (parabolas) in the real world. This lesson includes an opening activity, examples with guided steps through the process, class activities and a worksheet for homework.
The class activities include five different activities for a double-period class. (You can cut out the last two activities for single-period classes.) Answer keys included.
Common Core standards included on cover page for Grade 8 and High School.