In this activity, students will introduce each other to the vocabulary words associated with the graph of a quadratic function (axis of symmetry, roots, vertex). This activity takes 15 - 20 minutes.
General Activity Directions:
Students should be partnered up and facing one another. Their view of each other’s papers needs to be blocked. Their job is to describe their graph to their partner by giving them directions to draw it. The goal is for their papers to look exactly the same including the labels.
Why do this activity?
I am always amazed at the benefits my students get from doing this activity. Not only does it allow them to practice giving and following directions, it also gives them the opportunity to use all the math language we have talked about in previous units. I love to hear kids saying “coordinates”, “axes”, “vertical lines”, etc. This is always a great way to introduce new vocabulary without me having to stand in front of the class and make them take notes. When we talk about these words and how to find the vertex and axis of symmetry, students already have a visual in their minds about what they are actually describing. My students report that this activity is fun! It also has 100% of the class engaged at one time.