Halloween Scene using Math Equations | Activity for Online Graphing Calculator

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Grade Levels
8th - 12th
Formats Included
  • PDF (6 pages)
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Need a fun, yet challenging, activity for your Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, or Pre-Calculus students with a Halloween theme? Or do you need a emergency sub plan that can be easily implemented and keeps students productively working all class? This activity is made to work with an online graphing calculator such as Desmos (www.desmos.com), where students will need to create a picture using only equations that are used in high school math. They will need to use a variety of equations, limit domain and range, use their knowledge of transformations (translations, rotations, reflections, stretches, compressions), and explore how to get the equations to come together in a desired picture. The addition of sliders for variables, encourages students to figure out how to add animation to their designs.

Final designs can be turned into coloring book pages, or combined together as images to send home to parents as a festive e-card!

All instructions, parent equations, examples, and a sample grading rubric are included. I hope your high school math students enjoy!

Total Pages
6 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Prove the slope criteria for parallel and perpendicular lines and use them to solve geometric problems (e.g., find the equation of a line parallel or perpendicular to a given line that passes through a given point).
Derive the equation of a parabola given a focus and directrix.
Derive the equation of a circle of given center and radius using the Pythagorean Theorem; complete the square to find the center and radius of a circle given by an equation.
Construct linear and exponential functions, including arithmetic and geometric sequences, given a graph, a description of a relationship, or two input-output pairs (include reading these from a table).
Verify by composition that one function is the inverse of another.


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