Mardi Gras activity for math class! In this holiday-themed activity, students practice solving quadratic equations. Students travel in pairs to eight stations as they practice solving quadratic equations using the quadratic formula, completing the square, and factoring. There is one set of equations that results in no real roots. (Students are not expected to be familiar with complex numbers in this activity.) There is one set of equations that results in one solution. Some of the answers are exact and others are estimated to the nearest tenth. There is a case with the difference of two squares and a case with a perfect square trinomial.
-You can either set up the 8 stations at groups of desks or tape the stations to the walls around the room. Either way keep the images that are alike together.
-Pair students up. Assign one partner to be “A” and one to be “B.” They should record their assignment in the top right hand corner of their workspace.
-Students travel to each station as a pair. They each complete one problem based on their letter assignment. Although they are each solving a different problem, they can check to see if they are correct because they should have matching answers.
-Students neatly copy the original problem and show their work in the stations workspace.
-Once they complete their problem and confirm their answer matches their partner’s answer, then they check the key to find the answer and write the corresponding letter in the small box in the right hand corner of the workspace. The list of answers in the key represents both correct answers and answers that correspond to common mathematical errors.
-Students continue to go to all 8 stations. You can either allow students to move freely around the room in any order or set a timer and have students all rotate at the same time. Each station should take about 2-3 minutes.
-In the end, they should unscramble the letters to find the mystery word. They share this mystery word with you to confirm that their work is complete. The mystery word is FESTIVAL. I allow those students who finish first to help other students complete the activity.
Included in this product:
-8 stations (each with 2 problems with the same result)
-2-page answer key
-2-page Teacher's Guide with CCSS, objectives, materials, and procedure
If you are looking for a mathematically meaningful way to celebrate holidays in your 8th grade & Algebra 1 math classes, check out the Holiday-Themed Partner Station Growing Bundle!
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