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Mardi Gras Math Activity Solving Quadratic Equations | Distance Learning

Grade Levels
9th - 11th, Homeschool
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14 pages
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Description

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. Now includes a version for Google Drive.

Procedure:

-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 workspace

-2-page answer key

-2-page Teacher's Guide with CCSS, objectives, materials, and procedure

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The purchase of this product entitles a single user to reproduce the resource for classroom use only. Discounted additional licenses can be purchased if you wish to share with other teachers. The product is for educational use only. The product may not be used for commercial purposes or resold in any form. It cannot be uploaded to the Internet, with the exception of password-protected school websites.

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Total Pages
14 pages
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Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Solve quadratic equations by inspection (e.g., for 𝘹² = 49), taking square roots, completing the square, the quadratic formula and factoring, as appropriate to the initial form of the equation. Recognize when the quadratic formula gives complex solutions and write them as 𝘢 ± 𝘣𝘪 for real numbers 𝘢 and 𝘣.
Use the method of completing the square to transform any quadratic equation in 𝘹 into an equation of the form (𝘹 – 𝘱)² = 𝘲 that has the same solutions. Derive the quadratic formula from this form.
Solve quadratic equations in one variable.

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