Quadratic Clue - an Algebra 1 or 2 Quadratics Math Project

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Grade Levels
8th - 12th, Homeschool
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Quadratics "Clue" Project for either Algebra 1 or Algebra 2. Fun way for your class to learn and practice quadratics by solving a murder mystery. Students will be required to graph and solve equations to determine who committed a murder, with what weapon, and the location of the crime.

This project can be done individually or in groups of up to 3. The project will last several days, probably up to a week depending on the ability of your students and whether or not you are on a block schedule.

Includes very detailed instructions on getting started as well as all the handouts you will need. I also made scans of my own answer keys. The answer keys are in my own hand writing, but look much better than the sample I scanned to the right, I promise!

Please check out the thumbnails!

My students really enjoy this project each year - I'm sure yours will too :)


UPDATE: A friend of mine recently kicked this off by using his computer and smartboard to introduce the victim and the "persons of interest" by showing their youtube videos to the class. Yes each character is a "real" youtube celebrity. If you have the means to stream the videos, I highly recommend it. It was quite entertaining for his kids and only took a few minutes.

1 word of warning though. when it comes to the honey badger, make certain you show the (clean) version and save the original one to watch with your teacher friends in the lounge lol. Even the (clean) version still contains one curse word near the end that starts with a "b", so use good judgement here please. Having fun is never worth helicopter parent drama :/
Total Pages
16 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Interpret the parameters in a linear or exponential function in terms of a context.
Graph polynomial functions, identifying zeros when suitable factorizations are available, and showing end behavior.
Graph linear and quadratic functions and show intercepts, maxima, and minima.


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