Graphic Organizers help students to see the relationships in information. This graphic organizer is a comparison matrix. According to Marzano’s research, making comparisons is a highly effective strategy.
In this organizer, students are analyzing the forms of the quadratic function for similarities and identifying key characteristics that are evident in the equations themselves.
In Algebra 2 I use this chart on the first day of our unit on Quadratics. I open class with a Desmos activity that provides them opportunity to explore quadratics, followed by a card sort (Quadratics: Forms of Equations Card Sort - see link below). After these exploratory activities, students are ready to complete the graphic organizer.
Consider asking students to work on the organizer independently for a few minutes. Then allow students to work with classmates for a few more minutes. After students have worked together, ask students to explain their responses. Finish by clarifying any misunderstandings.
Quadratics-Forms of Equations Card Sort