Need a fun, yet challenging, activity for your Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, or Pre-Calculus students with a Winter, Christmas, or holiday 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!