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Hello, looking for small group activities for introducing quadratic equations to high school age.

Feb 17, 2015 2:19pm

I am working with a young teacher who just began a unit on solving quadratic equations. Trying to get her out of her comfort zone and begin creating small groups for collaboration and problem solving.

  • Math
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  • Differentiation / Engagement

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    • Mar 12, 2015 6:26pm

      yeah, there's many ways of starting this unit. You want students to study the idea of what a function is and have students represent it as a table, as a graph, as a rule or as a pattern design and be able to make connections between those representations.Traditionally, you may begin with patterns with sequences like geometric or arithmetic which leads to a quadratic sequence. If students study a sequence for a quadratic, I have them examine tile patterns and represent the situation by extending it and then by showing data using a t-chart table, and then a graph and then a math sentence. It's a problem solving endeavour done in teams. This leads into graphing, and examine other properties like the x-intercepts (solution of a quadratic) and so on. Your young teacher is being brave by having her students work in collaboration. More power to her and yourself.

      • Feb 18, 2015 3:37pm

        Thank you both for your responses! I will share.