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Workshop 4 Quadratic Functions Lesson Plans
Lesson Plans:

Introduction

Lesson Plan 1: Up, Down, Right, Left - Function Families

Lesson Plan 2: Bouncing Ball - Function Families
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Lesson Plan 2: Bouncing Ball - Function Families

Overview Procedures For Teachers Related Standardized Test Questions Materials

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Overview:
In this lesson, students explore quadratic functions by using a motion detector known as a Calculator Based Ranger (CBR) to examine the heights of the different bounces of a ball. Students will represent each bounce with a quadratic function of the form
y = a (x - h)2 + k. This lesson plan is based on the activity Tremain Nelson uses in the video for Part II of this workshop.

Time Allotment:
Two 50-minute periods

Subject Matter:
Quadratic functions
Parabolas

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
  • Generate a quadratic function that describes a given parabola by identifying the values of a, h, and k in vertex form.
Standards:
Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2000

NCTM Algebra Standard for Grades 6-8
http://standards.nctm.org/document/chapter6/alg.htm

NCTM Algebra Standard for Grades 9-12
http://standards.nctm.org/document/chapter7/alg.htm

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