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Insights Into Algebra 1 - Teaching For Learning
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Workshop 4 Quadratic Functions Lesson Plans
Lesson Plans:


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

Lesson Plan 2: Bouncing Ball - Function Families
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NCTM Standards

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

Overview Procedures For Teachers Related Standardized Test Questions Materials

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This lesson requires students to explore quadratic functions by examining the family of functions described by y = a (x - h)2 + k. This lesson plan is based on the activity Tremain Nelson used in the video for Part I of this workshop.

Time Allotment:
Two 50-minute periods

Subject Matter:
Quadratic functions

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
  • Describe how changing the values of a, h, and k in the equation
    y = a (x - h)2 + k affects the graphical shape of the parabola and its position on the coordinate grid.
  • Graph parabolas.
National Standards:

NCTM Algebra Standard for Grades 6-8

NCTM Algebra Standard for Grades 9-12

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