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Vertex schmertex (vertex form quadratics)

We started graphing and writing equations for vertex form quadratics in my Algebra 2 classes this week. Well, half my students did - the other half were re-taking the state exit exam. Don't get me started...
Because half of my students missed most of the introduction to the unit, I needed a basic activity that would allow some students to work independently while I worked more one-on-one with the others who had been out.
So I made 12 task cards that ask students to graph and write equations of vertex form quadratics. Every task card has an additional question on it like "find the zeros" or "find the y-intercept" to keep skills up.

I had given this reference sheet to my students to help them remember the steps for graphing vertex form quadratics. They keep the sheet in their notebooks (it's a 1/2 sheet) to use during class.
On our classroom walls are lots of word wall references. We use our vertex form example posters (part of our Algebra 2 word wall) probably the most of any other reference. Above are the parts of our reference for radicals, which come up later.

You can find the quadratics in vertex form reference sheet here.

And the free set of vertex form quadratics task cards here.

Do your students use the reference sheet while taking tests?

ReplyDeleteI let my students use all their references and our math word walls during assessments. That being said, I give a lot of informal assessments instead of tests (task cards, matching activities, scavenger hunts, etc.) and my room is not used for our state exam.

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