Quadratics Posters

The classroom posters in this post have helped my students throughout our quadratic functions unit from the vocabulary they see to solving word problems to working with the graphing calculator and using the quadratic formula. I wanted to share them for free in this post in case you have any algebra or algebra 2 students who need extra support through their graphing quadratics unit.

For the last few years, we've been using this quadratic keyword poster during our quadratic word problems unit and it has been so helpful. 

The reference highlights the vocabulary students see in word problems that ask for time to maximum height, the maximum height or the total time in the air. 

Quadratic Word Problem Keywords Flipbook

I made a flipbook version of the quadratic poster that I thought would be fun for student notebooks.

The classroom posters in this post have helped my students throughout our quadratic functions unit from the vocabulary they see to solving word problems to working with the graphing calculator and using the quadratic formula. I wanted to share them for free in this post in case you have any algebra or algebra 2 students who need extra support through their graphing quadratics unit.

Before introducing word problems, I teach my students how to find maximums and zeros of parabolas on the graphing calculator. This projectile motion poster helps so much with tricky "left bound" and "right bound" and hangs as a permanent part of our math word wall.

The classroom posters in this post have helped my students throughout our quadratic functions unit from the vocabulary they see to solving word problems to working with the graphing calculator and using the quadratic formula. I wanted to share them for free in this post in case you have any algebra or algebra 2 students who need extra support through their graphing quadratics unit.

This left bound right bound poster is also a helpful reference for students who are getting left bound, right bound mixed up. 

( I made above posters by following the directions in this poster making post. )


wordless quadratics for the day before starting a quadratic word problems unit

Before ever introducing equations during our word problems unit, we do this quick numberless quadratics activity


This quick sort gets students looking for the keywords that will signal whether they are being asked to find the positive zero or a value at the maximum. Then it's time to introduce the equations. 

Projectile Motion warm up template

We also use this rocket launch template for warm ups during this unit. I shine a word problem on the board and each student grabs a template from the warm-up basket. 


Students then find maximum height, a good graphing calculator window (my students need a lot of practice on this), time to reach maximum height, maximum height and total time in the air. They then sketch their graph. We talk about how everyone's graphs could look different - and how they are all just as right - based on the window.  

Projectile Motion warm up template

Here is an example of the template all filled out. I give 1 point for each correct answer if I feel it's a good day to award some credit (ie: kids are starting to slack off!).  

Quadratic word problem task cards

This might be a big controversial, but I do not like tests. In just a few short weeks, my students go from never having touched a graphing calculator to finding how long an object is in the air, and this is TOTALLY AWESOME. 


I don't want a bad grade on a test to take away from the confidence my students have built. So instead I quiz with this set of quadratic word problems task cards

Quadratic Word Problems Task Cards {trinomials}

Students are allowed to work together and ask me questions. They can also use their reference sheets and our math word wall references. One of my students this year asked if he could take his task cards home to work on! This made me feel good!


The classroom posters in this post have helped my students throughout our quadratic functions unit from the vocabulary they see to solving word problems to working with the graphing calculator and using the quadratic formula. I wanted to share them for free in this post in case you have any algebra or algebra 2 students who need extra support through their graphing quadratics unit.

It's amazing what a little color will do. When I first made this Quadratic Formula anchor chart, a, b and c were black like the rest of the formula and my students were not using it as a reference. After adding the white (white-out), the poster became a much more useful tool.

The classroom posters in this post have helped my students throughout our quadratic functions unit from the vocabulary they see to solving word problems to working with the graphing calculator and using the quadratic formula. I wanted to share them for free in this post in case you have any algebra or algebra 2 students who need extra support through their graphing quadratics unit.

I enlarged this quadratic keywords poster with the instructions in this post. I also added this blank version to the file so that it can be used as an anchor chart or place to take notes.


I love teaching quadratics. I wrote more about the activities we do in our quadratics unit in the blog post Fun with Quadratics.


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