It ended up working out. Now I intentionally combine the two units because it offers a high-interest context for learning all the ins and outs of the graphing calculator.

This year, I am all about warm up templates. They work so great as quick checks and exit tickets. When I need to pull my class back from distraction, I pull out my stack of templates, put an equation on the board and collect their work.

If I quickly need to know exactly who knows what, templates work great for that too. Templates give my students the practice they need to gain independence while learning difficult topics. We use the one above when first learning the graphing calculator.

Finding a good window and the whole "left bound, right bound" flip-flopping thing is really what we focus on before moving onto quadratic word problems. It's funny that students can solve these advanced problems and the window is the thing that gets in the way!

Next week we'll start projectile motion word problems, which is probably my favorite unit (though the kids do say that I say this for everything) and we'll switch over to the above template.

There are more quadratics posters to see in the post Quadratics Posters.

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