The Shapes of Algebra , Notes

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Linear, Quadratic, Exponential, Absolute Value, Hyperbola
This activity is a great beginning of the school year activity.
Students work in groups and are asked to graph various
functions, analyze tables and symbolic form of functions.
Great intro to Algebra I.


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Linear, Quadratic
Students will develop fluency in moving between a verbal description and a graph that represents that situation. 
TI84+ Scavenger Hunt , Notes


This activity is useful to review tools used on the graphing calculator. 
Marching in Place , Extension 
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Linear
This activity has students graph ordered pairs and make predictions.

Linear Functions with Statiions

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Linear
This activity analyzes the role of m and b in slopeintercept form. 
Recursive Representation

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Linear
This is a quick look at recursive representation and how you could introduce it. 
Scatter Plots on Calculator

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Shows you how to draw scatter plots on graphing calculators.

Who Will Be The Doctor  page 1 2 3 4

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Linear
This four page activity analyzes trends in medical doctors.

Finding the Line of Best Fit

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Linear
This activity requires students to find a line of best fit manually and using a graphing calculator.

Finding the Best Function 
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Exponential, Quadratic
This activity requires students to determine which function (exponential or quadratic) is a better fit for given data. 
Height of Corn Over Time

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Linear
This activity requires the students to graph given data, determine which function is the most appropriate, find an equation to fit the data
and then make some predictions.

Solving Equations Using Algebra Tiles Algebra Tiles Template

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Linear
This activity is solving for equations of the form ax + b = c. It would work well when introducing solving equations.

Linear Equations Capstone

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Linear
This activity is best used at the end of your linear unit. It involves writing verbal descriptions, finding slope and yintercept, creating a table, making a next/now equation(recursive) and an explicit equation.

Rhinos and M&M's

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Exponential
This is three activities rolled into one. It involves both exponential growth and decay. It would be a good activity to do near the middle to end of your exponential unit.

USA Today Exponential Activity Activity Notes

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Exponential
This activity requires students be familiar with creating a scatter plot on a graphing calculator and finding a regression line.

Exponential Functions Activity

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Exponential
This activity has groups and requires each group to take four exponential equations and make a table of values, graph the equation, summarize the similarities and differences amongst the four graphs and describe how the graph is related to its equation.

Lily's Mussels 
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Linear, Exponential
This is a quick activity that involves population growth and compares assuming a linear growth vs an exponential growth.

Linear vs Exponential Models

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Linear, Exponential
This activity is designed to show the similarities between linear and exponential functions.

Discovering Growth Patterns

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Linear, Exponential
This activity has five different situations where the students are asked to predict if the situation implies linear or exponential. They are also asked to describe the growth that proves their prediction, graph the situation and then find a regression equation.

Getting Even Fitter 
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Exponential
This one page activity requires students to graph data and make predictions.

Triangular Numbers

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In this activity students are asked to take the triangular numbers and find a pattern, write a recursive formula and graph the situation.

Toothpicks and Transformations

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The first two worksheets are on graph translations. The third activity students are analyzing data to determine a relationship. They are also asked to graph the relationship and find several different forms to represent the rule.

Egg Launch Contest

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This is an excellent activity. Students are asked to judge which team won the egg launching contest. One team submitted an equation to describe their success, another team a table of values and another team had a graph. So students have to be familiar with all three and be able to move back and forth between them to determine the winner.

Let's Make A Parabola

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This activity has students discover the roles of a, h and k in the vertex form y = a(x  h)^2 + k.

Categorizing Patterns, Notes

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Linear, Quadratic, Exponential, Inverse Variation
This activity would be a good follow up to the shapes of Algebra. It asks students to analyze six different tables and for each table they are asked to describe the pattern they see in words, make a graph, describe the graph in words and if possible write an equation for the data.

Make Me Rich!

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Linear, Quadratic, Exponential
This activity has students analyze which contract they should sign. Students need to be able to recognize which type of function would be a better pay scale and how long they might be hired to be a consultant.

Polynomial Functions Activity

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Polynomial functions
This activity asks students to sketch a graph of various polynomials and compare and contrast the degree and the number of 'turns' on the graph, how the odd degrees compare to each other and same with the even degrees.

M&M's, Balloons, Cups, and More

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Linear, Quadratic, Exponential
This is a series of six different activities where students collect data, graph the data points, determine which family of functions it belongs to and find an equation for the data.
