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Quadratic Functions

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Here is a collection that not just teaches parabolas, but allows for exploration of the quadratic function to model realistic scenarios. Students are guided through videos, DESMOS activities, and practice problems to explore the topic. 
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Algebra: High School Common Core Math

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
All Algebra, all the time! Here is a compiled list of resources that address all of the standards regarding Algebra Common Core for high school. Each resource has the main standard it addresses under the notes section of the item. 
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Parabolas Are All Around Us

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Moving parabolas off of graph paper and into the real world is the task at hand in this detailed poster project. First, learners perform a cumulative activity identifying many characteristics of an assigned quadratic equation. Next, they...
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Review Graphing Parabolas & Circles

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Learners review how to graph parabolas. They practice graphing two different parabolas using the vertex and table method. They solve problems related to graphing circles, determining the radius and the center.
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Parabolas

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Learners define a parabola through hands on creation. For this algebra lesson, students analyze the directrix and focus of a parabola. They create a paper parabola and identify the vertex with points equal distance apart from the vertex.
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Algebra 2 - Conic Sections - Parabolas

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The first minute and a half of this video rambles on before the presenter begins to talk about conic sections. Using a whiteboard, he dissects a cone to show the different shapes that are inside, focusing on parabolas. He gives an...
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What is a Parabola?

For Teachers 8th - 9th
What do you get when you graph a quadratic function? Not a line, that's the graph of a linear equation. The graph of a quadratic function is a curved line, either opening upward like a smile, or opening downward like a frown. The...
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Podcasting Parabolas

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore parabolas.  In this algebra and technology lesson, students construct the equation of a specific parabola, then take digital photos of real-life representations of these parabolas.  Students create a podcast with a...
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The Definition of a Parabola

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Put together the pieces and model a parabola. Learners work through several examples to develop an understanding of a parabola graphically and algebraically. 
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Are All Parabolas Similar?

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Congruence and similarity apply to functions as well as polygons. Learners examine the effects of transformations on the shape of parabolas. They determine the transformation(s) that produce similar and congruent functions.
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Acting out a Parabola: the Importance of a Vertex and Directrix

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Walk the ... parabola. Classmates use yarn to form a human parabola. They then apply what they learn to connect key features of a parabola to its equation.
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Discovering Properties of Parabolas by Comparing and Contrasting Parabolic Equations

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Here's a lesson with a laser focus on parabolas. Pupils learn how to derive the equation of a parabola given the equation of the directrix and the coordinates of the focus. Using a reference sheet, learners work in groups to derive the...
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Are All Parabolas Congruent?

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Augment a unit on parabolas with an instructive math activity. Pupils graph parabolas by examining the relationship between the focus and directrix. 
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Conics Introduction and Parabolas

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Where did conic sections get their name? The equation and graph of a parabola are developed from the definition of the conic section. Teacher examples on graphing the equation and writing an equation from the graph round out the plan.
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Constructing a Parabola

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students construct parabolas using Islamic Mathematics.  In this constructing parabolas using Islamic Mathematics lesson plan, students discuss parts of the parabola including vertex, focus, and directrix.  Students construct a parabola...
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Parabola Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Class members select a picture that contains a parabola and construct a drawing of it using function graphs in the quadratic project. Individuals restrict the domains of the functions to create a more accurate drawing. They then submit a...
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Graphing Parabolas

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Explore graphing quadratic functions by writing them in vertex form. Learners use their skills of completing the square to rewrite standard form in vertex form. They recognize key features in the equation and transfer them to the graph,...
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Properties of Parabolas

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Explore the properties of parabolas in this lesson. Construct a parabola given a focus and a directrix on the Ti-Nspire. Write equations of parabolas in vertex form and determine the a value of a parabola given a focus and directrix.
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Parabola Focus and Directrix 1

For Students 10th - 12th
Starting with a point (focus) and a line below the point (directrix), in this video, Sal tries to find the set of all points (locus) equidistant to the point and the line. He shows, using the distance formula, that indeed, we have an...
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Parabolas

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate parabolas and their equations.  In this parabolas and their equations lesson plan, students graph quadratic equations on their graphing calculator.  Students find the axis of symmetry of a parabola.  Students discuss...
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Graphs of Parabolas

For Students 10th
In this graphs of parabolas worksheet, 10th graders solve 10 different problems that include the graphs of various parabolas. First, they graph the parabola given the equation to determine which way the parabola opens. Then, students...
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Properties of Parabolas

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Have your learners investigate parabolas. In this Algebra II lesson plan, students explore the basic definition of a parabola by using Cabri Jr. to create a parabola given the focus and directrix.  Students interpret the equation for a...
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Exploring Parabolas

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students engage in a study of the parabola that is displayed on a graph to investigate the fall of a victim from a bridge to determine if it was a crime committed as foul play. They are given the opportunity to try example problems to...
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Properties of Parabolas

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Learn to identify the properties of parabolas. Students define parabola as the locus of all points equidistant from a fixed point and a fixed line. Also, interpret the equation for a parabola in vertex form and gain a visual...