Acting out a Parabola: the Importance of a Vertex and Directrix

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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CCSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use geometry software to show relationships between segments for a parabola
Classroom Considerations
  • Scholars should be able to apply the midpoint and distance formulas, as well as the general equation of a parabola
  • Yarn is necessary for the activity
Pros
  • Kinesthetic learners will find the activity beneficial
  • Includes recommendations and tips for the smooth operation of the activity
Cons
  • None
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