In tomorrow's lesson, students are going to complete 4 activities. We are wrapping up a unit; there is no new information being presented tomorrow. It would have been the perfect day for stations ... but currently in my head I don't have the activities set up that way. Students will ...

- Take a quiz on data collection and quadratics. I'll provide the data ... they will analyze.
- Complete a practice activity on transforming quadratics. I have a set of equations - they will describe the changes as compared to the quadratic parent function.
- Complete an activity in which they analyze a parabola within a particular context (our unit is on characteristics of quadratics)
- Finish the study guide for the test (we've done half of the study guide).

The day would have worked in stations ... but instead of trying to revamp this lesson, I will plan stations for Friday. (We are on an A/B day schedule ... so Monday/Tuesday is the outline above; Wednesday/Thursday is the test). While the work above is plain ol' practice, students will get to work with partners; I'll also post answer keys in the front of the room so that I am free to roam and help. Students know my one rule is to check work with the keys without a pencil in hand. For my teens there is too much temptation to change answers :)

Friday is our last day before spring break (whew - so ready!). Students will be completing a spiral review that day. Topics will include solving equations; something to do with lines (maybe writing equations; maybe analyzing linear functions in context); and systems of equations.

As I'm reading the posts on stations, I'm thinking about how I could best pull together the activities for Friday. I'll definitely be cutting up some already prepared worksheet type activities! I hope to also use a computer station (Manga High). I may also have an algebra tiles station.

This is the beginning of Friday's stations ...

This is the beginning of Friday's stations ...

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