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Unit 1 - Number Tricks, Patterns, and Abstractions(12 Lessons)

Unit 2 - The Number Line Project(9 Lessons)

Unit 3 - Solving Linear Equations(12 Lessons)

Unit 4 - Creating Linear Equations(8 Lessons)

Unit 5 - Statistics(20 Lessons)

Unit 6 - Mini Unit: Patterns, Programs, and Math Without Words(10 Lessons)

Unit 7 - Lines(10 Lessons)

Unit 8 - Linear and Exponential Functions(19 Lessons)

Unit 9 - Systems of Equations(20 Lessons)

Unit 10 - Quadratic Functions(21 Lessons)

Unit 11 - Functions and Modeling(13 Lessons)

Rectangular Gardens

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:Just when students are at their most confident that they've got this task down, there will be a little twist to propel us into this new unit.

17 Resources

12 Favorites

17 Resources

12 Favorites

Wait, Can You Solve That?

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:An un-solvable problem can be a great lesson hook!

31 Resources

7 Favorites

31 Resources

7 Favorites

Area Models for Multiplying Polynomials and Factoring Quadratic Expressions

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:This fast-paced lesson introduces multiplication of binomials and factoring of quadratic expressions for the first time, which sets students up to explore both in depth over the next few days.

22 Resources

15 Favorites

22 Resources

15 Favorites

Can You Factor It?

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:Students make a list of perfect squares before keep a close watch to see where these special numbers pop up!

21 Resources

8 Favorites

21 Resources

8 Favorites

Finding Roots of All Sorts

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:In this fast-paced lesson, students are introduced to as many ideas as they can handle, while also being given space to make their own sense of those ideas.

24 Resources

6 Favorites

24 Resources

6 Favorites

Quadratic Functions in Three Forms

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:An brief adventure in number theory provides some background knowledge for completing the square, then students get to practice manipulating quadratic expressions in different forms.

24 Resources

11 Favorites

24 Resources

11 Favorites

Different Forms and Different Parameters

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:Students use Desmos to check their work.

21 Resources

1 Favorite

21 Resources

1 Favorite

Graphing Quadratic Functions (Gallery Walk)

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:A gallery walk gives students some choice in their work, and gives everyone the chance to get up, move around, and share ideas. It also stays up on the wall so we can reference it in upcoming lessons.

24 Resources

11 Favorites

24 Resources

11 Favorites

Features of a Parabola

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:Students finish up the Quadratic Functions Gallery Walk and begin to spot connections between where the roots and where the vertex are located.

18 Resources

11 Favorites

18 Resources

11 Favorites

A Faster Way to Graph a Parabola

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:A neat but informally defined relationship between the roots and the vertex saves time now and lays foundations for a study of completing the square and the quadratic formula.

18 Resources

6 Favorites

18 Resources

6 Favorites

How Does a Parabola Grow?

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:It's not so much about the shortcut as it is about the structure it reveals!

16 Resources

1 Favorite

16 Resources

1 Favorite

The Axis of Symmetry and Vertex Form

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:As teachers, it's so important that we pay attention to what our kids can actually do, and make small adjustments accordingly. Today is a day to practice that!

21 Resources

6 Favorites

21 Resources

6 Favorites

What if We Start With the Axis of Symmetry?

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:An investigation of the relationship between the discriminant and the axis of symmetry lays foundations for students to understand the quadratic formula.

26 Resources

2 Favorites

26 Resources

2 Favorites

Finishing Five Point Graphs

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:A focus on special cases can reveal a lot about the fascinating behavior of quadratic functions.

15 Resources

2 Favorites

15 Resources

2 Favorites

What Does "a" Do?

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:Starting with today's assignment, my classroom becomes a workshop. Every student will learn as much as they can between now and the end of the unit.

17 Resources

4 Favorites

17 Resources

4 Favorites

Solving Quadratic Equations (Delta Math)

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:For each student, this lesson sits somewhere on the continuum that runs from review to preview.

11 Resources

2 Favorites

11 Resources

2 Favorites

Moving Toward Mastery: Completing the Square (Day 1)

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:There are uses for completing the square: first, as it relates to vertex form and graphing parabolas, and second as it relates to solving quadratic equations. Today, we'll get at both.

28 Resources

6 Favorites

28 Resources

6 Favorites

Moving Toward Mastery: Completing the Square (Day 2)

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:Students will continue to see that graphing quadratic equations and solving them work in tandem: the better we understand one, the more sense the other will make!

15 Resources

1 Favorite

15 Resources

1 Favorite

Review or Move On (to the Quadratic Formula)

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:After two quick review tasks, today's lesson is all about giving kids time and space to complete the work of their choice.

21 Resources

3 Favorites

21 Resources

3 Favorites

A Review Day, In Its Own Way

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:What makes a great review day? Making sure that students recognize that their hard work is paying off.

9 Resources

1 Favorite

9 Resources

1 Favorite

Unit 6, Two Day Exam

Algebra I

» Unit:

Quadratic Functions

Big Idea:Taking two days to give the exam in two different formats provides a variety of evidence of what students have learned.

13 Resources

1 Favorite

13 Resources

1 Favorite