Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation A Fireworks Display - Section 2: Investigation


One of the things I really like about this lesson is that students get their hands dirty playing around with a quadratic and can approach the task from many different angles.  For example, today when I taught this lesson, students who are very visual and into drawing were very excited to sketch a representation of the Punkin' Chuckin' situation.  Another student grabbed a calculator and started plugging in numbers for s.  Other students combed the text to clarify what questions needed to be answered.  The work came together on each poster with different students contributing where they had an area of strength.  All students were engaged in the class and had an understanding of what they were being asked to do in a conceptual way.  I believe this creates a positive association for them with quadratics.  I like to the start the unit this way!

  Intrinsic Motivation: Different Opportunities for Engagement
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A Fireworks Display

Unit 4: Quadratics!
Lesson 1 of 18

Objective: SWBAT practice making sense of a problem and explore input and output numbers connected by a formula.

Big Idea: Students roll up their sleeves and engage in the unit problem in an informal way.

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