This is not a new idea – not even my idea, but a great one to begin or end the week, get students out of desks, working together, discussion patterns, etc. Musical Chairs!
We started the day with a quick version of pictionary for a given quadratic function. What are some key features / landmarks in the plane that would be helpful to note, when describing to our partners? We arrive at the list x-intercepts, y-intercept, line of symmetry, vertex.
Students outline a page in their INBs with 4 lines at the bottom saved for reflection and the remainder of the page into 6 sections. I have the following functions covered on the board.
Students clear their desks, grab INBs, TIs, pencils and I begin playing Walking on Sunshine! Walk, walk, walk, dance, dance, dance. Music stops – grab a seat and a nearby partner. Timer is set…to graph, sketch, label and noting key features. Discuss / check with partner. Questions? Music plays again…some Hall & Oats…James Brown… Music stops, grab a seat and partner, repeat. Look for patterns and hints as your graphing/sketching!
Students will reflect on their work at beginning of class tomorrow. Listing things they notice from graphs / equations. Then I will present them with factored versions of the above and repeat a similar task.