Analyzing a Data Set

Through discussions and journaling, classmates determine methods to associate types of functions with data presented in a table. Small groups then work with examples and exercises to refine their methods and find functions that work to model given data sets. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Prior to working examples, have class members create tables of data that could be modeled by linear, quadratic, or exponential functions
  • Create a matching activity with a set of tables and corresponding types of functions
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson assumes pupils recognize the shape of linear, quadratic, and exponential functions
  • Use word processing programs to assist with journaling
  • The second in a ten-module unit designed for the last unit in an Algebra I course
Pros

  • Scaffolding suggestions are provided for the teacher throughout the lesson
  • Exit ticket provided in order to assess understanding
Cons

  • None