Building a Playground

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Scholars crave practical application. Let them use the different models of a quadratic function to plan the size and shape of a school playground. They convert between the different forms and maximize area.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask pupils to provide a list of possible areas with their corresponding dimensions
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires toothpicks or graph paper
  • Assumes a familiarity with the different forms of a quadratic function
Pros

  • Includes a detailed teacher guide with an answer key and student handout
  • Given dimensions allow for reasonable calculations without the use of a calculator
Cons

  • None