Graphing Family of Functions

This Graphing Family of Functions lesson plan also includes:

Functions have families, too. Learners first graph the parent functions for linear, quadratic, and cubic functions, and then use vertical translations to graph families of functions.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the resource to introduce transformations of functions, specifically translations
Classroom Considerations

  • Note that the resource uses the terms mother function (e.g., y = x^2) and father function (e.g., y = –x^2), which is not universal nomenclature
  • Lesson requires printable overhead transparency sheets to make cutouts

  • Resource includes reproducible handouts
  • Includes answer key

  • Incorrect use of apostrophes
  • References to CST are outdated, as California no longer administers this assessment