I only had about a week to cover transformations so I focused on translations and reflections, and then briefly covered dilations. I used coordinate changes, where (x,y) transformed to (x +2, y-1) or (-x,y) as I feel that will benefit them in later Algebra classes as well. Michael Pershan’s created an excellent Tool for Exploring Transformation Rules using Desmos that I love. I gave my students the link and let them play with it.
Then I had them take out the +5, and +8 so they only had (x,y).
I challenged them to make the house FATTER. It took them a while to figure out they had to multiply a number instead of add. After they were all able to make very fat houses asked them to make it skinner, taller, and shorter. After that, I asked if they thought they could turn it upside down. The students enjoyed making the house different sizes and moving it around. But the best benefit came days later when I only had to mention the house to remind them how to differentiate between the translations and dilations in future work.
Here is the link to the Transformations foldable I created, using Kuta software for some of the graphs.
Thanks to Fawn, my students actually cared about making the maximum sized box out of their 8.5″x10″ piece of graph paper. If you don’t do this, you should! It was very easy and great fun! You will need to go and read Fawn’s popcorn post because she has all of the great lesson details.
I went minimalist and only showed them a box I had made, and the squares I had cut out to make my box. I gave them a ruler, scissors, tape and ONE piece of graph paper. I told them they only got ONE piece of paper. They worked well and carefully. Most students chose to fold the sides in instead of cutting just in case they messed up. Love them.
I recently bought an Orville Redenbacher air popper so I brought that in to make the popcorn. Seriously, this is the best $22.49 I’ve spent in a long time even before I used it for a math lesson! I even brought in butter. One of the students took a picture of the air popper so she could buy one. It was pretty cool with all of the popping going on right in the back of the room. It smelled heavenly!
Once they made their box they measured it and entered the measurements and resulting volume on a Google Form. Then I filled up their box with popcorn! We ate while looking at the Google Form results and then I challenged them to find a general equation for an size cut. Several students came up with it pretty quickly and then I had them graph it in Desmos to show them how their maximum volume was also on the graph.
Calling all teachers to help me make these better!
This summer at Twitter Math Camp, Glenn (@gwaddellnvhs) and Jonathan (@rawrdimus) showed us how they lead students through all of the functions in Algebra 2. Basically, they put all of the equations into (h,k) form. Fortunately, the book I am using this year, “Discovering Advanced Algebra” does basically the same thing. Since it is a “discovery” book, they have some good ideas that I have been able to modify and made into INB (Interactive Notebook) form. Never fear, this just means it’s a worksheet that you fold in half.
The first discovery was also my students first introduction to graphing with Desmos on their own. Of course they have seen me use Desmos multiple times by now since Desmos has all of those great example graphs in their side bar!
Here is how I progressed through discovery for linears, quadratics, square root, and absolute value. The Box files with the word docs are at the end.
- Horizontal and Vertical Shifts
- Linear Equations (first time with Desmos)
- Quadratic Equations
- Reflections with the square root function
- Dilations with the absolute value function – these last two are combined into one. I would love any suggestions on this – before Monday. I know, I’m asking for too much here! 🙂
Also included is a “Transformations Parent Graph” foldable that I made to sum it up. I kind of hate this one, and would love suggestions here for sure! Should I add dilations? Why is it so ugly? What else do I need to add? I need help here for sure.
Algebra 2 Function Transformation Discoveries
Please note: I did not make all of these discoveries from “scratch”. I created some of them. But some were inspired by the textbook I am using this year, “Discovering Advanced Algebra” and some were created by my amazing co-teacher. I then adapted all of them for INB (Interactive Notebook) form.