Lately, we have been working on graphing quadratic functions. I started by going over a graphic organizer I made for their notes. They were still having a hard time following along, so I decided they needed a little “fun” to help them pay attention and follow along. Here’s how it went. I set up my classroom in stations. I put all of the desks in groups of four and had two sets of three stations. It looked like this…..
I put little stickies with the station number on one of the desks in each group. I put four scissors, four glue sticks and a set of one of the problem cards in a bucket for each station. Looked a little like this……..
After going over a couple of examples, I gave each student a copy of the “mini book” page and had them cut out the “large rectangle” like this…..
Then I told them to fold it like a “hotdog,” like this…..
Then…… open it up and fold in the outside rectangles like a “shutter fold”…….
next….. open it back up and fold it like a “hamburger”………
Here’s where some of them are going to mess up…. They need to cut, starting on the folded side, to half-way across the middle of the “hamburger”……
next, open it back up and fold it like a “hot dog” again….
Take both ends and kind of “pinch” it to make the cut in the middle open up like a star like this……
Finally, fold all of the “pages” into each other to make a mini book like this……
Each station should be set up with a set of one of the problems, for example station 1 has the problems from the first page, station 2 has the problems from page 2, and station 3 has the problems from page 3. Each student takes one of the problems, works it, and graphs it. They finish cutting the rectangle out and glue it to the inside of the mini book, to look something like this…….
After a certain amount of time, I had the groups switch stations to work on the next problem.
Here is a video I made last summer for folding the mini book. It is a different book, but still the same fold (don’t make fun of me… lol).