## Fun Conic Sections Activities

I used to dread teaching conics but introducing these fun conic sections activities into my math classroom has made all of the difference. Read on to find hands-on and engaging ways to teach conic sections to your students. My first experience teaching conic sections was during my first year of teaching. I was teaching Algebra …

## Conics Patty Paper Poster Project

I took the conic sections that my students made during our folding conics project and had students turn them into a Conics Patty Paper Poster Project. At least, this was what I planned to do. What I didn’t plan on was my toddler getting sick which caused me to miss an entire week of school …

## Folding Conic Sections Project

I decided to use this folding conic sections project to kick off our conics unit in Pre-Calculus. Over the last few years, I have learned how to create parabolas, ellipses, and hyperbolas using paper folding. I decided that if I could figure out a way to create a circle using paper folding that I would …

## Building a Cone to Visualize Conic Sections

I love teaching conic sections, so I was super-excited to discover a set of instructions online for building a cone to help students visualize the four different types of conic sections. This made the perfect addition to our last unit of the year in Pre-Calculus – conics! Conics used to be a topic I taught …

## Paper Folding a Hyperbola

Back in February, I learned how to use paper folding to create an ellipse. Since then, I’ve wanted to try my hand at paper folding a hyperbola as well. It’s taken a few months, but I finally did it! Previously, I have bogged about paper folding both parabolas and ellipses. I learned about folding a …

## Paper Folding an Ellipse

Today I learned how to use paper folding to create an ellipse. Years ago, I had my students use paper folding to create wax paper parabolas. Oklahoma ended up changing their Algebra 2 standards, so I haven’t thought much about the activity in quite a while. Now that I’m teaching Pre-Calculus, I will have to …

## Conic Sections Foldable

I want to share a conic sections foldable I created with you today. If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you probably can tell that I’m a conic section convert.  I’m a conic section hater turned a conic section lover.  Confession time.  Before this school year, I didn’t really know why they were called conic …

## Sidewalk Chalk Hyperbolas Activity

Last Tuesday was my first time to see my students since the previous Thursday thanks to the stomach bug, President’s Day, and the weekend.  My Algebra 2 students were lamenting the fact that we were stuck inside at school on a beautiful day.  It’s slowly started warming up in Oklahoma, and I couldn’t be more …

## Conic Sections Foldables and Graphic Organizers

Today I’m sharing our conic sections foldables and graphic organizers that we glued in our interactive notebooks in Algebra 2. I’m so sad to be finished with conics.  I just love them that much. Conic cards are a huge reason why I like this unit so much.  My students, on the other hand, are quite …

## Classifying Conic Sections Flow Chart

The main change I’ve made to my Algebra 2 conic sections unit this year is to introduce a classifying conic sections flow chart that I got from Rebecka Peterson. It’s crazy to think about how much things can change over the course of a year.  Last year, I was dreading teaching conic sections to my …

## Wax Paper Parabolas

I’m excited to introduce you to wax paper parabolas! This year, my Algebra 2 interactive notebooks are easily a hundred times better than last year’s Algebra 2 notebooks!  I’m serious.   Last year, I did a pretty good job with Algebra 1.  And, Algebra 2 sort of got the short end of the stick.   …

## Using Conic Cards to Teach Conic Sections in 8 Days

If you teach conic sections as part of Algebra 2 or Pre-Calculus, I am about to share a life-changing teaching method for you called Conic Cards. Conic Cards are the creation of Cindy Johnson, a National Board Certified Teacher in Oklahoma. She blogs at Conic Card Lady. Cindy originally shared her Conic Cards at a …