Here’s an overview of how to play the flyswatter game to practice identifying the different forms of a quadratic function. The flyswatter game is one of my favorite games for classification practice.
We played this game in conjunction with creating our Different Forms of a Quadratic Function Foldable.
I’ve blogged more in depth about the flyswatter game before.
Two teams. Throw an equation of a function on the SMART Board. First player to correctly swat the correct form on the dry erase board gets to stay in the game.
Other player has to sit down. Two new players go to the board. Another function. Another showdown.
Winner stays in the game. Loser sits. Game continues until only one team is left.
Practice, practice, practice. I made a slight change to the flyswatter game this time around, though.
I had students who weren’t playing at the time stay in their seats. They used their notebooks to determine the form. Students at the board had to determine the form without their notebooks.
Students with notebooks “graded” the work of the students at the board.
The best part of the game was hearing students explain to other students why their classification was wrong.
“But, it can’t be in standard form. It has parentheses. Standard form will never have parentheses.”
Students teaching students. Win!
More Resources for Teaching Quadratics
- 15 Fun Factoring Activities for Algebra
- Speedy Squares Activity for Quadratic Regression
- X Puzzles Review Game
- Quadratic Area Puzzles
- Factoring Puzzle for Quadratic Trinomials
- Shared Factors – A Quadratics Puzzle
- Factoring Quadratics Practice Activity (When a = 1)
- If the IRS had discovered the quadratic formula…
- Area Model Puzzles from Christie Bradshaw
- ZERO Game to Introduce Factoring Quadratics
- Vertex Form of a Quadratic Card Sort Activity
- Factoring Quadratics Foldable