# Parent Functions Card Sort Activity

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I created this parent functions card sort activity for my Algebra 2 students. This activity is intended to give students practice matching equations, graphs, and tables. It also introduces them to the concept of a “window” on the graphing calculator.

I actually ended up giving this to students on their very first day of using the graphing calculator. That was probably a mistake. I should have spent much more time walking students through graphing functions and changing the window before giving them this card sort. Lesson learned.

This card sort introduces students to the following parent functions:

• Polynomial
• Exponential
• Rational
• Logarithmic

Close-Up of Card Sort Equation Cards

Graph Cards

Table Cards

Window Cards

I had students staple their piles together and glue the back card down in their notebooks.

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1. Jsnider says:

I love the domain and range foldable!

1. Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove) says:

Thanks! It was inspired by the Journal Wizard!

2. Christine Mishra says:

2. Mrs. Pertierra says:

I'm curious as to how you would teach many of these things without a calculator. Something we've been struggling with this year is that our new EOC has one section that is completely no calculator, and for the other section they can only use scientific calculators… I would be afraid to teach using the graphing calculator, but then they're not able to use them on the giant assessment (30% of year grade)

1. Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove) says:

Well, for finding roots, solutions, zeroes, etc, students would need to factor the polynomial and apply the zero product property. I have my students do this later in the year when we study quadratics. So, I teach them calculator and non-calculator methods – just not at the same time if that makes sense.

3. Unknown says:

Hi, I have tried to share this before, but I don't think it ever loaded. Since Finding Nemo came out I have used DIXI DORY. I have students think of dory from Nemo on a little bathroom cup from Dixi (I omit the e). I have had teachers at the high school ask who came up with that because they saw it on their students papers and never asked. It stuck with them and it worked! Just keep swimming.

1. Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove) says:

Nice!