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Quadratic Formula Memory Assignment

One of my favorite homework assignments of the year is this Quadratic Formula Memory Assignment that I assign my Algebra 2 students every year.

quadratic formula memory assignment

Students have to recite the quadratic formula from memory to one teacher, one family member, and one additional person of their choosing.

The assignment features the quadratic formula written out in both words and symbols to make it easier to those listening to make sure that the student is correctly reciting the formula.

quadratic formula memory assignment

It’s a fun way to get students practicing reciting the formula from memory.

I love, also, that it gives other teachers in the school a little glimpse into what is going on in math class!

Some years, I teach students to sing the formula to the tune of Pop Goes the Weasel. Usually, I give them the assignment and let them freak out a bit as they try to memorize it on their own before I share the song.

A few students have remembered their older siblings singing the song and have taught it to the rest of the class.

I usually encourage students to check out YouTube to find a version of the song that appeals to them.

quadratic formula printed on post-it note.


Looking for more quadratic formula teaching resources? This activity is featured in my collection of Fun Quadratic Formula Activities. You’ll find 12 more creative ideas for teaching the quadratic formula to your high school math students.


Thursday 20th of April 2017

I love this blog, you have so much great ideas and it is a big help for teacher like me in teaching subject that most of students hate.


Monday 9th of May 2016

Thank you so much for this great idea! I am going to use the idea of your templates, cups, and question stacks tomorrow for my Algebra IB class :). I also made a question stack from your template for this topic. Would you like me to email it to you or is there a better way to share it?



Monday 16th of May 2016

I'd love a copy! My email address is mathequalslove (at) gmail (dot) com.



Thursday 25th of February 2016

I am not really anonymous. I am technology deficient. My name is Donna and I teach Algebra 1. I tell mine the Billy and Bob story to help them memorize the quadratic formula. And it seems to help make the process not so intimidating.



Saturday 9th of May 2020

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Friday 26th of February 2016

Hey Donna! I never heard of the Billy and Bob story. Would you care to share it? Thanks!

Jen Weise

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

Wow! This is going to be super helpful! Thank you so much!

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

You're welcome!

Teri Ferguson

Friday 12th of February 2016

LOVE!!! We are totally on the same page here. I have always taught my students to set up the "framework" as I called it and then go back and plug the numbers into the holes. I was just getting ready to create my guided notes when you posted this. Thank you so much.

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