Translating Graphs Lesson PlanThe Translating Graphs Lesson Plan Overview

The translating graphs lesson plan is designed to be an inquiry and discovery-based lesson. The students are introduced to an activity where they are encouraged to speculate, test and make guesses about the graph translation before testing it on some graphing utility that you have available in your classroom for your students.

The Translating Graphs Lesson Plan Covers

  • F. BF.3 - Identify the effect on the graph of replacing f(x) by f(x) + k, k f(x), f(kx), and f(x + k) for specific values of k (both positive and negative); find the value of k given the graphs. Experiment with cases and illustrate an explanation of the effects on the graph using technology. Include recognizing even and odd functions from their graphs and algebraic expressions for them.

The Translating Graphs Lesson Plan Emphasizes the Mathematical Practices

  • MP6 - Attend to precision.

The Flow of the Translating Graphs Lesson Plan

The students will come in and review the day before's activity on translating functions with equations. Now they're going to look at more complex graphs and equations and build upon that understanding that in this lesson plan.

The activity that's been created allows students a chance to play with and model with the graphs provided. Students will need to make speculations and ask questions of themselves and others to complete the activity. The students may find some of them easy and some of them difficult. It'll be important that you do not give out the answers until the very end, but encourage them to discover and figure out the correct answers on their own.

Once students are done with the activity, there is a provided PowerPoint that will allow the students to take notes on the correct information. This will allow students to play with the numbers and then solidify their understanding so that they can carry it further into the next lessons.

Before leaving students will complete an exit slip that will allow you to assess exactly where they are in their learning. The next lesson is designed to allow you time to correct any misunderstandings in their understanding.

Free Translating Graphs Worksheet/Activity

The Complete Day 32: Translating Graphs Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Day 32: Translating Graphs Lesson Plan
  • Day 32: Bellringer
  • Day 32: Activity - Parent Functions
  • Day 32: Presentation - Translating Graphs
  • Day 32: Exit Slip

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Powerful Questions

  • What generalization can you make about the graphs?
  • How can I move the graph up five units? (etc.)
  • Why are the horizontal moves the "opposite" direction?

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Translating Graphs Lesson Plan