Education Technology

What Makes a Good Graph?

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

In this activity, intended for Algebra I classrooms, students use their TI-Nspire handhelds to create graphs of various functions.

The goal is for them to transfer the graphs from the handhelds to graph paper maintaining the key features of the graph. Students will begin to develop an understanding of intercepts, relative maximums/minimums, and end-behavior.

Before the Activity

Print out MakeAGoodGraph_Turkington.pdf and read through activity.
Download MakeGoodGraph_Turk.tns and distribute to student handhelds.

During the Activity

Teacher should circulate among students and respond to questions.

After the Activity

Whole class should summarize what it means to transfer a graph from handheld to graph paper.