Here is what our interactive notebooks ended up looking like for conic sections.
As always, the unit began with a table of contents.
|Conic Sections Table of Contents|
I posted about it earlier, but I gave my students a flow chart from Rebecka Peterson to help them identify which conic section corresponded with a given equation.
|Classifying Conic Sections Flow Chart|
The formulas and information I gave students were taken from Cindy Johnson's Conic Cards. The conic card file contains cards for the students to use that have these formulas on them. But, I decided I wanted my students to have something in their notebook to reference this year. I like how these pages turned out, and I'm thinking of doing away with the information cards altogether next year in the conic card decks.
|Conic Section: Parabola Formulas|
|Parabola Graphing Practice Foldable Booklet|
|Parabola Practice - Foldable Example|
I have attached the files below. The formulas for the practice problems were not written in, so you could give students any parabola equations that you choose to.
Next up, circles! We took notes over the formulas for circles.
|Conic Section: Circle Formulas|
|Circle Practice Booklet Foldable|
|Circle Practice - Foldable Example|
|Interactive Notebook Pages - Conic Sections: Circles|
|Conic Section: Ellipse Formulas|
|Ellipse Practice Booklet Foldable|
|Interactive Notebook Pages - Conic Sections: Ellipses|
|Ellipse Practice - Foldable Example|
Last, but not least, we explored hyperbolas. Hyperbolas are my least favorite conic section. I didn't want my prejudice against hyperbolas to rub off on my students, so I actually told my students that hyperbolas were my favorite conic section to graph. I'm not sure how convincing I was, but I did hear some students remark that hyperbolas weren't as hard to graph as they first imagined them to be.
Here are the formulas for hyperbolas.
|Conic Section: Hyperbola Formulas|
|Hyperbola Practice Booklet Foldable|
|Hyperbola Practice - Foldable Example|
|Interactive Notebook Pages - Conic Sections: Hyperbolas|