One student suggested that we should go outside to have class. After all, it was a "beautiful day." Now, going outside wasn't in my plans. My plans were to spend an additional day on graphing hyperbolas and to take a quiz.
I've seen ideas on Pinterest where students went outside to practice graphing rational functions or inequalities using sidewalk chalk. We haven't reached rational functions yet, in Algebra 2. And, it was way too cold outside when we reached inequalities in my Algebra 1 class. So, I hadn't had a chance to take my classes outside yet. I did have the sidewalk chalk, sitting in my cabinet, though.
Observations. It was windy, windy, windy! And, at 9 a.m. in the morning, the "beautiful day" had yet to really turn beautiful yet. It was cold. And windy. And, my students were soon regretting their request.
They hurried up, graphed one hyperbola on the sidewalk, and rushed back into the school building to seek warmth and respite from the wind. They gladly finished graphing the rest of their hyperbolas in their notebook INSIDE the classroom.
|Hyperbola in Chalk on Sidewalk|
|Hyperbola Graphed On Sidewalk - This group made an error when finding the vertices of their hyperbola.|
|Another Group's Hyperbola|
My change for next year? Watch the weather and do this on a truly beautiful day!