With the help of my colleague, Michelle, we made 30 headbanz. We used coloured card stock, cut into rectangles with 2 slits cut along the sides to accommodate ribbon. I wrote the equations and this is how they turned out:
The kids were pretty excited to play. I like to have written instructions on top of what I say, so here is what they saw:
They each got a whiteboard to record their work. It was interesting to see them thinking about what to ask. Many started with "Am I in vertex form?" or "Am I in factored form?" but the poor student who had had a hard time getting good answers. They had to think about what questions to ask. The nice thing is that those who were struggling heard the questions others were asking them and were able to move forward. The trickiest part was with the value of h in
They would ask "Is my h value positive?" but then either interpret the answer incorrectly or not be sure whether the person they had asked truly understood what a positive h value meant.
They all figured out their equations and had fun doing so. And they want to play again next week when the whole class is there. I'll be happy to oblige.
Thanks, Sam, for the inspiration : )