I tried out the popular game Angry Birds the other day, and began thinking, "What excuse can I have to play this more?"
Using it in a lesson, perhaps? An Angry Birds Math Lesson!
To motivate the study of quadratic functions (usually an Algebra I topic), let's start with this video:
Next, students should realize we need some measurements:
Solve a system using substitution and voila - we know where the bird will land. This last part will take some guidance, so here's a handout.
You may want to import the basic image into Geogebra (click the little arrow on the Slider Tool to show a drop-down menu) and have your students play with it first.
Don't watch the results until you've tried it out!
In this package you'll find:
- Both HD videos
- Images (with and without parabola)
- Worked solution
Let me know if you students like having Angry Birds teach math!