Function Notation Lesson Plan

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

In this lesson plan, students engage in physical and mental activities to learn how to interpret function notation. An assessment, active game and student produced worksheet encourage participation in the learning process.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define 'function notation'
  • Evaluate functions
  • Identify and write functions related to formulas

Length

60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.F.A.1

Understand that a function is a rule that assigns to each input exactly one output. The graph of a function is the set of ordered pairs consisting of an input and the corresponding output.1

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.IF.A.2

Use function notation, evaluate functions for inputs in their domains, and interpret statements that use function notation in terms of a context.

Materials

Warm-Up

  • Review concepts important to this lesson:
    • What is a function?
    • Why are functions important?
    • What does it mean to evaluate something in math?
    • What type of notation is used in math? Why?

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