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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.

After this lesson, students will be able to:

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

60-90 minutes

- 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.

- Printed copies of the transcript of the video lesson, What is Function Notation: Definition & Examples
- Hard copies of the lesson worksheet
- Audio/video equipment
- Index cards
- Small bean bags in multiple colors (for tossing)

- 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?

- Hand out transcripts of the video lesson.
- Play the video lesson, pausing at time marker 3:05. Discuss:
- Can anyone define 'function notation?'
- In function notation, which portion is the dependent variable? Independent variable? How do you know?

- Practice a few simple functions (as seen in this section of the video) on the board. Allow volunteers to solve the functions you put on the board.
- Continue the video, pausing at time marker 5:07.
- Ask for volunteers to go to the board and write common formulas in function notation. Some examples include the formulas for:
- Perimeter of a square
- Area of a circle
- Circumference of a circle
- Volume of a cone

- Continue the video, pausing at time marker 6:57. Confirm that all students understand the process used to evaluate this function. Work through it again on the board, if necessary.
- Continue the video, pausing at time marker 7:40. Ask students to find the composition given on the screen.
- Pause the video at time marker 8:02 and have students compute the solution, then finish the video.

- Lesson worksheet
- Index cards
- Bean bags

- Write the answers to the worksheet (and a few additional functions) on index cards (one answer per card). Make some distractor cards.
- Have your students clear a large area in the center of the classroom.
- Place all the cards in the cleared area with answers showing.
- Divide your class into groups of 4 or 5.
- Give one bean bag to each group (each group should have a different color bag).
- Write a question on the board. Groups may use paper and pencil to work out the answers, but no calculators.
- The first group to land their bean bag on the correct answer gains a point. The group with the most points at the end of the game wins.

- Instruct students to create a 10-question matching worksheet (functions listed in the left column and solutions in the right column) covering topics reviewed in the lesson.
- Remind students that they must create an answer key with their worksheets.
- Allow students to swap papers and take each others' worksheets.
- Allow time for students to explain their answers to each other, if necessary.

- Replay the 'Lesson Summary' section of the video lesson (starting at time marker 8:50).
- Allow students time to review all their materials related to the lesson and ask any final questions before the quiz.
- Hand out the lesson quiz. Go over each question and answer with the class after they have finished it.

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