Roller Coasters and Quadratic Equations

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  • 1 Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
  • | 2 Bayside Middle School, Virginia Beach, VA

Students explore the relationship between thrill-seeking rides and their algebra 1 curriculum in an informative, engaging, student-centered lesson that was designed using a project-based-instruction (PBI) framework.

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  • Larmer, John David Ross, and John R. Mergendoller. 2009. PBL Starter Kit: To-the-Point Advice, Tools and Tips for Your First Project in Middle or High School. Novato, CA: Buck Institute for Education.

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  • Marshall, Jill A., Anthony J. Petrosino, and Taylor Martin. 2010. “Preservice Teachers’ Conceptions and Enactments of Project-Based Instruction.” Journal of Science Education and Technology 19, no. 4 (August): 37086.

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  • Mathematics Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools. 2009. Algebra 1. Richmond, VA: Virginia Department of Education.

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