Parent (Trap) Functions

Target Audience:

Students in Algebra I, or Algebra II in need of some function review. This lesson and activity is designed students ranging from 8th-11th grade depending on their mathematical skill set.

Lesson Objectives :

Students will be able to identify parent functions and their related “offspring”.

Students will be able to sort and identify the qualities of functions that make them belong to specific groups of functions.


  1. Make a copy of the Google Draw by clicking here.
  2. Once you have made a copy, read directions and start to sort functions into their given parent function category. See pictures below for reference.

Image Credits:

“10.24.2010 – No parents!” by dougbutchy is licensed under CC BY 2.0

One Reply to “Parent (Trap) Functions”

  1. OK – I’m gonna have to trust you on the math. But I do like how you demonstrate that Google Drawings provides a user friendly workspace for students to share their thinking. I like the title and featured image. I’ll bet if give mathematicians a laugh.

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