RF01 Represent data, using polynomial functions (of degree ≤ 3), to solve problems.
Speedy Squares from Mary Bourassa and Speedy Squares from Jon Orr - We want to determine how long it will take to build a 26 x 26 square out of link cubes. As this is a lot of cubes, students might start by timing smaller squares, collecting some data, using quadratic regression and extrapolating.
Which One Doesn't Belong from Mary Bourassa - Try using a Which One Doesn't Belong question prompt with students to get them using polynomial vocabulary and thinking about the characteristics of cubic functions. You could even have students try to create their own question using this context and polynomial functions.