End behavior "discovery" intro - start with a basic introduction to vocabulary (degree, leading coefficient). Give each group a copy of the first page to cut out and sort based on the degree and leading coefficient. We'll then compare the end behavior of the graphs in each group to come up with the "rules" for polynomial end behavior.
Today I made a cheat sheet to give to our students tomorrow as we get ready for a polynomials quiz on Thursday and mid-year review next week. Really, the sheet is as much for me as it is for them:) It's a half-sheet so I papercut the sheet in half and hole punch for the kids to put in their binders. You can download it from the "Freebies!" section of the sidebar if your kids need a reminder too!