We usually do graphing for linear equations, quadratics, etc from the book but we don't spend as much time having the students graph information from real life situations. Since my pre-algebra are doing basic linear equations, I should have them spend time creating graphs from real life data so they can see a correlation between the data, the equation and the graphing. If I add in technology, I can have students use a spread sheet to help create line graphs. The spreadsheets would also give them practice in creating tables or data with input and output. I could also have them create line graphs and bar graphs. Perhaps I can even have them check the amortization for buying a house, a boat, a savings account, production of something local.
For parabolas, dropping things out of a helicopter, firing a bullet, etc. I think those types of things would be more interesting to my students and they need that connection. Tomorrow I will share some of the sights I found with interesting activities.