In Math 3 Support a big goal of mine for the Conic Unit is that students will be able to quickly identify if a given equation is a parabola, circle, ellipse, or a hyperbola. If my students can identify that quickly they will know what the standard form should look like before they begin the process of completing the square.
As I was goggling conic activities, I ran across a great 16 page link that will just conics (yay!) and tied every topic to the GPS standard (double yay!) The last pages have a "Name that Conic" game. I enjoy using games in support since it breaks up the ordinary and all my students like to complete against each other. I let my students break themselves up into 8 equal groups and then rearrange the desks into groups.
1) Each group is given 1 small envelope with 5 notes cards. They get 2 minutes to "Name that Conic" and write their answers of the corresponding line of the answer sheet and place the index cards back in the envelope.
2) After two minutes say "Rotate". Each group will pass their envelope clockwise and receive a new envelope.
3) Repeat the cycle until each group has seen each envelope.
4) Collect and score the answer sheets.
Link to 16 pages of great conic activities/handouts linked to GPS Standards--MM3G2a,b,c. The "Name that Conic" game is on pages 12-16. http://www.ciclt.net/ul/okresa/Math3Unit%202Lesson%204%20plan.pdf
To extend the activity into an entire class, I included 6 problems in which the students had to identify which conic section was represented and then write the equation in standard form.
Warning: There is a good bit of prep work for this activity. It would be a great one to have a student aid or a student who finishes early to cut/label for you!
Educator who loves math and working with students.