This is a great puzzle to be used as classwork or homework for study on Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square. Not all problems are in standard form, so students must rearrange some equations prior to solving. All answers are integer numbers so students can focus on the process and not worry about simplifying radicals and such. The puzzle can be done in class in pairs or sent home as homework to be glued on construction paper prior to turning it in. Use this instead of a worksheet or book work so your students can practice without it feeling like work!
Directions for Set-Up:
• Copy enough copies of the puzzle for each group or individual that will be completing one.
• Cut apart the pieces of the puzzle and place in a plastic bag.
• Hand out one bag to each pair or individual
Directions for Solving the Puzzle:
1. Students pick one problem on a puzzle piece, write it down on their student work sheet (lined paper), and solve.
2. Students look for answer on another puzzle piece.
3. Students place answer side of puzzle piece to corresponding problem on the first puzzle piece.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 until all 18 Completing the Square
Problems are solved and the puzzle is fully put together.
Directions for Checking:
This puzzle is a little more difficult than my Algebra I puzzles. There are 9 different possibilities for solutions due to problems and answers being on EVERY side of the puzzle pieces instead of leaving a blank border. Use the Answer Options sheet to help you grade their puzzles. But don’t forget to make sure you collect work papers too so you can make sure processes are done correctly!