This puzzle consists of 12 pieces that all contain factoring problems. Some of the problems require students to factor out the Greatest Common Factor and other problems are difference of squares. None of the problems are combinations (meaning that students have to do a GCF, then factor difference of squares). The teacher will need to make a copy of the puzzle for each student or each group. I like for my students to work on this as a partner activity. The puzzle must be cut out before they start. I put my puzzle pieces in sandwich baggies or envelopes to help keep them together. When they finish, their puzzle should look exactly like it looked before you cut it out so it should make a rectangle. I require students to write down each problem and their work on a separate sheet of paper to turn in. The letters on the puzzle have no meaning, it is just a way for the teacher to do a quick check for correctness. The expressions around the edges of the original document are "dud" answers.
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