This is one of my favorite ways for students to truly understand HOW to factor. I like to think one of my greatest strengths as a mathematics teacher is that every student that leaves my class knows how to factor. This activity has seven different games (with keys) that stress the importance of Factoring Using Reverse FOIL. Many Algebra 1 teachers like the "Factor by Grouping Method." Although the grouping is a good method for beginning factoring, it proves to be troublesome for more complicated problems like 24x^2 - 5x + 36. This activity makes factoring using "Reverse FOIL" easier for students to learn and allows students to quickly eliminate almost every possibility in what some teachers call the "guess and check method." For a full explanation, visit: https://youtu.be/jta9J9hlosc.
When students master this activity, I have them try Dry Erase Factoring, Super Challenges: Factoring with a Twist, and a "Factoring Tarsia." Please look for my other resources.