This pattern puzzle asks students to match an original equation, with its factored form, and its solutions. Students will use one of four strategies (factoring out a common monomial, factoring trinomials, factoring using special properties, factoring by grouping) to solve this pattern puzzle. There are a total of 12 "trios" in this pattern puzzle.
1) Provide each group of students with the pattern puzzle already cut out for them in an envelope. Print the original equations on blue, the factored equations on purple, and the solutions on pink.
2) Explain to each student how they will be matching up "trios" of original equations, factored equations, and solutions.
3) Once they have grouped a trio together, they will cite which strategy they used (one of the four or "mixed") and record this information on their hand out.
4) Repeat until all "trios" have been found.