This worksheet is designed to replace an introductory lecture on factoring trinomials. It emphasizes an area model for representing the product of two polynomials, as in my experience, I can get every student to successfully factor trinomials using this method after 3 or 4 days.
I start out class with a 15-minute "mini-lesson," giving my students some basic examples of what today's lesson will be about. Once the mini-lesson is over, I have them get to work within their groups on this worksheet.
I use this activity within cooperative groups, and I circulate to make sure they are getting the purpose of the questions.
The file includes spiral review problems.
This worksheet is intended to be written on directly.
Please download the pdf preview file first, so you can see exactly what's included; the product file is a word document, which you may personalize for your students.
Immediately before this worksheet, I use the worksheet named 'Introductory Factoring Problems for Algebra 1 Spring 2014' (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Introductory-Factoring-Problems-for-Algebra-1-Spring-2014-1271202
), and immediately after this worksheet, I use the mini lesson named 'How to Factor a Trinomial if the GCF of the Three Terms is Just 1 Spring 2014 Student Notes' (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-to-Factor-a-Trinomial-if-the-GCF-of-the-Three-Terms-is-Just-1-Spring-2014-1271219