This worksheet is designed to replace a lecture on the topic of factoring trinomials. I have found that using this area model approach to represent the product of polynomials has made it possible for my students to become proficient at factoring after 3-4 days of practice with this method.
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 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
), and immediately after this worksheet, I use the worksheet named 'Factoring Polynomials Part 3 for Algebra Spring 2014' (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Factoring-Polynomials-Part-3-for-Algebra-Spring-2014-1271233