In this activity, students will factor polynomials where a=1 and a>1 . Students will match problems with solutions to create a puzzle once they are finished. Because the students’ puzzle pieces have been randomized on an output sheet, students are able to cut their own puzzle pieces out without first being exposed to the solution. This means no prep for you! Other ideas for this activity include:
Have students paste their final puzzles on colored or construction paper and ask them to decorate or color it. It makes beautiful classroom décor when done!
Allow students to work individually, in groups, or in a competition to encourage motivation.
Cut the pieces of one puzzle and laminate them. Keep them, along with the directions, in a file folder for a quick enrichment activity for early finishers.
This puzzle is great for kinesthetic learners and keeps students engaged while they practice their skills. The problems vary in difficulty to ensure an appropriate level of challenge to your students.
You may also like these other algebra activities and puzzles:
Graphing Linear Inequalities Cryptogram
Percentages Domino Puzzle
Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides Activity
Solving Proportions Triangle Puzzle
Systems of Equations Math Trail
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