*This product has been updated. Students can create a Father's Day card or simply a You are Appreciated card that they can give to anyone.
Looking to review Algebra skills, especially factoring polynomials, with your math students? This Father's Day themed unit consists of 5 activities:
1. Algebra Challenge where students work in groups to solve Algebra problems (solving inequalities, absolute value equations, order of operations, and other Algebra concepts) within a 40 minute time period. The group with the most correct answers wins a Father's Day or You are Appreciated certificate to take home to anyone they'd like.
2. Popcorn Volume Activity where students work out 6 volume problems (2 cylinders, 2 spheres, and 2 cones) to decide which container will hold the most amount of popcorn.
3. Factoring Warm-Up: 5 factoring questions and 5 solving by factoring questions including trinomials where the leading coefficient is not equal to 1. This can be done whole group with the entire class to review the students' factoring skills. In an advanced or honors class, you can have the students work in pairs or small groups on these problems as a warm-up.
4. Father's Day Card/You Are Appreciated Card Design Involving Factoring Polynomials: students have 22 problems in total split up into three parts. With a partner they are to factor the problems in part 1. If they get all problems right, both students receive a cut-out of the word HAPPY or YOU from the teacher and proceed to Part 2. At the completion of Part 2, students check their answers. If they are correct the teacher will hand them a cut-out of the word FATHER'S or ARE. The students then work on Part 3. At the completion of Part 3 if students get all questions right they receive the word DAY or APPRECIATED. Students then tape or glue these to a white sheet of paper folded in half and decorate a Father's Day Card or You are Appreciated Card. The team that wins receives a Coupon to insert in the card. There's also a bonus question to allow more students to win the Coupon.
5. Two mazes that students do for fun (though they are pretty challenging).
Check out the preview. Answer keys to the problems are provided as well as standards and teacher instructions.
A great way to review at the end of the year and tie it to Father's Day. It's also sensitive to those classes where students don't have a father to celebrate; they can simply demonstrate their appreciation to anyone in their life (not necessarily their father).