Graphic Organizer for factoring Quadratics
Intro to Factoring (where a > 1 , the x squared time has a coefficient greater than 1) guided notes
Factors of "A*C" that add up to "B"
I have used this with my Algebra I and Algebra II students. They absolutely love it! I had a student color in and decorate the Factors of AC that add up to B clipart page to hang up in my room. We reference it almost every day during the quadratics unit. The pictures help my students remember they need numbers that multiply together to be equal to a times c (with a picture of an AirConditioner) and that add together to equal b (with a picture of a bee).
If you teach factoring with the "box" method - this is an amazing resource! I printed out a big stack of the graphic organizers for my struggling students, and they were able to keep up with the rest of class by just reaching for a graphic organizer whenever it was time to factor. My higher-level students were able to use the graphic organizer to get started, but quickly started factoring without the graphic organizer. The students who needed it continued to use it during class, and they really loved taking home a few to help them with homework!
This is pdf that include the blank graphic organizer and guided notes, as well as a color-coded answer key. I kept the colorful original on my wall for students to look at if they got stuck.
I have edited the original into many different versions - smaller, bigger, less boxes and assistance, etc. We started off with the large ones, moved on to smaller graphic organizers (2-8 per page to save space and paper), and eventually my students were able to factor beautifully without the graphic organizer. When we came back to review factoring, my students could remember the graphic organizer and remind themselves of the steps. All I had to do was get out the AC and bumble bee clip art again, and my students quickly remembered everything they had learned about factoring.
I will post more versions of the graphic organizer as well. This version includes the answer key, which clearly shows how to use the graphic organizer, as well as the clip art poster.