Students usually catch on to factoring trinomials when the a = 1, but they have a harder time when the a does not equal 1. This factoring mat will help students organize their ideas for pairs of factors.
Since factoring trinomials is often a trial and error process, it can be frustrating for students. Therefore, this mat is intended to be used as dry erase marker activity. The printed sheets can be placed in sheet protectors, or you can use more durable protectors such as these
. It is also helpful for students to have a worksheet to keep track of their work. In order to provide this, I print 6 slides per page and that provides just the right amount of space to record answers. Students love these mats so much that they continually to ask to be allowed to use them!
There are two versions of this mat. It is best to print in color, but shapes are coordinated for those without color printer access and for making student handouts in black and white.
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Here are some other Quadratic Function activities:
Smile: A Parabola Activity
Factor FOIL Practice & Activity
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