Factoring by the Greatest Common Factor (GCF) Lesson Plan

Factoring by the Greatest Common Factor (GCF) Lesson Plan
Factoring by the Greatest Common Factor (GCF) Lesson Plan
Factoring by the Greatest Common Factor (GCF) Lesson Plan
Factoring by the Greatest Common Factor (GCF) Lesson Plan
Factoring by the Greatest Common Factor (GCF) Lesson Plan
Factoring by the Greatest Common Factor (GCF) Lesson Plan
Factoring by the Greatest Common Factor (GCF) Lesson Plan
Factoring by the Greatest Common Factor (GCF) Lesson Plan
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Problem of the Day: At the beginning of the lesson, students will take a few minutes to answer the problem of the day. Students can write their responses in a notebook, on a loose leaf sheet of paper or on the papers provided. After a few minutes, have students check the work of another classmate, or they can check their own.

Notes: Together as a class, spend some time going over the rules to factoring an expression by the GCF. Guided notes are helpful for all types of learners. Students don’t have to rush to write everything down, but they are still required to pay attention so information isn’t missed. It is important for students to have a good understanding of GCF, of both numbers and variables, before you move on to factoring.

Doctor Analysis Activity: A doctor analysis activity is like an error analysis, but with a twist. I recommend cutting out the individual “patient” cards and placing a few copies around the room. Students select a patient card and determine whether their patient is well (correct) or sick (incorrect). If the patient is sick, then they need to provide the correct answer to the question. This is a great way for students to show their understanding level of the concept. It is one thing to be able to factor a problem, but to determine where someone went wrong is an even bigger challenge.

Practice Worksheet: Students will complete the practice worksheet on factoring by the GCF. Students must first show that they can determine the GCF, then show their ability to factor. This worksheet can be given as an individual assignment or students could work with a partner or in a group.

Exit Slip: In the final minutes of the lesson, have student complete their exit slip. This can be completed on a worksheet, on a loose leaf sheet of paper or on the papers provided. This is a great way to assess the level of understanding for each student in the class.


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