This is a group activity for an Algebra 2 or PreCalculus class, in which students (in groups of 3) take turns playing the role of "teacher", "student", and "expert".
Prep Work: Each sheet of cards should be printed out on a different piece of colored paper, cut and sorted into 3 stacks per group. When making stacks, rotate the roles of "teacher", "student", and "expert" so that each participant takes turns with each role.
How It Works: Each student will have a different part to the same polynomial. The “teacher” will explain the procedures to the “student”: how to factor, find the zeros and their multiplicity, and how to graph (considering end behavior and multiplicity). The “student” is to interpret the instructions of the “teacher” and put the work on a work page provided. The “student” is not to move ahead of the “teacher”. The “expert” has all the answers and should act as a silent observer to make sure all procedures are done correctly. If the “expert” notices a mistake on the part of the “teacher” or “student”, they should intervene and help the “teacher” deliver the correct information. When a problem is finished the group should move onto the next problem, until all cards are done.