This activity can be given to one student, a pair of students, or a group of students to give them additional practice with factoring quadratic expressions. The 16 cards can be cut apart and students put the puzzle back together by matching the sides of the squares. This activity has two puzzles. The one is simplified by removing the extra equations from the outside edges of the puzzle. The other puzzle contains equations along the outside, but those equations do not match with any of the other edges.
Check the puzzle by looking for a phrase to be spelled out.
1. One puzzle would have answers on every edge of every piece.
2. One puzzle would have not answers or questions along the outside edges of the puzzle.
3. Replace the four corners only of the puzzle 1 and leave all the other pieces in place. This will make it easier for students to locate the four corners.
4. Replace the 8 outside middle pieces from puzzle 1 with the 8 outside middle pieces of puzzle 2. This will make it easier than puzzle 1.
Since the two 16 piece puzzles have the same questions you can make these switches between the two puzzles to differentiate the lesson.
This product uses different expressions from the 20 card set.
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Match the Squares - Factoring Quadratic Expressions - 16 or 20 Cards available in my store.