Give your students an engaging cooperative activity to introduce or practice their factoring skills! All types of factoring are included: basic trinomials, trinomials a not equal to 1, grouping, difference of squares, GCF, and even a sum of cubes and a bonus combo.
Student Directions: Factor each of the 13 polynomials (P1, P2, P3, etc.). Find your factors among the lettered cards (A, B, C, etc.). Each factor will be used only once. Record your letter answers on this paper and check your answers by multiplying the factors on the back of this sheet.
Single-side copy the polynomial cards on colored paper (pages 1 and 2) and double side copy the answer key / work page (pages 3 and 4) on white paper. Cut up the colored paper (or have your students do it) and put the cards in zip lock bags. Do the activity yourself first (as the teacher this shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes or so). Check your answers (answer key provided).
The day you use the activity, get the students in groups of two or three or four (how to do this depends on your objective – are you using this activity to review, introduce the concept of factoring, etc.) and give each group one set of cards and one white paper for recording answers. I would also ask students to have out notebook paper and pencils. You know your students and your classroom procedures best, so think about what kinds of alternate / additional directions, etc. you will need. I tend to walk around and question my students as they are working but I try very hard to not answer their questions but to point out how they can check their work. Sometimes I give every group a white index card (surrender card) where they can ask for one “cheat” in the grid. It just depends on my students and far into the material we are when they do the activity.
Ideas for differentiated instruction…
For lower level students:
-put some of the letter answers in the grid on the white sheet
-have them do only half of the problems (remove the factors they will not use)
For higher level students:
-give more bonus problems
-set a time limit
Easy to grade! Hard work and yet fun for the students!
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