During this three-day stations activity, students work cooperatively in groups of four to learn how to add, subtract, and multiply monomials and polynomials, how to solve polynomial equations, and review how to determine the degree of a polynomial (taught the previous day). Ten stations have been created so that there is always an open station for groups to move to.
This activity works best if 18 wooden die are purchase, and the monomials and polynomials given for each station are written on the side of each die. However, another option would be to print out and laminate the file included, and have students draw cards to create their problems.
Before starting students in groups on the stations, use the Polynomial Computation Intro document to allow students to try similar problems in a whole-class setting. This gives the teacher time to address common mistakes such as adding non-like terms and only adding exponents when multiplying.
Included in the file is a form that groups complete by writing and solving four problems at every station. (Even groups of three should complete four questions so as not to finish significantly before other groups.) For accountability, choose one problem from each station to grade, and inform students ahead of time that the work of their teammates will contribute to their group-grade. At the end is a group summary where students reflect on what they have learned and what they still have questions about. When the stations are complete, I give students a copy of the stations to add to their notes.
Also included in the file is a twelve-question understanding check to be completed individually. This gives the teacher the opportunity to determine who truly understands the material and who was leaning on the assistance of their teammates.
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