Did you know that US President John Quincy Adams owned a pet alligator which he kept in the East Room of the White House?
"Mashup" recipes are popular now so this is my version of a Presidential Fun Fact/Factoring Trinomials "Mashup" Activity where your students will learn something unusual about a President while factoring simple trinomials. (a=1).
174 different trinomials are printed on cards. Each card has a US President listed on the bottom. Binomial Answers are printed on another set of cards. These cards have the Presidential Fun Fact written on the bottom. Each correct Trinomial factored will present your students with an interesting Presidential Fun Fact.
If FOIL practice is needed, you can distribute Binomials and have students find the answer that is the trinomial. Fact given first, then the President's name is revealed.
Cards are easy to print and cut. 2 cards per worksheet. Worksheets can be stacked and multiple cards can be cut at one time. Trinomials are printed on the left and binomial factors are on the right for easy separation.
An answer key is provided as well as a student worksheet that can be turned in.
I've learned a lot of fun tidbits about our Presidents as a result of putting this activity together and I hope you and your students enjoy it.
There are several ways to implement the cards, one of the ideas that I had involved passing out the trinomials first. Allow time for students to factor, then pass out the answer cards. Allow students to circulate, trading answer cards until all have their correct matches.
These cards would also be great if you had a small group who needed extra practice with factoring and/or simplifying using FOIL.
Also useful for a Math Center.