This special products patterns help sheet is perfect to use when first teaching special products patterns or reviewing the concept. I created this when I realized how difficult it is for some students to apply the patterns (which are written with variables) to examples with numbers. The color coordination helps students visualize the product patterns. The colored boxes should be filled with the appropriate a or b values and require no further calculations. The colored parenthesis should be filled with the appropriate value, but may require some calculations before the expression can be written in simplest form. I encourage students to place the help sheets in sheet protectors where they can use them over and over again with dry erase markers. Students can write the values in the boxes then transfer their answers onto paper. Some students use the help sheet for a few problems until they get the gist of the process; other students continue to use it, even as we go into new chapters. Definitely a great tool for students!!!
Included in this download:
-Special Products Patterns Help Sheet (Full Color)
-Special Products Patterns Help Sheet (Black and White)