Valentine's Day activity for math class! In this Valentine's Day-themed activity, students practice factoring quadratic trinomials. Students travel in pairs to eight stations as they practice factoring quadratic trinomials. There is one station that has trinomials where a=1, and in all other cases "a" does not equal 1. There are two stations that require factoring out a greatest common factor of 2.
-You can either set up the 8 stations at groups of desks or tape the stations to the walls around the room. Either way keep the images that are alike together.
-Pair students up. Assign one partner to be “A” and one to be “B.” They should record their assignment in the top right hand corner of their workspace.
-Students travel to each station as a pair. They each complete one problem based on their letter assignment. Although they are each factoring a different expression, they can check to see if they are correct because, in factored form, they should have one matching binomial factor.
-Students neatly copy the original problem and show their work in the stations workspace.
-Once they determine the factored form and confirm their result shares a matching factor with their partner’s factored form, then they check the key to find that answer and write the corresponding letter in the small box in the right hand corner of the workspace.
-Students continue to go to all 8 stations. You can either allow students to move freely around the room in any order or set a timer and have students all rotate at the same time. Each station should take about 2-3 minutes.
-In the end, they should unscramble the letters to find the mystery word. They share this mystery word with you to confirm that their work is complete. The mystery word is FEBRUARY. I allow those students who finish first to help other students complete the activity.
Included in this product:
-8 stations (each with 2 trinomials)
-2-page answer key
-2-page Teacher's Guide with CCSS, objectives, materials, and procedure
Happy Valentine's Day! Hope your students enjoy this Valentine's Day Math Activity as much as mine do!
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