Reflection: Student Ownership Factoring Trinomials - Section 1: Launch

 

When it comes to polynomials, students often struggle with the terminology.  I wanted to give students time to process the idea of factoring and multiplying and make sense of what each meant.  When I asked student to consider the statements "Multiplying is like..." and "Factoring is like..." I received some really interesting responses:

Multiplying polynomials is like...

legos

construction worker

bricks

glue

 

Factoring polynomials is like...

scissors

sledgehammer

taking legos apart

bulldozer

demolition

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Factoring Trinomials

Unit 4: Polynomial Expressions
Lesson 13 of 18

Objective: SWBAT factor a quadratic trinomial expression.

Big Idea: This lesson will help students extend their understanding of multiplying and factoring to polynomial expressions.

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