Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Factoring Day 1 of 2 - Section 1: Opening

 

Students have already seen the first few problems in this task, but I really like how this activity has students go from binomials to standard form first and then asks them work backwards.  I have found this approach to factoring and the context of the quilt squares to be extremely helpful in getting students to see the structure of quadratics in the two forms. 

  Working Forward and Then Backward
  Staircase of Complexity: Working Forward and Then Backward
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Factoring Day 1 of 2

Unit 4: Quadratics!
Lesson 12 of 18

Objective: SWBAT understand how to solve factored quadratic equations by understanding the zero product rule. SWBAT distinguish between quadratic equations that are not factorable and still have x-intercepts with those that do not have x-intercepts.

Big Idea: Students develop an intuitive method to solve quadratic equations by factoring.

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