Reflection: High Quality Task Polynomials and Factor by Grouping - Section 2: Partner Activity


After introducing students to the lesson with the Warm Up, I like to provide some activity where the student interacts with the objective. Usually this is in a collaborative setting, which may be with a Partner, or a small group.  

The students enjoyed the Card Activity in this Lesson I think because there was an actual winner.  It was more than just trying to match the cards.  It also made each student participate to contribute the cards, and every student had to try to factor each Polynomial.

Factoring Polynomials is a difficult skill for students to master.  Most of the time, it takes more time beyond the Algebra I curriculum for this to happen.  However, I do believe that students will get better with practice and interacting with other students who may factor better than they do.

  Interacting with the Objective
  High Quality Task: Interacting with the Objective
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Polynomials and Factor by Grouping

Unit 7: Polynomial Operations and Applications
Lesson 8 of 9

Objective: SWBAT factor four terms of a Polynomial using the Factor by Grouping method and apply it to finding the dimensions of a garden.

Big Idea: To observe that Factoring by Grouping can be used for Difference of Squares, and Factoring Trinomials, but must be the method used to factor four terms.

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Algebra, Math, Polynomial and Rational Functions, factor by grouping, Difference of Squares, factoring polynomials, Applied to all Polynomials, Quadratic Trinomials, Dimensions of a Garden, Real World application problem
  50 minutes
strawberry garden
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