Each day, students complete a Warmup that usually consists of spiraling the previous day's material, in addition to older material. Warm-up problems also sometimes extend lessons that students have encountered before to more unfamiliar contexts.
For a video narrative about how I structure each lesson, and how the warm-up fits in watch my Lesson Structure video.
In today's warm-up, I wanted to re-focus on standards that are outside of the 8th grade common core, but part of the Algebra I standards. The first two tasks should be quick, but the third task is meant to be a bit of a problem-solving exercise - and I like how the interleaving of different topics gets their brains going in the beginning of class.
The homework this evening provides students with an opportunity to advance their understanding of multiplying polynomials: