FACTORING A DIFFERENCE OF SQUARES LESSON PLAN FOR ALGEBRA 2
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FACTORING UNIT

Description: When are we ever going to use this? is the question many students ask during a typical factoring unit. This unit provides a hands-on, real-world, inquiry-based approach to factoring. Enjoy!

Objectives: To teach factoring the greatest common factor, trinomials, and difference of squares through hands-on activities while promoting discovery, inquiry, and real-world application.

FACTORING UNIT OVERVIEW

 Real World Examples Day Topic Materials* Files to Download Hot tubs, Square Footage 1 Greatest Common Factor Graph Paper Colored Pencils Greatest Common Factor.doc Rectangles 2 Trinomials ( + )( + ) Algebra Tiles Factoring Trinomials1 Rectangles 3 Trinomials ( + )( - ) Algebra Tiles Factoring Trinomials2 Ball Toss 4 Quadratic Graphs On CBRs Calculator-Based Rangers, beech balls, TI-83s What Goes Up lesson plan, worksheets 1-4 Business 5 Quadratic Graphs on TI-83s TI-83s, view screen, Algebra Tiles Factoring with Algebra Tiles and the TI-83 Free Fall 6 Trinomials, mixed signs Algebra Tiles Factoring Trinomials3 Stunt Man 7 Trinomials, Leading Coefficient not 1 Algebra Tiles Factoring Trinomials 4 Football 8 Football Football Factoring Puzzle 9 50 piece puzzles, prizes Factoring is a Puzzle 10 Review Game Prizes Review Game Rectangles 11 Difference of Squares Algebra Tiles Difference of Squares.doc Squares 12 Perfect Square Trinomials Algebra Tiles Perfect Square Trinomials.doc

* materials available from PRISM

Illinois Learning Standards:

 Early High School 8.B.4a Represent algebraic concepts with physical materials, words, diagrams, tables, graphs, equations and inequalities and use appropriate technology. 8.B.4b Use the basic functions of absolute value, square root, linear, quadratic and step to describe numerical relationships. 8.D.4 Formulate and solve linear and quadratic equations and linear inequalities algebraically and investigate nonlinear inequalities using graphs, tables, calculators and computers.

Subject Area: Algebra I, Algebra Part II, parts applicable to Algebra II