Adding and Subtracting Polynomials

Need a unique approach to adding and subtracting polynomials? A helpful math lesson approaches the concept by relating polynomials to base 10. It encourages pupils to see each term as having a specific value, and therefore, they should only combine those with the same place value.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the lesson to introduce adding and subtracting polynomials
  • Incorporate guided practice throughout to check for understanding
Classroom Considerations

  • Background knowledge of place value and evaluating an expression is necessary

  • The approach gives high schoolers an understanding of value of like terms
  • Focus is on understanding rather than memorizing a process

  • None
Common Core