Completing the Square (part 1)

Avoid the trap of memorizing steps when completing the square with a resources that provides a conceptual approach to completing the square. Learners that are able to recognize a perfect square trinomial are ready to complete the square.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask class members to use mini white boards to complete problems to check for understanding
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners must be proficient with factoring quadratics prior to this lesson
  • Be sure pupils are comfortable recognizing perfect square polynomials before attempting completing the square examples
  • Twelfth installment in a 26-part series
Pros

  • Approaches completing the square from a strategic scaffolding approach
  • Handouts, keys, and a detailed teacher guide are provided
  • Opener and exit ticket are included
Cons

  • None