Multiplying and Factoring Polynomial Expressions (part 1)

Polynomial multiplication and factoring go hand in hand. Why not teach them together. This resource begins with an area model for distributing a monomial and then connects the process to factoring the GCF. Learners then advance to multiplying binomials and make connections to factoring. Multiplying is continually reinforced with the process of factoring. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Adopt the resource to introduce multiplication of binomials and how the process relates to factoring
  • Use board work to allow for frequent checks for understanding
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson may need to be expanded to more than one class period depending on the level of pupils' knowledge
  • Background knowledge should include factoring a GCF, factoring trinomials, and monomial multiplication
  • The first lesson in a 26-part series
Pros

  • A well-designed lesson that scaffolds the process of multiplying polynomials effectively
  • Handouts, keys, and a detailed teacher guide are provided
  • Exit ticket and opener are included
Cons

  • None