Successive Differences in Polynomials

Don't give your classes the third degree when working with polynomials! Teach them to recognize the successive differences and identify the degree of the polynomial. The lesson leads learners through a process to develop an understanding of the patterns that develop. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have individuals complete a linear, quadratic, and cubic example side by side and compare the patterns
  • Differentiate by varying the amount of support given during instruction; allow the highest level learners to explore patterns independently
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should have previous experience with sequences using both explicit and recursive patterns
  • Begins a 42-part algebra series
Pros

  • Provides ideas for scaffolding instruction when learners experience difficulties
  • Includes both an opener and exit ticket with solutions
Cons

  • None
Common Core