The Multiplication of Polynomials

If you can multiply multi-digit integers, you can multiply polynomials. Learners use an area model to compare multiplying numbers to multiplying polynomials. They progress to using the distributive property. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners complete exercises one and two using both the area model and the distributive property; then have them compare methods
  • Use practice problems for board work to check for understanding
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should be comfortable with using the distributive property prior to the lesson
  • The second in a series of 42 lessons
Pros

  • Provides detailed teaching notes with scaffolding strategies
  • Includes answer keys for opener, exit ticket, and practice problems
Cons

  • None