## Introducing Algebra Tiles to Students

We broke out the algebra tiles in Algebra 1 this week to learn how to multiply polynomials. My students had never seen algebra tiles, so first I had to teach them how they work. I tried four different ways of introducing algebra tiles, and I’m really happy with the fourth iteration of my intro to …

## Building and Naming Polynomials Activity

The idea for this building and naming polynomials activity started out like many of my ideas do. I start thinking about the topic I’m teaching, and I ask myself “What if…?” This week, the topic was polynomials, and the question I asked myself was “What if I could create some sort of puzzle for polynomials?” …

## Factoring Trinomials with GCFs Question Stack Activity

I wasn’t quite sure what to blog about today, so I started looking through my drafts folder in Blogger.  I ran across this post on a question stack I created for factoring trinomials during Algebra 1’s unit on polynomials. I first blogged about this activity in November of 2015.  Here’s the link to my original …

## Factoring Polynomials Using the Box Method Directions

I decided to put together a set of step-by-step directions for factoring polynomials using the box method. When I posted my interactive notebook pages for our Algebra 1 unit on Polynomials, I said that I was going to post step-by-step photographs of how to use the box method to factor polynomials.  Here’s that post. Begin …

## Adding and Subtracting Polynomials in Function Notation Question Stack Activity

My Algebra 1 students are currently working their way through our unit on polynomials.  We have new math standards in Oklahoma this year which has required me to change things up a bit.  In the past, my students needed to know how to add, subtract, multiply, and factor polynomials.  The new standards STILL have them …

## Factoring Quadratics Question Stack Activity

Today I want to share with you a factoring quadratics question stack activity that I created for my Algebra 2 students. This year, we got off to a very rough start with factoring polynomials in Algebra 2.  I had the brilliant idea that I would show my students how to factor using algebra tiles before …

## Dividing Polynomials Using the Box Method Activity

I could tell my Algebra 2 students still needed a lot of practice dividing polynomials using the box method, so I put together this activity. We did this activity the day after we completed our dividing polynomials using the box method foldable. I decided to devise some dividing polynomial jigsaw puzzles for my students to …

## Dividing Polynomials Using the Box Method Foldable

I want to share this dividing polynomials using the box method foldable that I created for my Algebra 2 students to work through and glue in their interactive notebooks. I’m excited to talk about one of my favorite things in the world with you here on my blog: dividing polynomials. I used to dread teaching …

## Multiplying Polynomials Using the Box Method Foldable

I created this set of notes for my Algebra 2 students over multiplying polynomials using the box method. In later years, I turned it into a multiplying polynomials using the box method foldable. I’ve been impatiently waiting since August to introduce my Algebra 2 students to the box method. I used the box method last …