# 15 Fun Factoring Activities for Algebra

Looking for engaging factoring activities for your Algebra 1 or Algebra 2 classes? I’ve got you covered with 15 creative and hands-on activities for teaching factoring quadratics that I have used over the years with my math students.

## X Puzzles Review Game

I love using X Puzzles to introduce factoring trinomials. These puzzles are also known as sum and product puzzles since the goal of the puzzle is to find the two numbers that have a given sum and product.

## Factoring Trinomials Activity

In this Open Middle Style puzzle, students are challenged to use the digits 0-9 to fill in the squares. Each digit can be used only once.

## Factoring Quadratics Question Stack Activity

Question stacks are one of my favorite self-checking activities. This particular activity can be used both to practice multiplying binomials and factoring quadratics.

## ZERO Game to Introduce Factoring Quadratics

Created by Shaun Carter, the ZERO Game helps to motivate why it is important to be able to factor quadratics. I presented this as a “game day” after we had talked about vertex form of quadratics and standard form of quadratics and BEFORE we started factoring quadratics the next day. It was PERFECT!

## Factoring Trinomials with GCFs Question Stack Activity

This self-checking factoring question stack activity is similar to the one shared above, but this one requires students to sometimes factor out the GCF of the expression before factoring.

## Factoring Quadratics Practice Activity (When a = 1)

I used this factoring quadratics matching activity to help my students review factoring monic quadratics (when a = 1) before moving on to factoring non-monic quadratics.

## Shared Factors – A Quadratics Puzzle

Can you fill in the missing blanks so that each side of the square shares a factor with each of its neighboring sides?

## Quadratic Area Puzzles

Solving these quadratic area puzzles (inspired by Naoki Inaba) will require lots of factoring practice!

## Factoring Polynomials Square Puzzle Activity

This factoring polynomials square puzzle shared by Public Schools of North Carolina in their Resources for Algebra Blackline Masters collection is a great way to give students lots of practice with factoring quadratics!

## Factoring Quadratics Using the Box Method Foldable

Using the box method for factoring quadratics? Check out this foldable I created to remind students of the steps for factoring quadratics using the box method.

## Looking for Patterns in Factoring Trinomials

I always have my Algebra 1 students look for patterns before we begin factoring polynomials. Here’s a printable page I give them to glue in their interactive notebooks as a reference.

## Factoring Quadratics Graphic Organizers

I created these graphic organizers to remind students the steps for factoring quadratics. We filled these out and glued them in our algebra interactive notebooks.

## Factoring Polynomials Using the Box Method Directions

Not sure how to factor quadratics using the box method? This blog post will walk you step by step through the process.

## Factoring Flow Chart

This factoring flow chart has been really helpful to my students in the past.

## Factoring Quadratics Foldable

This factoring quadratics foldable can be used no matter what method of factoring trinomials you are teaching your students.

## More Resources for Teaching Quadratics

• 15 Fun Factoring Activities for Algebra
• Speedy Squares Activity for Quadratic Regression
• X Puzzles Review Game
• Quadratic Area Puzzles
• Factoring Puzzle for Quadratic Trinomials
• Shared Factors – A Quadratics Puzzle
• Factoring Quadratics Practice Activity (When a = 1)
• If the IRS had discovered the quadratic formula…
• Area Model Puzzles from Christie Bradshaw
• ZERO Game to Introduce Factoring Quadratics
• Vertex Form of a Quadratic Card Sort Activity
• Factoring Quadratics Foldable