Looking for engaging factoring activities for your Algebra 1 or Algebra 2 students? Check out these creative and hands-on factoring games and puzzles that will help make factoring fun!
Activities to Motivate and Prepare Students for Factoring
Looking to introduce students to the concept of factoring quadratics? This collection of activities will help students discover patterns and gain fluency with factoring.
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.
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!
I always have my Algebra 1 students look for patterns before we begin factoring polynomials. Check out a printable page I give them to glue in their interactive notebooks as a reference.
Activities for Practicing Factoring
Check out these hands-on activities to get students practice factoring polynomials! As an added bonus, many of these factoring quadratics activities are self-checking.
Question stacks are one of my favorite self-checking activities. This particular activity can be used both to practice multiplying binomials and factoring quadratics.
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.
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.
Puzzles Involving Factoring
These creative puzzles require students to know how to factor quadratics in order to solve the puzzles. I love using puzzles like this in my classroom because students end up factoring way more polynomials than they think they will in the process of solving the puzzle.
Can you fill in the missing blanks so that each side of the square shares a factor with each of its neighboring sides?
Solving these quadratic area puzzles (inspired by Naoki Inaba) will require lots of factoring practice!
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!
This type of puzzle is also known as a tarsia puzzle.
Factoring Graphic Organizers and Foldables
- Factoring Quadratics Using the Box Method Directions
- Factoring Quadratics Using the Box Method Foldable
- Factoring Quadratics Foldable
- Factoring Quadratics Graphic Organizers
- Factoring Flow Chart
More Resources for Teaching Quadratics
- Factoring Activities
- Speedy Squares Activity for Quadratic Regression
- X Puzzles Factoring 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