# ZERO Game to Introduce Factoring Quadratics

I used Shaun Carter’s ZERO! Game with great success to motivate factored form of 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 for an Early Release Friday with shortened, 40 minute periods.

I noticed a HUGE difference between how my Pre-AP Algebra 2 classes and my on-level Algebra 2 classes tackled the strategy aspect of the game.

If you’re not familiar with the game, students must pick a card. A random number generator is used to generate an integer between -5 and 6, inclusive.

If that number causes a student’s card to evaluate to ZERO, the student’s team earns a point. The strategy comes in from the fact that a team may earn a maximum of one point from any single turn.

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1. Anonymous says:

2. Math4Titans says:

How do yo play ZAP? It looks interesting!

3. Mr. Math says:

Can you explain how ZAP works?

4. Unknown says:

How do you play ZAP! Looks so fun!

5. Lori says:

Thank you for sharing the game ideas for Algebra 2! It's helpful to find engaging games for high school math students. Please share more on how to play ZAP, thanks!