I had blogged

last Thursday that I thought my Algebra 2 students would do pretty well on their factoring assessment on Friday. Guess I shouldn't count my chickens before they hatch... It's not that they did badly, for they didn't, but they didn't do as well as I had hoped and expected. I really want them to have a solid factoring foundation as we proceed through the year. A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to take the math placement test that many colleges use to decide where students place into college mathematics. One of the biggest things that struck me was how many problems used factoring as a part of the process in solving the problem. Now that I have seen that, I want to make sure my students have that solid foundation in factoring. I decided that I would hand back their assessments on Monday and then set them up into groups of 4 (and some 3s) to work through 6 stations for 5 minutes a piece.

Here are the 6 stations:

**Station 1 - Correct their Assessment**
I have set the groups up so that at least one person has mastery of factoring (or very close if I didn't have enough in a class). I want them to actually rework the problem(s) they have missed so they can figure out what they did wrong.

**Station 2 - Multiplying Polynomials**
I used something I found in the

Row Games Box Files I have access to. I have adjusted it for time.

## 5 comments:

I love your stations. Thank you so much for sharing. I will be adding a link back to your post from my website. http://algebra1teachers.com

Thanks again

All of these activities are great. I'm going to try a couple with my Algebra 2s once we get to factoring...we're stuck on graphing quadratics right now :/

Thanks for sharing. I was attempting to help my little brother with his factoring homework last night. It did not go well.I wish I would have know these tips were available.

Yeah! Thanks for posting...I don't know why I am just seeing this now, oh wait, it's because my g-reader was well over 350 for a VERY long time! I am glad some of the activities helped and I love your stations! Thanks for the shout out!

I realize how old this post is, but I wanted to thank you for putting so many good factoring resources out there. I just finished the unit, but I wasn't 100% pleased with how my students did. I'm going to take a few minutes each day this week to do one of the activities so we can continue to review our weakest areas. Thank you!

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