Puzzle: Factoring Trinomials

Factoring Puzzle

My high school class ended the year with a review of multiplying and factoring simple polynomials. We played this matching game, and then I gave them a puzzle worksheet. I liked this idea, but I didn’t like the decoded answer. In my opinion, puzzles should give the student a “reward” for solving them — maybe a joke or riddle or something — but that answer seemed almost like nagging.

So I changed things around to make my own version:

More Fun with Factoring

Here are some other blog posts and resources you may find helpful:


[Photo is a very old math joke, passed around in multiple emails and forum posts. If you know where it originated, please tell me, so I can give credit.]

10 thoughts on “Puzzle: Factoring Trinomials

  1. Wow! This is a fabulous list! I am nowhere near teaching something like this yet, but when I am I’ll be checking this post out again!

    Thank you!

  2. Is there an answer sheet i’m trying to grade but i have to many papers and i keep losing my answer sheet

    1. Sorry, Jesse! I didn’t make an answer sheet, but this worksheet is not supposed to need grading. If the quote makes sense, then the students must have gotten the right answers. Knowing kids, they may skip a few problems at the end (playing Wheel of Fortune), but they will have worked enough to get some solid practice.

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