Total Duration: 
91 to 120 Minutes 
Materials and Resources: 
Colored Pencils/Crayons for entire class Worksheets of increasing difficulty for practice. Samples of completed problems (enlarged to hang around the room) If an overhead projector is used: Colored markers and/or squared of transparent colored film will be needed. If Posterboard Project is chosen: Posterboard will be needed. 
Technology Resources Needed: 
Interwrite Board (Dry Erase Board or Overhead Projector works fine) Sample problems on computer (or transparency for overhead) Podcasting equipment (if this method of assessment is chosen) MS Paint/ Computer access (if an alternate method of assessment is chosen 
Background/Preparation: 
Scan or type sample problems of increasing difficulty to use with your Interwrite board (or create a transparency). Practice worksheets (increasing difficulty). Watch the PowerPoint and print notespages. Colored pencils/crayons available for all students Reserve labtime if the bonus assignment is used (or assign it for homework). Have an area to display student work. 
1.)Print a copy of the PowerPoint notepages to view teacher notes during presentation. View the PowerPoint prior to class (note 'flyins'). 2.)View the web attachments: (1) An intro to podcasts , (2) Podcasting in the classroom . Two alternate forms of assessment are offered in the 'Polynomial Assessment' attachment for schools with different levels of technology. 3.)In Class: Explain the objective (to simplify polynomials). Using an Interwrite Pad/Dryerase board or overhead, quicky offer a sample of what the student will be expected to simplify at the end of the lesson (12 days). This approach typically makes students receptive to an outlined method (offered in the PowerPoint). 4.)Use the PowerPoint sample ‘Color this Polynomial Simplified’ to explain the visualization process. 5.)Using your Interwrite Board (or overhead), open some sample problems. Use the highlight function to shade over like terms increasing the difficulty level with each problem and allowing students to help you through the process. 6.)Pass out sample problems (worksheet) and give students time to practice. 7.)After the completion of multiple problems, the students should be able to forgo the color process. 8.)Homework/Lab Assignment: Place students into groups of 23. Give each group a challenging problem to be solved (see attachement  Polynomial Assignment Options). 
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Assessment Strategies 
Tradiational grades (right/wrong) can be used on practice worksheets. Rubrics are provided for the alternative assessments (Podcasting, PowerPoint and/or Poster Project). See the attachment. 
Acceleration: 
Students can apply this concept to solving multistep equations (a new concept). 
Intervention: 
Use a calculator for adding/subtracting integers within the Polynomial to be simplified. Review operations on integers (add, subtract, multiply and divide). 
View the Special Education resources for
instructional guidance in providing modifications and adaptations
for students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the Alabama Alternate Assessment.
