# ALEX Lesson Plan

## Color this Polynomial Simplified

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 Author: Elizabeth Thompson System: Blount County School: Blount County Board Of Education The event this resource created for: GEMS
General Lesson Information
 Lesson Plan ID: 23833 Title: Color this Polynomial Simplified Overview/Annotation: This lesson helps students of all levels visualize the process of polynomial simplification and replicate it with ease. Three alternate forms of assessment are given to accomodate any school's level of technology (Podcasting. Powerpoints or Poster Presentations). This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Associated Standards and Objectives
Content Standard(s):

Local/National Standards:

NCTM: Algebra: Represent and analyze mathematical situations and structures using algebraic symbols Problem Solving: apply and adapt a variety of appropriate strategies to solve problems. Communication: organize and consolidate their mathematical thinking through communication; communicate their mathematical thinking coherently and clearly to peers, teachers, and others

Primary Learning Objective(s):

The student will learn to identify like terms in a polynomial expression. The student will learn to simplify the polynomial expression.

Students will explore a method of communication that is becoming more popular in our global society (addressing communication as a societal issue).

Preparation Information
 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 lab-time if the bonus assignment is used (or assign it for homework). Have an area to display student work.
Procedures/Activities:
 1.)Print a copy of the PowerPoint notepages to view teacher notes during presentation. View the PowerPoint prior to class (note 'fly-ins'). 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/Dry-erase board or overhead, quicky offer a sample of what the student will be expected to simplify at the end of the lesson (1-2 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 2-3. Give each group a challenging problem to be solved (see attachement - Polynomial Assignment Options).

 Attachments:**Some files will display in a new window. Others will prompt you to download. Color this Polynomial Simplified.ppt Polynomial Assignment options.rtf
Assessment
 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 multi-step 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.