Unit 3 was a weird one for Algebra 2. I wanted to cover exponential functions right after linear functions to see if teaching y=a+bx actually helped my students to graph y=a(b)^x. I also needed to review exponent rules with my students before we could move onto quadratic functions, radical functions, or logarithmic functions. And, I also needed to make sure that my students were solid on the distributive property, combining like terms, and factoring before we got any further into the semester. So, I sort of combined all of these into a hodgepodge Unit 3.

Unit 3 Table of Contents - I apologize for the fact that this was not up-to-date when I took the picture. Oops... |

Exponential Functions Frayer Model |

Exponent Rules |

Ms. Hagan's Book of Exponent Rules worked so well with my Algebra 1 students that I decided to try it out with my Algebra 2 students. |

Parts of a Power and Unwritten Exponents |

Exponent Rules for Like Bases |

Negative and Zero Exponents |

Naming Polynomials Graphic Organizer |

Combining Like Terms and the Distributive Property Foldable - Outside |

Combining Like Terms and The Distributive Property Foldable - Inside |

Introduction to Factoring Notes |

I used the same factoring graphic organizers with my Algebra 2 kiddos that I used with my Algebra 1 kids. You can read more about my approach to factoring this year here.

Factoring Quadratic Trinomials when a=1 |

Factoring Quadratic Trinomials when a>1 |

Factoring Difference of Squares |

PDF Templates to Download:

Unit Table of Contents (PDF)

Sarah, you are amazing. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all your posts and the MANY wonderful ideas and resources that you share. You are making my first year teaching Algebra 2 so much better!! Thank you!!!

ReplyDeleteYou are very welcome! Thank you so much for your kind words!

DeleteLogistics question for you: do you fill out your INB page while students are completing theirs, or do you have it pre-filled in? And, do you have a document camera?

ReplyDeleteI have a document camera. But, I usually only use it to demonstrate calculator keystrokes. I usually make a version of the graphic organizer or foldable that I fill out on the Smart Board. I write it as I ask the students to write it.

DeleteThis is wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and materials!

ReplyDeleteThank you! You are very welcome!

DeleteI used X-puzzles to teach Algebra 1 factoring today. It was fantastic! Thank you for your ideas and your willingness to share them.

ReplyDeleteGlad to hear the X-puzzles worked out well for you!

DeleteSooo, I used the difference of squares organizer today! And while I was at it, I used your example on it too, and I totally forgot to factor out the GCF (9) at the beginning!!! I'm terrible at remembering that (my biggest algebra weakness), but I love the whole set of factoring graphic organizers you shared. :)

ReplyDeleteI have a tendency to forget that too in the midst of teaching! I need to do a better job of making my graphic organizers emphasize that.

DeleteLove your blog! My students are loving the "slide, divide, bottoms up", thanks for your work. :)

ReplyDeleteGlad it worked for your students! Thanks for sharing!

DeleteHey Sarah,

ReplyDeleteI'm hoping to use some of your notes pages, but I can't see the downloads for the PDF documents anymore. Can you help me out? I'm hoping to use the ones for factoring! Thanks!

Sorry about that! Here's a searchable link of all my files. The site that hosts my files has been having issues. :( https://app.box.com/s/abl3ycndkyzb7jcujpdf

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ReplyDeleteI figured it out. You reduce the fractions and then do bottoms up. I have never seen this method before but really like using it. My students have also picked up on it quickly.

DeleteGlad you figured it out!

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