Math = Love: INB Pages for Algebra 1 Unit on Polynomials

Thursday, March 16, 2017

INB Pages for Algebra 1 Unit on Polynomials

Since Algebra 1 is finished with polynomials, I thought I should share our interactive notebook pages for the unit.  

Each unit starts with a divider.  You can read more about these dividers here.  

The other side of the divider contains the SBG skills for the unit.

Here's a close-up of the skill list.

I've already blogged about these first few notebook pages in a post on introducing polynomials.  Keep scrolling, and you'll find some new pages that I haven't blogged about before!

Polynomial Frayer Model

Polynomial or Not? Shading Activity

Parts of a Polynomial Vocab Book

Practicing our new vocabulary:

Naming Polynomials Chart

Naming Polynomials Practice Sheet

Adding and Subtracting Polynomials (Using Function Notation)

Box Method for Multiplying Polynomials

Factoring out the GCF of a Polynomial

I always have my Algebra 1 students look for patterns before we begin factoring polynomials.

Notes for Factoring Quadratics Using the Box Method:

I took some step-by-step pictures while writing out these notes to help explain the process.  Those will have to be another post since this one is getting so long!

Yay for polynomials!

Files are uploaded here.  (It seems that the multiplying polynomials notes are on my school computer.  I will have to upload them when I get back to school after Spring Break!)


  1. Yay for Sarah Carter!! thank you for all the time and attention you put into your blog.

  2. Thanks for this post. Can I ask if you have an answer to a common question that students ask, but they especially ask when starting to learn about polynomials? They ask, "What's the point? When will I ever need this?" I have a answer that I give them, but I'm wondering if you have anything better...Also, why are we learning to multiply and then to undo the multiplying? (or actually, they ask why are we "FOIL"ing and un"FOIL"ing because that's what they learn polynomial multiplication as...)

    1. This is the age old question that I wish I had an answer to but don't :( Every time I think I've come up with a good answer, I try it out with students and it doesn't impact them the way I hoped.

  3. Speaking of Polynomials, I just made a Memory game for naming polynomials. They had to match the name to an example, and there were two of each type such as linear binomial or cubic trinomial. It went over really well! It's so exciting when they love something you up time and effort into creating.

    1. Love the idea of a memory game! Stealing the idea for next year!

  4. Gracias señora Sarah Carter le sigo desde Perú y me parece un buen blog.Amo todo lo que publica. Gracias por compartir.

  5. Hello,
    I am in awe of all that you do and the kindness you show to all teachers through your sharing.
    I appreciate all that you share with us; sharing these files is beyond kind.
    Thank you so much!

  6. Thank you for sharing! This is my first year teaching Algebra and your resources are extremely helpful.


    I took a minute and turned the card stack into a Desmos card sort! If you ever need it! :) It's all your info/designs, just pushed into that format. Thank you so much for sharing all that you do. It makes a world of difference to this new teacher!!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing. I made your content into videos to try and flip this unit with my students. I was so overwhelmed by the idea of doing it but the way you laid out your materials made it easier for me to try. Thank you again for being open to sharing!