Factoring puzzles for math squares help students reinforce their skills while keeping them entertained and engaged. The Web offers an assortment of virtual and printed puzzles that help familiarise students with the concept of factoring squares. These range from crossword puzzles to cut-and-match games (similar to dominoes) that are played with factoring problems instead of dots.
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Henri County Schools offers a factoring puzzle on its website. Students can print a pdf file from the site that has cards with squared expressions on both sides of them. Players must factor expressions to match equivalent expressions, and then make new 4 x 4 squares from the square cards.
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MakingMathFun has several factoring puzzles that can be played by groups of three to four students. Each group gets nine puzzle cards containing factoring questions and answers and the goal is to match the questions and answers to build a 3 x 3 square from nine puzzle pieces. Several different factoring puzzles with printable cards are available on this site. One puzzle requires the solution of the greatest common factor, another highlights the difference of squares and another incorporates trinomials.
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