Polynomial Lesson Plan
Adapted from http://www.unc.edu/math/Faculty/mdthomas/Unit%20Lesson%20Plan%20Final%20Paper%20David.pdf
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Polynomial Lesson Plan
Lesson Plan: multiplying polynomials
~At the start of class split them into groups and briefly explain the topic of this lesson. The
students should also be informed of the notes, whether they will be handed to them at the end of
class or whether they need to go online to get the notes themselves. Also hand out all the
materials need to make the posters for the presentations.
The students are to start by showing multiplication between integers, then variables, then integer
and a variable, then between a monomial and binomial, and then lastly they are to show the
multiplication between two binomials.
The teacher will provide a worksheet that is set up in this way.
The last part of the exercise the students have not seen before. Hopefully working their way from
the beginning of multiplication up to the multiplication of binomials they will be able to figure it
out. If not then try and direct the students in the right direction. [Try having them find 5*6 by
~The class should then present their findings. Ask the class if any of the groups got the last one
before calling on a group. If any of the groups say they think they got it call on them. Do this for
three to four groups, and only ask for them to show the last two examples. If none of the groups
have it right being a class discussion on the topic and try to get the students to figure it out. If the
students cannot figure out how to multiply two binomials together by ten minutes till the end of
class, being to lecture on the topic. Be sure to explain the FOIL (first, outside, inside, last)
method. Just don’t forget to hand out homework
(15mins - 25mins)
~If the students do figure out how to multiply them together give a round of examples and start
to hand out the homework. Don’t forget to mention the notes online if they are not being handed
out in class. If all groups were able to figure out the multiplication of the binomials, or for an
honors course, you can challenge them with multiplying a binomial and a trinomial.
Notes for Lesson 4:
Homework for Lesson 4:
Answer the questions below both in words and mathematical notation.
1.Is multiplying two binomials together, say (2x+1) and (x+2), a type of polynomial distribution?
If so, explain why?
Answer: Yes it is. Any type of polynomial multiplication is distribution.
When multiplying (2x+1) and (x+2) do you get another polynomial? If so, classify
the polynomial. Show what you get when you multiply the two together.
Answer: You get 2x2 +x +2, and yes this is another polynomial.
This polynomial is a quadratic trinomial.
3. How do you simplify (2x+1)2? Is this a type of multiplication? If so, find the answer.
Answer: Any square means to multiply the squared item by itself, so this is actually
This is multiplication and simplifies to (4x2 + 4x +1).
4. Is it possible to multiply (2x+1) and (2x2+x+1) together? Please explain why you think so and
provide a mathematical answer with it.
Answer: Yes it is possible and the answer is (4x3+2x2+2x2+2x+x+1) = 4x3 +4x2+3x+1
Goals: To teach students the concept of multiplying polynomials
Method: Discovery learning (allowing students to learn for themselves)
Materials: Worksheet with progressively more difficult multiplications, as outlined above.
Assessment: The students will be assessed based on the homework, and a quiz over this lesson
and the next lesson.
Time: 1 class period (50 minutes)
(Note: Lesson 4, page 21 of pdf)