Benchmark Instructional Guide
Connecting Benchmarks/Horizontal Alignment
Terms from the K-12 Glossary
Purpose and Instructional Strategies
In grade 6, students learned to write the sum of two composite whole numbers that have a common factor, as a common factor multiplied by the sum of two whole numbers. In grade 7, students applied the properties of operations to add and subtract linear expressions with rational coefficients and determine if two linear expressions are equivalent. In grade 8, students rewrite the sum of two algebraic expressions having a common monomial factor as a common factor multiplied by the sum of two algebraic expressions. In Algebra 1, students will extend this learning to divide a polynomial by a monomial and to rewrite a polynomial expression as a product of polynomials by using a common factor.
- This benchmark is a foundational benchmark for work with the distributive property and factoring in more complex problems.
- Instruction begins with whole number coefficients to ensure students understand the process first. Then, move to rational number values (MTR.3.1).
- Instruction includes a review of common factors of two numbers (MA.6.NSO.3.2) so students can show understanding of the first step before applying it to the work of this benchmark.
- Instruction includes a review of the order of operations when working with multi-step problems (MTR.3.1).
- Instruction includes having expressions with more than one variable.
- For example, 24² + 8 can be rewritten as 8(3 + 1).
- Emphasize properties of operations to determine equivalence when rewriting the expressions. Use manipulatives such as algebra tiles to represent the distributive property of multiplication over addition (MTR.2.1).
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- Area Models
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Common Misconceptions or Errors
- Students may incorrectly apply the rules of integer arithmetic.
- Students may incorrectly apply the Laws of Exponents.
- Students may incorrectly change the degree of a variable in order to simplify terms.
- Students may incorrectly factor out only one of the terms from the parentheses.
- For example, in 18³ + 3², students may incorrectly factor it to 3²(6 + 3²).
Strategies to Support Tiered Instruction
- When factoring algebraic expressions, the teacher will provide instruction to review the process for finding greatest common factor (GCF) of two numbers before attempting to factor algebraic expressions. Once students understand the process of finding factors, more specifically the GCF, the teacher will provide instruction on factoring variables with and without exponents.
- Teacher models how to expand the degrees of variables to better understand what they truly have in common.
- For example, if the expression was 54 + 10²³, it would be expanded as 5 + 10. Now that the expression is expanded, students can identify what variables each term has in common. This example shares two ’s and one . Knowing this, students are able to find the GCF of 5 & 10, and finish factoring the expression.
- Instruction includes breaking up expressions to compare similar portions will help students focus on each step of factoring the algebraic expressions.
- For example, when factoring 36² + 42², the expression should be broken up to factor as 36 & 42, ² & , & ².
- Once students understand how to factor each portion of the expression individually, teachers model how to “remove” the common factor from each portion of the expression, and how to use what is left over.
Instructional Task 1 (MTR.2.1)
Tammy is designing seating around a new fire pit for her outdoor patio. One of the fire pit designs is a regular octagon with a side length of
. The other design is a regular hexagon with a side length of 12 −
- Part A. Find the perimeter of the regular octagon fire pit.
- Part B. Find the perimeter of the regular hexagon fire pit.
- Part C. Write an expression with the fewest number of terms to show the difference between the perimeters of the two fire pits.
- Part D. Rewrite an equivalent expression from Part C as a common factor multiplied by the sum of two algebraic expressions.
Instructional Item 1
For each expression shown, determine an equivalent expression written as a common factor multiplied by the sum of two algebraic expressions.
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b. −24 − 36
*The strategies, tasks and items included in the B1G-M are examples and should not be considered comprehensive.