Colouring by Factoring _ Buzz (20 Worksheet Collaborative Math Mosaic)

Highly Engaging!! Students practice common factoring, simple and complex trinomial factoring, and difference of squares factoring to decode the colour key needed to colour their section of the large 20-section Buzz Lightyear mosaic.

Every student has a different worksheet! The end result will look spectacular hanging up in your classroom :) This makes a great unit summary, test-prep review, or prerequisite review for higher grades.

INCLUDED: (in both .docx and .pdf format)
◾ Class set of 20 worksheets (all different!) that combine to create the Buzz mosaic
◾ Complete answer key, giving factored answers for all worksheets (easy assessment)
◾ Teaching Tips page for smooth implementation in your class
◾ Coloured mosaic guide for easy assembly
◾ Scrambled answers list at the bottom of each students worksheet, allowing for self assessment.
◾List of the type of factoring problem assigned to each colour

INVOLVED: Students factor 12 expressions including:
◾numeric common factor from a linear expression
◾numeric and variable common factor from a quadratic binomial
◾difference of squares binomial factoring
◾simple and complex (decomposition required) trinomial quadratic factoring
◾simple and complex quadratic trinomials with a numeric common factor to take out first

It's simple!
1. Calculate the answers.
2. Colour the squares.
3. Cut out your section.
4. Combine with the class!

The student buy-in factor is HUGE with these worksheets; they all want to see the finished picture come together! High school students love colouring too!

Leave the picture a secret or show it for motivation… it’s your call.

Encourage students to check their answers by finding them in the randomized list on their worksheet before they colour each square. This will increase the accuracy of the final picture!

All my collaborative math mosaics use standard pencil-crayon colours found in the Crayola 24 pack. For best results, use the exact colour name match, colour darkly, and stick to one colouring medium (i.e. don't mix crayons with markers with pencil crayons...). Perhaps a class set of pencil crayons would be a fun math department investment!

If your class size doesn’t line up with 20, no worries! If you have a small class, in my experience, students are eager to do additional sheets to complete the picture! (Or you could use the answer key to have students colour the missing pieces quickly.) If your class is large, you could hand out duplicate sheets to those less likely to appreciate the colouring component of the task ;)

Feedback, suggestions, and frontline stories are always welcomed!

To infinity and beyond!
~CalfordMath (



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