Tes Maths ROTW: Expanding bracket spiders

Craig Barton
02nd May 2017

Tes Maths Resource of the Week

Resource title: Expanding bracket spiders

Resource author: alutwyche

What is it?

Despite being a bit of an arachnophobe, I'm a huge fan of these spider-themed worksheets, which gets pupils practising expanding and factorising brackets, as well as spotting patterns and making connections.​

Students are challenged to complete each spider by filling out the missing boxes. The sheets progress steadily in difficulty, starting with basic double bracket expansion and working up to factorising tricky quadratics. 

How can it be used?

Whether you've only just introduced brackets or are looking for student-friendly revision exercises, these worksheets are ideal. Encouraging learners to discuss the trickiest squares with one another enables them to identify the problem areas much quicker. And, with the answers provided, marking is a breeze.

Stretch more-able pupils by asking them to create their own examples using the template. If learners can both complete and create spiders, then you can be sure that their understanding is secure.

Craig Barton

Craig is a secondary maths teacher in the North of England.
 

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