Johns Hopkins University Secondary Support Initiative (JHUSSI)  

Cue Card Graphic Organizer


(Phillip Martin, 2015)


Purpose of Strategy/Approach


Use a graphic organizer when multiplying polynomials to assist in remembering the relationship between Algebra Tiles, graphic representations, and abstract symbols in mathematics, i.e. the products of factors of polynomials.


Rationale of Lesson


Understanding how to perform the arithmetic operation of multiplication on polynomials is fundamental to understanding that polynomials form a system analogous to the integers, namely they are closed under the operations of addition, subtraction, and multiplication and can be added, subtracted, and multiplied.


Acknowledgment of Content Expert and Consultants


Dr. Francine Johnson


  • set(s) of seven equations listed in the lesson plan on separate strips of paper
  • paper bag(s)
  • Algebra Tiles
  • index cards
  • scissors
  • glue sticks
  • blue, green, red, and yellow construction paper
  • hole punchers
  • metal rings
  • overhead projector or computer with projector
  • black markers/black pens/pencils