Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Polynomial Factoring Scavenger Hunt #Made4Math

Hi all! It has been a while since I have posted, but I created this awesome scavenger hunt and wanted to share.

I cannot take all of the credit. I got the idea from my math coach, Jason Bragg. He gave me the template and I used  this polynomial calculator to create my polynomials. There are a total of 9 polynomials. The first page are the zeros for the second page polynomial. The 3rd page are the zeros for the fourth page's polynomial, etc. I set the 1st page aside, took the 2nd and 3rd page and taped it up on a wall, so that the zeros were visable and the polynomial was flipped underneath. I continued this around the room in no particular order, and ended my last polynomial with my first page.

Here a student is holding flipped up to see the polynomial. The previous answer is on the other side.
Students were given the "Recording Sheet" and given a place to start. As they figured out their zeros, they moved on to the next problem. I work in 90 minute blocks, and we almost had time to finish all of the problems. I wasn't sure how this was going to go because I had never done a scavenger hunt, but the students soaked it up. We had a blast!!

Want the document? Here it is!


I have included and answer key so that you are ready to go!


  1. Hi, Christy,

    I came across your blog via David Wees, and as a fellow mathematics educator I thought you might be able to help in spreading the word about an educational TV show for preteens about math that we're putting together. "The Number Hunter" is a cross between Bill Nye The Science Guy and The Crocodile Hunter -- bringing math to children in an innovative, adventurous way. I’d really appreciate your help in getting the word out about the project.


    I studied math education at Jacksonville University and the University of Florida. It became clear to me during my studies why we’re failing at teaching kids math. We're teaching it all wrong! Bill Nye taught kids that science is FUN. He showed them the EXPLOSIONS first and then the kids went to school to learn WHY things exploded. Kids learn about dinosaurs and amoeba and weird ocean life to make them go “wow”. But what about math? You probably remember the dreaded worksheets. Ugh.

    I’m sure you know math is much more exciting than people think. Fractal Geometry was used to create “Star Wars” backdrops, binary code was invented in Africa, The Great Pyramids and The Mona Lisa, wouldn’t exist without geometry.
    Our concept is to create an exciting, web-based TV show that’s both fun and educational.

    If you could consider posting about the project on your blog, I’d very much appreciate it. Also, if you'd be interested in link exchanging (either on The Number Hunter site, which is in development, or on StatisticsHowTo.com which is a well-established site with 300,000 page views a month) please shoot me an email. We're also always looking for input and ideas from other math educators!

    Thanks in advance for your help,


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