Factoring with Symbols

This is a free worksheet to help Algebra 2 students practice factoring patterns.

I’m starting factoring this week with my Algebra 2 Honors students.  

I really like using this worksheet to reinforce the fact that factoring is all about patterns.  My students always think it’s impossible at first.  I do one or two problems with them, and they finish it quickly.  This worksheet is not my creation.  I think it’s been around in various forms for a long time.  However, it works well for my students, so I hope it will help yours!

Factoring with Symbols - using symbols instead of numbers to help students see the factoring patterns  |  mrseteachesmath.blogspot.com

For some reason, the symbols look strange before you download.  However, download the file anyway and it should be fine then.


  1. Hi! I'm not sure if you're still checking in on this post, but I really wanted to use this as a challenge for my Algebra I students, but I can't manage to get the worksheet to load. Is there another format you could share it in? Thank you!

    1. Hi!
      When you click the link to download, the file looks like it is all messed up. There are red Xs everywhere instead of the expressions. (Is this what you are seeing?) Download the file anyway. When you open the downloaded file, it should look normal. Let me know if it doesn't work for you.


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