FOIL Method Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, your students are going to practice using the FOIL method to multiply binomials. They will create foil-covered tiles that can be used to help them visualize the FOIL method, and which can also be used to teach the area method.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain and apply the FOIL to the multiplication of binomials
  • Multiply exponents and variables, combine terms, and simplify equations
  • Compare and contrast the FOIL and area methods


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


(+) Extend polynomial identities to the complex numbers. For example, rewrite x2 + 4 as (x + 2i)(x - 2i).


Prove polynomial identities and use them to describe numerical relationships. For example, the polynomial identity (x2 + y2)2 = (x2 - y2)2 + (2xy)2 can be used to generate Pythagorean triples.


(+) Know and apply the Binomial Theorem for the expansion of (x + y)n in powers of xand y for a positive integer n, where x and y are any numbers, with coefficients determined for example by Pascal's Triangle.1


  • Copies of the lesson quiz
  • 4 cardboard squares for each student
  • Tin foil
  • Dry or wet erase markers
  • Glue sticks
  • Tissue paper or paper towels
  • Multiplying binomials worksheet

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