Ice breakers are fun activities to get students more acquainted with one another. They create a fun environment to help build relationships with new people. College students often have an icebreaker activity on the first day of class.
Ditch FOIL: ditch FOIL, and use the opportunity to talk about the double-distributive property. Re-write the binomials as an equivalent expression and multiply. Set the stage for factoring and note how much more understanding factoring by parts takes on. And, now we can tackle those “messy” trinomials too.