[PHOTO] Finding Factors

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Brooke Gallo and Samara Infantino complete to earn the highest score in the Factor Game. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

Brooke Gallo and Samara Infantino complete to earn the highest score in the Factor Game. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

CLARK — Students in Krista Chapman’s sixth grade mathematics class at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark practice finding factors while competing against a partner. Finding factors is the beginning step to finding the greatest common factor and the least common multiple of two numbers.

During the Factor Game students take turns selecting a number from the number chart. When a student selects a number, the value of the number is added to their points. Once a student selects a number, their opponent has the opportunity to circle all factors of the number gaining the value of each factor.

Once a factor has been circled it cannot be selected again.

While playing the game students strategized and began picking prime numbers first. By selecting prime numbers students were able to maximize their points while not giving away any points to their opponent. After completing the game, students discussed their strategies and why using prime numbers was to their advantage. Students now have a deeper understanding of what prime and composite numbers are.


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