There isn’t much I like about the cooler temps and the fewer hours of daylight in October except…fall clothes are pretty amazing, right?! And, of course, there’s the start of the hockey season, of which I’m a big St. Louis Blues fan. I already got my tickets for a game next month, too. Woo-hoo!!
Guided Practice with Task Cards
We recently wrapped up a 4-day study of factors and multiples in Room 411. You may be a bit surprised that we took that many days to focus on one topic in our math curriculum, but I’ve found the payoff is worth it for the rest of the school year. We keep circling back around to these concepts during our studies of multiplication, long division, sequences, and patterns, as well as fractions.
I wrote about how I introduce factors and multiples in an earlier post when I described using Factor T-Charts. Once those are completed and glued into our math notebooks for future reference, it’s time to practice our knowledge with these task cards. I like to display them to the whole class on my Promethean Board (enlarged to about 200% so only one card at a time can be seen). Students write their responses on whiteboards, which allows me to quickly check for accuracy and (hopefully) clear up any misconceptions. Later, I will add the cards to my Learning Stations rotation for further practice. I print the answers on the back, too, so they are self-checking when we use them in games like SCOOT and Switch!
Next, it’s time to distinguish between factor pairs and multiples for a given number. This takes some practice to fluidly move back and forth between those vocabulary terms. Foldables come into play as we use the t-charts to write the factor pairs for a given number on the left side. A multiplication table is handy for writing the first five (or so) multiples on the other side of the foldable.
Color-Coding for Understanding
Finally, we identify the prime and composite numbers by color-coding the t-charts. It’s easy to see which numbers are prime and which are composite just by looking at the factor pairs. You can also create a color-coded hundreds chart, too. (All this color-coding! Can you tell I’m a visual learner?!) We also throw in some kinesthetic moves with our Whole Brain Teaching gestures and do some Teach-Okay for the auditory learners. Something for everyone!
Factors and Multiples Assessment Freebie
I’ve put all my materials together about factors and multiples and have it published to my TpT store, but you can get the assessment for FREE by clicking on the link below. The question types mirror those seen in the task cards (see above photo). Happy teaching!