Ladder Method Doodle Notes - Prime Factorization, LCM, GCF

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4th - 6th, Homeschool
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Use this Ladder Method Doodle Notes page to introduce or review the different ways the ladder method can be used – to find prime factorization, least common multiple, greatest common factor, and to factor expressions.

There are two versions included for students – one that is completely blank, to be filled in, and one that has the notes sections already filled in.

I’ve also included a more detailed notes sheet about using the ladder method for factoring expressions, in case you haven’t used it for that purpose before. You can use this for your information only, or share it with students.

There’s an answer key and a sample page that are filled in for you to use as your guide.

Students can then keep these notes in their notebooks and use them as a reference or study tool.

This easy-prep resource includes:

  • Student Doodle Notes page (2 versions)
  • Answer key
  • Completed Doodle Notes example
  • Using the Ladder Method for Factoring notes sheet

Check out this blog post about using the Ladder Method!

Would you like to learn more about the benefits of doodling? Head over to Math Giraffe's blog to read an informative post or to the Tools for Teaching Teens website to watch a video from Math Giraffe!


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Find the greatest common factor of two whole numbers less than or equal to 100 and the least common multiple of two whole numbers less than or equal to 12. Use the distributive property to express a sum of two whole numbers 1–100 with a common factor as a multiple of a sum of two whole numbers with no common factor. For example, express 36 + 8 as 4 (9 + 2).


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