We’ve all had students who love to draw and would happily doodle all day long, and others who gaze out the window imagining how much fun they would have if they could just go outside. These are the students I was thinking of when I developed Factor and Multiple Trees. This math differentiation tool engages students who have visual-spatial and naturalistic strengths, encouraging them to use those strengths to creatively demonstrate a math concept. Factor and Multiple Trees have helped my students be successful and enjoy math.
Many of my students have chosen to make Factor and Multiple Trees as an “I’m done!” sponge activity-even those that don’t usually “like” math. Factor and Multiple Trees are also an engaging math station activity that students can self-check or check with a partner. I’ve had students compete to see who can calculate the most “leaves” and others who proudly explained the difference between factors and multiples to their parent while showing them their tree.
Factor and Multiple Trees are perfect for drawing in math journals or as an art project to hang in the hall. Let me know how you use this tool and what your students have to say about it. My favorite quote from my classroom so far is, “This is fun!! Wait. I can’t believe I just said that. I hate math!”
Happy teaching and best wishes to you and your kids!
Kim Bush, Lessons to Teach