Looking for a fun way for students to practice multiples and factors? This activity is sure to engage students as they identify multiples or factors of numbers while mixing in some strategy play to capture the most bushels. How? The first player to place the fourth apple card into a bushel captures that bushel. This activity can be used in small groups (2-4 students) or part of a math center.
To begin, bushels are placed in the playing area and each player gets four apple cards. On each turn, a player must place an apple card into one of the bushels in the playing area. The apple cards only can go into a bushel if the criterion on the bushel is met. Sometimes an apple card can go into more than one bushel. So strategy then comes into play. Looking to see how many apple cards are in certain bushels and whether or not a bushel has many apple card possibilities are just a few things students can consider. What happens if a player cannot place an apple card in a bushel? Well, the player must discard one of his apple cards into his My “Rotten” Apples bushel. It is important for students to think about which apple card to discard. Should it be a number that is prime? Should it be a number that has many factors? Should it be a number that has a few factors? Well, the answers to these questions depend on what bushels are in play at the time.
You can select the bushels and apple cards students will use based on their readiness levels. A multiplication chart and a divisibility rules chart are included to support learners. For those students who are proficient at using the divisibility rules, blank apple cards are included for them to create their own cards with three digit numbers on them to add to the mix.
Vocabulary anchor mats are included for students to review the following terms: factor, multiple, prime, and composite. Students can complete these anchor mats in small groups prior to this activity or independently as a formative assessment.
Included in this download:
Bushel Cards – “Multiples of…” 2 – 9, “Divisible by…” 2 – 9, “Multiples of…” and “Divisible by…” 10 – 11
Bushel Cards – My “Rotten” Apples
Apple Cards – Numbers 8 – 100, 15 blank cards
Divisibility Rules Chart for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10
Vocabulary Anchor Mats – factor, multiple, prime, composite
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