Build students' understanding of factors and multiples with this two-in-one winter-themed game that provides for differentiation based on student need. Students will be able to practice identifying factors of given two-digit numbers, as well as explore the relationship between numbers that are factors and multiples of each other. You can also use the game simply to build students' fluency with their multiplication and division facts.
Math Common Core State Standards addressed –
3.OA.5 – Operations and Algebraic Thinking: Understand properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division.
3.OA.7 – Operations and Algebraic Thinking: Multiply and divide within 100.
4.OA.4 – Operations and Algebraic Thinking: Gain familiarity with factors and multiples.
Included in this product are:
• teacher directions
• student directions
• two different gameboards – Polar Paths and Polar Paths Too
• corresponding spinners for each gameboard
• three different recording sheets
Simply provide game pawns and students are ready to play Polar Paths or Polar Paths Two. Students choose one of two provided spinners, spin the spinner, and then try to find a penguin featuring a factor of the number spun. Students move from penguin to penguin until they reach the final space.
The different gameboards allow you to differentiate based on your students' fluency with their multiplication facts. Polar Paths uses the factors 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9, with the spinners featuring select multiples of those numbers. Polar Paths Two uses the factors 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12 with the spinners featuring select multiples of those numbers.
The provided recording sheets allow you to see students' thinking while they play. Two of the recording sheets require students to write the numbers landed on and spun, practicing how to use the word "multiple" and "factor" to describe the relationship between the numbers. A third recording sheet has students write multiplication or division equations that reinforce the relationship between the numbers in the game and help students practice the relationship between multiplication and division.
For additional practice with factors and multiples, check out my set of 32 factor & multiple task cards –
Penguin Power – factor & multiple task cards
You can also purchase the games and task cards in one bundle –
Polar Paths, Penguin Power – factors & multiples game & task cards bundle
Hope your students enjoy the games! – Dennis McDonald