Looking for more ways to incorporate hands on activities and manipulatives in upper elementary math classes? Try this discovery lesson and activity for decomposing numbers with linking cubes!
This product requires colored Linking Cubes to implement. Each color represents a different prime number. Students snap together cubes to compose and decompose numbers into their prime factors. Problems gradually increase in difficultly level and students are required to define their strategies. This activity seamlessly takes the students from the concrete strategy of using cubes to calculating prime factorization without the use of a manipulative.
Students can work independently, with partners, in groups, or at a math station or center.
A second version is included that guides students through the discovery of using prime factorization to find the GCF and LCM of two numbers. Great for differentiation and advanced learners or early finishers!
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