Build students' understanding of factors and multiples with this simple game that provides for differentiation based on student need. Students will be able to practice identifying factors of given two-digit numbers. These games will also help students recognize that some numbers have more factors than others.
Math Common Core State Standards addressed –
Operations and Algebraic Thinking (4.OA)
Gain familiarity with factors and multiples. Determine whether a given whole number in the range 1-100 is a multiple of a given one-digit number. (4.OA.4)
• teacher directions and student directions
• "Thinking Questions" for guiding student discussion
• graphic reference sheet (color and grayscale)
• two gameboards
• four spinners
• two recording sheets
This games requires minimal prep – just provide game pawns and a paper clip or plastic spinner. Students spin one of two provided spinners and then find a factor of the number spun. Once a student reaches the final space, that player wins.
The game comes with two gameboards and four spinners. Of the four spinners, two are designed for use with the first gameboard, while the other two spinners – which use larger numbers – are made to be used with the second gameboard. The varied spinners allow for differentiation within your class while they play. Assign the gameboards and spinners based on your students' proficiency with factors and multiples.
The provided recording sheets require students to write the numbers landed on and spun, practicing how to accurately use the word "multiple" and "factor" to describe the relationship between the numbers. One recording sheet uses the word "multiple" and the other uses the word "factor", allowing you to choose the recoding sheet based on the concepts you want students to practice.
Also included is a full-page reference sheet, available in both color and grayscale, that describes factors and mutliples, as well as giving the first 15 multiples of the numbers 2 through 9. Before you have your students play the game, you can have them review the reference sheet and glue it in their journals. Your students can use the journal insert as a guide while they play the game, as well as when they complete other tasks that relate to factors and multiples.
For more practice with factors and multiples, please check out these other resources I have available –
Buzzing About Factors - task cards + printables set
Bumblebee Paths, Frog Pond Frenzy - factors & multiples math games bundle
Polar Paths, Penguin Power factors multiples game, task cards, printables bundle
Factor Flip prime & composite game
I hope these materials are helpful (and fun!) for your students – Dennis McDOnald