# Factor Finder

Subject: Math

Lesson Length: 30 - 40 mins

Topic: Operations and Algebraic Thinking; Factor Pairs/ Prime or Composite Numbers

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will learn about prime and composite numbers and their factors.

Know Before You Start: This lesson is a great introduction to prime and composite numbers. Pairs of dice will be needed.

Hook:

• Read and discuss the sample comic.

• What’s the difference between a prime and composite number?

• Is Maggie correct about the buses?

• Practice finding the factors of prime and composite numbers as a class.

• Have students work in pairs, taking turns providing numbers for their partner to determine if it is a prime or composite number and provide the factors.

Activity:

• Give each student a pair of dice.
• Have students roll the dice to create a two digit number (one number from each die.)
• Students will now create a four-panel comic
• In Panel 1: Have students explain the difference between prime and composite numbers by providing a definition/explanation in their own words.
• In each of the following panels, students will share the number they rolled, determine if it is a prime or composite number and provide the factors.
• Students will repeat this process for three separate numbers.

Closure:

• Have students share their comic with a partner.

Differentiation:

• Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
• Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
• Provide the definitions of prime and composite numbers for students.

• Provide a prime and composite number chart.

• Provide sentence stem: "____ is a prime/composite number because _______."

• Allow students to work in pairs.

Resources:

• Comic to print or display: Comic.

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