# Factor Finder

Subject: Math

Lesson Length: 30 - 40 mins

Topic: Operations & Algebraic Thinking; Factors pairs/ Prime or Composite Numbers

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: In this lesson, 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.

• Next, have students work in pairs, taking turns providing numbers for their partner to determine the factors of.  Is the number prime or composite?

Activity: It’s time to create Prime and Composite Number Comics.

• Give each student a pair of dice.
• Have them 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: students will 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 prime or composite and provide the factors.
• Students will repeat this process for 3 separate numbers.

Closure: Have students share their favorite panel with a partner.

Differentiation:

• 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.

• Allow students to use speech-to-text feature.

Resources: Comic to print or display: Comic.

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