A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively
engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

You may save this Learning Activity to your hard drive as an .html file by
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Phase:

After/Explain/Elaborate

Activity:

This learning activity should be completed at the end of a lesson on factors and multiples.

Pose this real-world problem to the students:

A local artist needs our help with designing a tabletop for a client. The client has provided the artist with several different colors of tile and would like for him to design a tabletop with only 24 tiles. We need to help the artist design as many versions of this tabletop as we can so he will have a variety to choose from. The table is rectangular, so all of our designs must be arrays.

Students will work individually and use the virtual manipulative link to design his or her tabletop using only 24 color tiles. Make sure you guide the students in locating the color tiles on the link. Instruct the students to make a design for each factor pair of 24. Students will print their designs on a color printer or print them in black and white and color them.

Assessment Strategies:

Students must have an array design created for each factor pair of 24: 1 x 24, 2 x 12, 3 x 8, 4 x 6.

Advanced Preparation:

Students should have background knowledge of factors and multiples.

Teachers will need to visit the virtual manipulative link prior to the lesson to familiarize himself/herself with it.

Each student will need access to a device with Internet access.

Variation Tips (optional):

You can differentiate this activity according to ability level by making higher level students create a design using a larger multiple such as 48 and lower ability level students should use a number such as 12.

This learning activity can be used with a fractional unit also. The teacher should assign a set amount of each color tile used. The students can find the factional parts for each color of tiles.