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Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Creative Factor Trees
Description: Students will explore and review prime and composite numbers. Students will also build a factor tree model by displaying how to write out a prime factorization of a number correctly, how to identify prime and composite numbers, and how to check their results. This hands-on approach allows students to use different mediums and practice their understanding of mathematics.

Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Hanging Out with Prime Factorization
Description: During this lesson, students will review factors, prime and composite numbers.  Students will also create a mobile that show the prime factorization of the number of their choice.   This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.

Subject: Mathematics (4 - 6)
Title: My Favorite Number
Description: The activity allows students to review many of the number theory concepts.  Students will pick a composite number write verbal expressions about the number, find the factors, prime factorization, list multiples, draw a cartoon character of the number, and write a word problem.  The purpose of this activity is to be a review of the number theory topics taught during middle school.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.

Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics
Description: This interactive game, from Illuminations, allows students to exercise their factoring ability. They can play against a friend or the computer as they take turns choosing a number and identifying all of its factors.
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Subject: Mathematics
Title: The Product Game      Add Bookmark
Description: In this four-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students play a game in which they start with factors and multiply to find the product. They play the game, make their own game boards, use Venn diagrams to represent the relationships between the factors or products of two numbers and develop strategies for winning the game.
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Subject: Mathematics
Description: This collection of Web links, reviewed and presented by Illuminations, offers teachers and students information about and practice in concepts related to arithmetic. Users can read the Illuminations Editorial Board's review of each Web site, or choose to link directly to the sites.
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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Looking for Patterns      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, focuses on the properties of multiplication. Students skip count, examine multiplication patterns, and explore commutativity.
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Subject: Mathematics
Description: Mathematical games can foster mathematical communication as students explain and justify their moves to one another. In addition, games can motivate students and engage them in thinking about and applying concepts and skills. This e-example from Illuminations contains an interactive version of a game that can be used in the grades 3-5 classroom to support students' learning about fractions. e-Math Investigations are selected e-examples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (PSSM). The e-examples are part of the electronic version of the PSSM document. Given their interactive nature and focused discussion tied to the PSSM document, the e-examples are natural companions to the i-Math investigations.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations

Subject: Mathematics
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to visually explore the concept of factors by creating rectangular arrays with an area equal to the product of the factors. They can choose whether or not to use the commutative property when identifying factors.
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Subject: Mathematics
Title: The Factor Game      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students play the Factor Game, which engages students in a friendly contest where strategies involve distinguishing between numbers with many factors and numbers with few factors. Students are then guided through an analysis of game strategies and introduced to the definitions of prime and composite numbers.
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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Super Bowl Scores      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore the connections between mathematics and football. Students analyze information about football scores represented graphically and then discuss, describe, read, and write about the graphs and the information they contain.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations