teaching factors and multiples

Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by filochica, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. filochica

    filochica Rookie

    Aug 15, 2008
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    Oct 13, 2008

    Does anyone have tips on how to help studnets distinguish among factors and multiples? I have a math class (4th grade) that is very slow and I want to make this distinction as clear as possible.
  3. mmswm

    mmswm Moderator

    Nov 5, 2007
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    Oct 13, 2008

    What happens if you multiply something? It gets bigger, or you get more of them. A multiple, then is bigger than the original number.

    A factor is the "opposite". It's what you get when you "take a number apart".

    I teach older kids, so I'm not familiar with a lot of the manipulatives available, but I'm sure you have blocks or something like that where you could "take apart" a number, or build several of the same number and add them up. That would be my thought for kids that age. I hope this helps some :)

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