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Old 10-13-2008, 06:01 PM
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teaching factors and multiples

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.
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Old 10-13-2008, 06:40 PM
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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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