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Conversations About Prime and Composite Numbers

Get your students comfortable with distinguishing and discussing prime and composite numbers with this lesson that involves visuals and a card game. Use it as a standalone lesson or as support to the lesson Prime and Composite Numbers.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Prime and Composite Numbers lesson plan.

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Students will be able to find factor pairs for whole numbers and determine if they're prime or composite numbers.

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Students will be able to discuss prime and composite numbers using sentence starters and peer interaction.

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(3 minutes)
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  • Ask students the following question and have them discuss with a partner: How can we find the factors of a whole number?
  • Define factors as numbers that are multiplied together to get another number or a product.
  • Ask students to share key points from their discussion and record their responses on a piece of chart paper. Acknowledge their background knowledge and add on, using correct math terminology, if applicable.