Reflection: Student Feedback Prime Factorization of Numbers - Section 5: Independent Practice


It's great when students can come to their own math conclusions.  For the mini lesson I deliberately chose smaller numbers to work with so students would understand and feel comfortable with both methods.  For the Independent Practice, I chose larger numbers not only to challenge students, but also to assist them in deciding which method they preferred.  As I walked around I noticed that students were checking in with one another and started to form a race to see who finished first.  I didn't encourage the race, but I liked that students were comparing strategies.

At the end of class, I took a poll to see what was the overall preferred method.  The majority of students preferred to work with method 2, some students reached a conclusion that it would depend on the number, and very few chose method 1.

In the future, for the Independent Practice, I may assign students a method to start with so it's balanced within the groups.  This way they would have a partner to compare answers with.

  Preferred Method
  Student Feedback: Preferred Method
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Prime Factorization of Numbers

Unit 4: Factors and Multiples
Lesson 2 of 10

Objective: SWBAT find the prime factorization of numbers.

Big Idea: Students will climb math trees.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, Fractions, prime factorization, prime, composite
  50 minutes
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