Factor Connect Four

This week students continued their exploration of visual representation of numbers through a fun game from youcubed.org.  Students used their knowledge of factors and strategy to play Factor Connect Four.  They drew a card from the deck and identified what larger number(s) their number could belong to.  For example, when a student draws 4, it is a factor of 8, 12, 16, 20, etc.  Students were asked to be skeptics of others’ answers, which required giving specific reasoning and evidence for their decisions. 

 

Some discussion questions that we asked students were: 

 

How did you decide which numbers a picture might represent? 

How did you then choose which of those numbers you would mark?

What made the game hard? 

How would you mod the game to make it more challenging or interesting?  Which numbers were easiest to capture and which were the hardest?

 

Some students noticed that 1 was the easiest factor to use on the game board, as it could be used with any number.  Others shared that 2 was the easiest because it was a factor of all the even numbers.  One student shared that 1 was important as it was the only number you could use to capture a prime number.  Many students shared they would change the possibilities of the deck, as several numbers were repeated.  Overall this game helped students continue to identify patterns, recognize factors of numbers, and explain their thinking with reason and evidence. 

Clubhouse Week at a Glance: 

 

Communications Literacy

  • Completed Story Pirate Stories

  • Finished reading short biographies and discussed elements of informative writing. 

  • Book Groups - focus on fluency, intonation, and identifying new words and word meanings

  • Completed Blackout Stories - Peer-reviewed focusing on capitalization, spelling, punctuation, word choice, paragraph structure, and typing mechanics

  • Played Quandary - focus on problem solving, taxonomizing, and discussing differences between facts and opinions to help us in our informative writing

 

Patterns and Modeling

  • Played Factor Connect Four to practice identifying factors, prime numbers and number patters

  • Revisited YouCubed graphic representing number visualizations and strategized ways to identify number patterns in preparation for factor taxonomy

  • Math games: Racko, Factor Connect Four, Clumsy Thief, Math Pit, and Multiplication War

 

Theme

  • Continued research and development of cereal product

  • Developed marketing strategies and established brand identity for cereal companies

  • Began designing a cereal box for the product

 

Misc

  • Wrote a letter to their pen pals in Sierra Leone describing their happy place

  • Digital literacy lesson #3: The Power of our Words on the Internet

 

Paige’s Group’s Week at a Glance

 

Communication Literacy

  • Book groups

      • fluency and intonation

      • punctuation and capitalization

      • Typing Club

  • Practicing paragraph structure by turning our persuasive outlines into a fluid paragraph

  • Identifying why we read biographies and what we can learn from them

  • Collaborative imaginative writing for Story Pirates

 

Patterns & Modeling

  • Making predictions when collecting data

  • Review of mode, range, minimum, and maximum in a data set

  • Defining the median in a data set and exploring how to find averages

  • Identifying patterns in number representations and determining how they help us find factors and prime numbers

 

Theme Time

  • Forming groups for cereal companies and defining roles within each group (ex. CEO, graphic designer, etc.)

  • Begin research and development of cereal product

 

Misc

  • Beginning a new read aloud book, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles

  • Visit from parent John Tompkins to explore the central nervous system and neurotransmission

  • Book groups

      • fluency and intonation

      • punctuation and capitalization

      • Typing Club

  • Practicing paragraph structure by turning our persuasive outlines into a fluid paragraph

  • Identifying why we read biographies and what we can learn from them

  • Collaborative imaginative writing for Story Pirates

 

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