My 5th and 6th grade resource have finally started to understand multiplication but are struggling with division and factors. We spent a week two weeks ago working on divisibility rules and this week working on factors. Due to the amount of craziness that the holidays bring, I didn’t have time to come up with my own activity for factors so I headed to TpT to see what I could find. And then it happened… I found a super fun game Factor Flip! created by Dennis McDonald.
Set-up: before playing the game I printed the materials on different color pieces of paper. The game board was a peachy color, the spinner was on purple paper, and I later put the factor reference sheet on yellow. I also put all the pages into sheet protectors. I made a large envelope for each game to go into. Students can now easily grab an envelope and it will have 2 color counters, each of the 3 colored sheets referenced above, blank copies of the recording sheet and a paper clip to use with the spinner.
The game is fairly simple to play.
1st – choose who will be red and who will be yellow (or whatever two colors are represented by your colored counters)
2nd – spin the spinner and get a number.
3rd – record the number that number on the recording sheet
Player 1 (red) spins a 16. They record the 16 and write down that the factors are 1,16,2,8,and 4. A red colored counter is placed on each of those numbers
Player 2 (yellow) spins a 12. They record the 12 and write down that the factors are 1,12,2,6,3, and 4. A yellow counter is placed on 12, 6 and 3. The counters on 1,2 and 4 are flipped over to the other side. (In this case, because the game just started they flip from red to yellow. It should be noted that you could flip the counter from your own color to your competitor’s color later in the game… that adds to the suspense!)
The winner is declared once they have 4 of the same colored counters in a row. Some games are super fast, others are more drawn out – it just depends on how the numbers are spun.
My kiddos absolutely LOVED this game. Most of them started making connections to the divisibility rules we had just worked with as well as realizing that the number 1’s chip would be flipped every time. The more we play, the less the kiddos are using the reference sheet, too! This will definitely be a go-to game in our room! A big thanks to Dennis McDonald for creating it!