Advanced Common Core Math Explorations Factors and Multiples (Grades 5-8)
Students become mathematical adventurers in these challenging and engaging activities designed to deepen and extend their understanding of concepts from the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. The investigations in this book stretch students' mathematical imaginations to their limits as they explore mystifying patterns of colored blocks, analyze paths of pool balls, solve mathematical word puzzles, and unravel a baffling mathematical code. Each activity comes with detailed support for classroom implementation including learning goals, discussion guides, detailed solutions, and suggestions for extending the investigation. There is also a free supplemental e-book offering strategies for motivation, assessment, parent communication, and suggestions for using the materials in different learning environments.
Students who have experience with tough puzzles like those in Factors and Multiples will get excited when making prior connections. Students may not only develop a feeling of accomplishment but also become leaders by helping their peers understand the material.
As students struggle through the factors of numbers, they will come across patterns, make predictions through the patterns, and finally test them. The explorations and puzzles ask students to work forward and backward. Different ways of thinking, diagraming, and finding answers will help the students master factoring at an incredibly high level.,Wanda J Milliman,Westgate High School, 2/2/16