Learning The Factors of A Number Through Game

Since I played the super spin game in Chuck E. Cheese I planed to come up with an educational game.  I brainstorm to make a good game.  I started to play with the spin and numbers and finally I decided that I will teach children to find the factors of a number through this game.  Here is my mock up of the game in the video.  I will have candy instead of pasta on the day of our arcade.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyDscJP6Z0E[/youtube]

As I said in the video that I will ask them to divide the candies between different number of people,  I will ask them to start with the lowest number which is 1 and they will go by 1,2,3,4…. until they have all the factors.  They will stop if the numbers start to repeat.  and they will be given paper bowl to distribute the candies so that they can do it easily.  I hope this will work.

I played this game with my sister and brother several time and they said that students will learn all the factors of a number by playing this game.  At the end of the game the player will  get the same amount of candy.

I would love to hear some feedback from my peers and professor. I am still thinking how can I make this game more fun.  I want to teach all the factors through this game; not the prime factors or the proper factors. What should I do to make it better? please comment and give me suggestion.

11 thoughts on “Learning The Factors of A Number Through Game

  1. Great video! It is very educational and the use of pasta- having to share a certain amount amongst their classmate will also teach them how to be able to to do division. I like how you connected factoring to the “super spin game.” Awesome post!!

  2. It is not that easy to show people how to factor through a game but you did a good job.

  3. I love your spinning wheel and the pasta, great game pieces so far. And I think I have an idea of how to make the finding factors more game like. After a learner spins a number, the clock starts and they have say 30 secs to find all the factors.

    You could have nine sets of buckets, each set matching the numbers 1 thru 9. For one, there’s one bucket, for two there’s two buckets, for three there’s three buckets, on and on up to nine.

    The learner as you described can draw 22. Of course all 22 pasta pieces would fit in the ‘one’ bucket. The learner could next divide the pasta in the two buckets for the number two. With none left over they can count the pieces of pasta in the bucket and know that 2 and 11 are factors. On to the three buckets, and with the one left over piece of pasta the learner would know it’s not a factor.

    Play would continue until time runs out. The learner wins a ticket for every correct factor discovered. If they guess a wrong factor a ticket is taken away.

    • Thank you so much professor. I think this is a great way to make it more fun. I will play this game with my siblings and see what happens.

  4. I think introducing a game like this will help kids participate in math than in the standard way, for kid math tends to get boring but introducing a cool yet challenging game will help them focus and become engaged… can’t wait to see the finished product…

  5. +1 to the Prof. Smith’s suggestion to make the factoring more game-like. But yeah, I think it’s a great idea to make the math into something tangible like pasta pieces. It really brings it home to have your students literally diving real world objects and not just numbers in their heads

  6. Interesting way of learning factors! I like your idea of having to move around pasta pieces and actually dividing them. Great spinner!

  7. Fun and interesting way to learn mathematics but especially with multiplication. I think your game will be awesome to play and learn something at the same time.

  8. Your spinner is pretty cool. How’d you get it to work like that. One suggestion I would give is try to make your pieces bigger. I know you said instead of pasta, during the arcade, you will have candy instead. Maybe you can use something like milk chocolate m&m’s so that it will be easier to count or something that size that won’t melt. It seemed like you were having a bit of a hard time separating the pasta.

    Awesome idea for a game nonetheless and again, your spinner is fantastic. Way to be creative.

    • Thank you so much for your kind suggestions. I will take it into consideration. I was thinking to use hard candies, but it will take a lot of space. M&M are good, but if they get melted there is a problem. I will look for small hard candies. Hope I will find some. Other wise I will use different types of pasta. Let’s see what happens. Thank you once again..

      • I wanted to use candies, but I couldn’t find small wrapped ones. they all are going to melt if kept in the palm. I got some different king of pasta. Kids will not have hard time to separate them. I hope everybody will enjoy playing this game. I need a lot of space for the game. let’s see what happens…

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