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Sieve of Eratosthenes

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Why Learn About Prime and Composite Numbers?

Dr. Math says:

"Every time you send a credit card number over the Internet, it gets encrypted by your browser, and the encryption algorithm is based on the theory of prime numbers. At some point, electronic money will become as common as paper money, and -that- will also be based on the theory of prime numbers. And, what's used more in the real world than money?"

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Conceptual Way to Introduce Prime and Composite Numbers

Donna Boucher, Math Coach at Math Coach's Corner, asks her students to identify all arrays of a specific number (i.e. 24). They are then tasked with creating a poster showing the array, t-chart and organized factor list for each factor pair the class identified. She hangs the posters around the room and students reflect. What do you notice? They may notice some numbers have more factors than others. Cue vocabulary!

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Video Lessons on Factoring Primes to Simplify Fractions

Math Antics videos are super -engaging and rich with conceptual ideas. In the Math Antics video:

learners see how to simplify fractions by factoring the numerator and denominator to primes then cancelling common factors.

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One of my Favorite Resources

is a no-prep activity written by Shelley Rees, called,
It contains:
**What is a Prime Number?** (Definitions and Explanations)
**Cross It Out!** 100 Number Grid Activity
**Factor It and Label It!** List the factors and label numbers as prime or composite
**Prime Puzzle:** Prime/Composite Number Coloring Puzzle
**What Number Am I?** Use the process of elimination and number sense to solve number riddles
**Prime Number Path ** Identify prime and composite numbers and color a path.
All of this can be yours at a bargain price of $3.50
I've seen several ways to teach prime and composite numbers. What are your favorites?