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Prime Factorization Graphic Organizer

I created this prime factorization graphic organizer for my Algebra 1 students to summarize two different methods for finding prime factorization: the factor tree method and the birthday cake method. I teach my Algebra 1 students to simplify radicals through prime factorization because it works no matter what the index of the radical is. This …

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Factor Tree Puzzles Inspired by Dr. Harold Reiter

Yesterday, I shared about all the amazing things I learned/experienced as part of the Tulsa Math Teachers’ Circle Summer Immersion Workshop. As part of that post, I mentioned that I had created some factor tree puzzles after being inspired by the puzzles shared by Dr. Harold Reiter and the puzzle created by one of the …

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Prime Factorization using the Birthday Cake Method

Today I want to share with you a new method I learned for teaching prime factorization called the birthday cake method. Before I became a teacher, I sometimes battled fears that teaching could be boring.  After all, once you’ve mastered high school math, there’s not much new to learn.  Well, there might not be any new …

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