Factor Fun


This is a level 3 number link activity from the Figure It Out series. It relates to Stage 6 of the Number Framework.

A PDF of the student activity is included.

Achievement Objectives
Student Activity

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Specific Learning Outcomes

practise multiplication facts

Required Resource Materials

Coloured counter for each player

FIO, Link, Number, Book Two, Factor Fun, page 5

Two paper clips

A classmate


This is an ideal basic facts game because it’s fun and easy to set up and explain, and it can be easily varied by changing the rules. For example, instead of covering four in a square, the students could cover four in a line or find four that have a common factor.
A basic facts game on its own does not ensure that students will recall basic facts. Encourage your students to use the facts they know to work out the ones they are unsure of. For example, if they don’t know 7 x 8, they might use 7 x 7 and add 7 or 8 x 8 and subtract 8. Your students can use this game to help them to identify the facts that they don’t know. The game will also encourage them to learn their facts so that they become more proficient at playing it.
Any memorisation programme you use with the students should encourage multi-sensory repetition of the fact as well as finding or inventing triggers, such as patterns, to establish long-term recall.

Answers to Activity

A game using factors


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