Factoring rainbows at MES

Published 10:36 am Saturday, February 2, 2019

Azariah Freeman, Addison Griffith, Levi Butler, Damareo Stephen, Zoe Banks, Reagan Howell, Jade Mason and River Barnes with their factored rainbows. — Submitted Joronda Baxter

By Joronda Baxter


Janice Ellis’s 4th grade class is learning about factoring with whole numbers.

This past week, her class was challenged to find common factors and determine the greatest common factor in their problem, of no more than three numbers.

The students began their lesson with writing down their “I can” statement. “I can” statements are statements that indicate what a student should be able to do at the end of an instructional period.

While doing their lesson and solving their problems, it created a rainbow in their activity. Each color of the rainbow represented solving a factor, and each color represented a solution to each problem.

Many of the students that experienced math to be a challenge enjoyed factoring rainbows because it was an interactive and fun activity that seemed to take their mind off their level of difficulty in this subject.