#interactive games for education
The Factor Game
The Factor Game consists of a grid numbered 1-30. Start by splitting the class into two teams, or play teacher vs. students for that extra bit of rivalry. Team one begins by selecting one of the numbers on the grid. This is the number of points that they earn for their turn.
However, this game has a twist. Team two will also earn points on team one’s turn, because the factors of the first number picked become their points. So, for instance, if team one started by picking 24, they would get 24 points, but team two would get the factors of 24 as points, so they would earn the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 12 for themselves, (a total of 36 points!).Only numbers that still have factors (points) for the opposing team can be chosen.
Strategy quickly comes in to play, because both teams earn points on each turn, and you will want to try and limit the number of points you give away when it is your turn. Some numbers are better to pick that others, while some are better to pick at different points in the game.
Once a number has been used for points, you drag a box over it, and it can no longer be used. If a team picks a number that leaves no factor points for the other team, then they forfeit their turn. This is an illegal move. Play continues until you run out of factors for the remaining numbers.
At the end, add up the scores and see who is the winner. Once students are familiar with the game, they can play each other, or play in small groups. Teachers may also want to extend the grid to 36, 42 or beyond to help lengthen the lifespan of this game, or increase the difficulty. You can download the SMART Notebook file here .