Number Theory: Least Common Multiples Cyan 5.1.2CR

Number Theory: Least Common MultiplesT Cyan 5.1.2CR
To find the multiples of a number, skip count the number! 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 and so on are
the multiples of three, an infinite sequence. 5, 10, 15, 20 . . . are the multiples of
five. Their least common multiple (LCM), then, is 15.
Two friends will need: Cuisenaire® rods,S cm grid, two
dot dice, and a meter stick.
Younger student, array rods from 1 cm to 10 cm in length.
Roll the dice; place a corresponding rod alongside
the meter stick, one end at zero. Form a row of
same-color rods along the meter stick as far as you
can? Record the multiples with commas.
Older student, take a turn—If you get the same dot set
as your friend, roll again? If you roll eleven or twelve,
choose one dot set?
Both students, take turns until you find common multiples
—and then a least common multiple—the smallest
common to two sequences. With a teacher,T write
about LCMs. Repeat twice?
T-Note: Such activities as this build images of multiple sequences. The closer to concrete these images are, the easier it will be to recall LCMs as well as greatest common factors (GCFs) –both
important for operations with fractions.
M1-4212A [6-tray set of rods]
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