Prime numbers are the building blocks of numbers. This exploration of prime numbers begins with a classic tool for locating prime numbers: the sieve of Eratosthenes. We then introduce a different type of table for the process of identifying primes. The exploration looks at other patterns with prime numbers and concludes with a connection between primes and music. Exploring these prime numbers allows us to understand the combination that makes up all numbers and can open the door to many of the mysteries in math.
This issue guides students through an exploration of different methods for locating prime numbers, finding patterns with prime numbers, and connecting primes and music. A companion Teacher’s Edition includes a Teacher Notes section with
tips, instructional strategies, templates for full-size handouts, and a solution key to facilitate your use of the activity in your classroom.