Lesson Plan


This centers-based lesson on prime and composite numbers is designed for two-days of 45-minute lessons or one-day of a 90-minute lesson block. The lesson provides differentiated instruction using the H.O.P. Centers Framework. H.O.P. stands for Hands-On, Open-Ended, and Practice which are the themes for each of the three centers in the framework. Lesson structure is designed using brain research principles. In this lesson students will learn how to identify/define prime and composite numbers with a short engaging lesson, hands-on activity using Eratosthenes Sieve, practiced writing about a word problem using prime and composite numbers, and engage in tiered practice of the concept.


  • Mathematics > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5


Prime Composite Factors Multiples



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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of -0001-11-30.

Lisa Keeter
September 17, 2011

The lesson is good except for an error on the sieve. These directions incorrectly mark two multiples of 7 as prime numbers. You must also mark out multiples of 7 to remove all composites from 1 to 100.

Curriki Review System
September 10, 2009

This resource received a 2* rating because it is part of the larger resource, Prime and Composite Numbers, which received a rating of 2-Good in the Curriki Review System. You can learn more about this larger resource by reading its review and comments.

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