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Using
Inspiration to create factor trees.
Objective: Students will use **Inspiration**
software to create factor trees for composite whole numbers.

Prerequisite skills: basic knowledge of **Inspiration
**software: how to create new boxes, create correct links, change font size
and style, create a text-only box, save and print.

Activity: Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Open **Inspiration** to a new
project.

2. In the **Main Idea** box, type in "Factor tree for *yournumber.*"

3. Create two boxes below the main idea box and enter two factors for your
number.

4. Check each of your two factors to see if either one is a prime number. Mark
your prime numbers with a different type of box.

5. Continue factoring until you have only prime numbers.

6. Rearrange your factors so that all the prime numbers are on one line.

7. At the bottom, use the text-box tool to create a text box and type in the
prime factorization for your number. Use *Format - Text Style - Superscript*
to create exponents.

8. Use *File - Print Options *to set your project to fit onto one page, and
to print in black and white. Type your name on your project and print it.

Assessment:

Are your factors correct? 60 points

Are your prime factors correctly indicated? 20 points

Do you have the prime factorization written out? 10 points

Have you used the software correctly (correct links, print format, etc.)?
10 points

Sample factor tree with all prime factors
on the bottom line, and the prime factorizaton written below the diagram:

###### This diagram created using Inspiration® by Inspiration Software, Inc.