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Prime & Composite Numbers

Jeremy skateboards, does parkour, and even magically elevates in this fun video about the definitions of prime, composite, and square numbers. Then his friend Jenny helps him out in each chorus to make the song catchy in a way that won't soon be forgotten!

If you like our math joke located on the top right of this page, scroll down and steal it! We made it easy for you. (and, of course, you have our permission)

Square, Prime & Composite Numbers Song Lyrics:

If the number makes a square
a square number is there
one, four, nine, sixteen, twenty-five...
can make arrays with four equal sides
thirty-six, forty-nine, sixty-four, eighty-one...
just to name the first few of them

A square number
The product of a whole number with itself
A prime number
evenly divisible by only one and itself
A composite number
evenly divisible by numbers other than just one and itself

When two factors are all you find
Then that number's got to be prime
they can be divided evenly
By one and itself exclusively
Like the numbers 2, 3, and 5
they can only make arrays with a one on the side

All composite numbers can be
Divided at least three ways evenly
The first composite number is 4
It’s divisible by three numbers or more
The next of these are 6 and 8
They have at least two ways to make arrays

Learn More

This song targets TEKS and Common Core learning standards from both 4th Grade and 5th Grade. Look into the relevant standards here, or dig deeper into prime numbers here.

If you are interested in getting ideas on how to plan a robust standards-aligned Prime Numbers lesson, we recommend checking out Instructure's recommendations for common core standards 4.OA.4. These pages help break down standard language, lay out the grade-appropriate level of rigor for each concept, and offer a variety of suggestions for activities (lesson seeds) that help students achieve their learning targets.

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