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How to Use the Fourth Grade Common Core Workbook
So you’re a pro at using all those ELA resources, but the math stuff sort of scares you – or overwhelms. Having taught math, I know how hard it can be to squeeze activities and centers into a lessons when NO ONE seems to be getting it. Right?
The cool thing about most of the centers activities in the math section, is that they can be used to preload a lot of materials or as a review. They work great at the same time as the textbook lessons as well, but I like yanking them back out right before unit tests, or as a surprise review of what we learned a month ago – things that students think are safe to forget now!
Take for example the activity for 5.OA.1, a standard that says: “Interpret a multiplication equation as a comparison, e.g., interpret 35 = 5 × 7 as a statement that 35 is 5 times as many as 7 and 7 times as many as 5. Represent verbal statements of multiplicative comparisons as multiplication equations.” This basically says that students should know their fact families and how factors work in teams to make products, right?
The activity for this standard has students matching word problems to pictures to products to multiplication sentences. It’s a 4-way match. It helps visualize the idea of multiplication and the matching between concrete and abstract must occur. Afterward, the worksheet that goes with this activity gives you something you can use for a grade or just as a check for understanding.
The two supporting worksheets that go with this standard have students drawing pictures, like 3 sets of 5 or 5 sets of 3 to illustrate a multiplication problem like 5×3=15. They also have to write word problems out in words, relating the fact families into written sentences. These are great for review, for a grade, as a pop quiz, or just about anything you want.
The beauty of having so many standards is that you could have a day where 3 teams work on a random standard, and you work with the ones who need it most. Keeping the groups organic and changing, you could remediate after a test, while not holding back those who do actually understand.
For more ideas, take a look at our free previews of the Fourth Grade Common Core Workbook to find things that you can use in your room in your own particular style. Every teacher has their own way of doing things, and we just want to support you! Hopefully it’s an adventure for everyone involved.
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