OA Support for Grade 4 Teachers

Jacqueline Burns - Mathematically Yours, K-12

NEWLY EDITED FRAMEWORKS! (JULY 2014) - Grade 4 Curriculum Map, Overview, and Frameworks from the GaDOE

OA Support for Grade 4 Teachers

Your students need to make sense of 5 x 7 = 35 as 7 times as many as 5 and 5 times as many of 7...and they aren't fluent with their math facts. Or maybe they just need a refresher before you delve into the standard. What do you do? Try using the Jungle Multiplication flipchart from Promethean Planet.


You need some real-life open ended tasks but you aren't exactly sure what the "proficient" student work should look like. Try Comparing Money Raised, a task that also comes with solution commentary. What about scoring the work? The Bikes and Trikes task even comes with the correct answers, a scoring rubric, and student work samples. What can you use for open-ended multiplicative comparison problems? Try these problems from www.k-5mathteachingresources.com.


Multi-step word problems involving whole number computation and Interpreting remainders is all about context and reasonableness. Two suggested tasks to use with students are Carnival Tickets and The Baker.


One of my favorite activities for sifting prime numbers is the Sieve of Eratosthenes. Through this activity students will be exposed to a potpourri of learning - science, history, understanding of time (BC versus AD), geography, language arts...AND, students will discover so many number patterns while identifying prime numbers, composite numbers, and multiples.


Students are expected to generate a number or shape pattern that follows a given rule, and identify apparent features of the pattern that were not explicit in the rule itself. Square tiles are the perfect manipulative to use with the Square numbers activity.

Teacher-Created Problem Solving Videos

Have you ever wondered whether your students' struggle with mathematics is the math, or the reading? Teachers used the Illustrative Mathematics Tasks to differentiate for their students. This strategy may help your students who struggle with reading, or who are auditory learners. Take a look at this teacher's approach to Painting a Wall.
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Math Vocabulary

The vocabulary cards used in our sessions come from the Granite School District (UT). Check out their free vocabulary resources!

2013 Coastal Plains RESA/Valdosta St U MSP Summer Workshop Series

The teachers in the Coastal Plains RESA region are absolutely phenomenal! We used the OA Progressions document, common core math standards, and open-ended tasks from Illustrative Mathematics and Inside Mathematics to
  • make sense of problems and persevere in solving them,
  • construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others,
  • attend to precision, and
  • model with mathematics.

All of the Progressions documents are available via The University of Arizona Institute for Mathematics and Education.

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