Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Grade(s) 4 resources related to the following standard:
Number and Operations—Fractions
Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.
2. Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 1/2. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.

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This 75-page pdf document demonstrates the connections between the CCSS content standards and the mathematical practice standards. It is a compilation of research, standards from several states, instructional strategies, common misconceptions, and examples for each standard at the grade 4 level. It is intended to help teachers understand what each standard means in terms of what students must know and be able to do. Additional flip books are cataloged separately for grades K-3 and 5.
Instructional Strategy, Reference Materials
Grade Level: 4
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This web page provides links to resources aligned to the CCSS that guide and support fourth grade mathematics teaching and learning. Tasks developed by the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS) for the Noyce Foundation, Problems of the Month, (POM home page is cataloged separately) and videos of public lessons and number talks developed by the Noyce Foundation are also included. The performance tasks were originally designed to measure students' ability to solve non-routine problems and then to explain and justify their solutions. The task scoring rubric, student responses, and discussion of student understanding and misconceptions are provided to improve instruction. Resources are listed for specific grade 4 standards and are also organized by progression for an alternate search route.
Activity, Instructional Strategy, Problem Set, Reference Materials, Video
Grade Level: 4
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This page provides examples of 4th Grade Number (Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten, and Number Operations-Fractions) activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards. A CCSS standard is stated and the possible activities are listed below and linked. All activities are suitable for use in Math Centers, small group or whole class settings and are designed to elicit a range of responses and provide opportunities for students to communicate their reasoning and mathematical thinking. Instructions for each task are typed in large print and written in child-friendly language to enable students to work on activities independently after a brief introduction to the task. All files for the 4th Grade Number Activities listed are in PDF format.
Activity, Game
Grade Level: 4
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This webpage for math students and their teachers offers a searchable archive of questions and answers about fractions and decimals at the elementary level. Equivalent fractions, common denominators, all four operations, fraction and decimal conversions, and other topics are included.
Community
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
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In this problem students explore the concept of proportion by comparing the relative strengths of different mixes of juice flavor and water in a visual context. Given four mixtures represented by purple and white rectangles, students order the drinks from strongest to weakest flavor and explain their reasoning. The Teachers' Notes page offers suggestions for implementation, discussion questions, and ideas for extension and support.
Activity
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6+
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In this interactive game, students build bridges using fractional lengths in the form of fraction bars. Gap length may be known or unknown, entirely empty or partially filled. Fractions to fill the gap must be constructed in specific ways, using the four basic operations. After five tries at one level, the game resets. Note that the game sometimes expects particular answers: students may need to multiply 2/5 by 3 rather than multiplying 3/5 by 2, for example, even though both computations would produce the same result.
Game
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
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This 22 slide interactive module provides details and examples to support the progression of the CCSS Fraction Standards for grades 1-8. Throughout the module are active links to the standards, a glossary, and examples and solutions.
Reference Materials, Voice Recording
Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6+
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In this 7-minute video, users learn how to compare and order fractions. The video shows visual representations and guides the learner through steps for comparing and ordering like-denominator fractions, unit fractions, and fractions with unlike denominators (by using equivalent fractions).
Tutorial, Video
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
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After reviewing two algorithms for comparing fractions (equivalent fractions with common denominators; cross multiplication), this interactive quiz gives students practice with 20 examples. Students choose the math symbol that will make each fraction pair a true equation or inequality. If incorrect, the correct answer is shown.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: 4, 5
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Teachers can use this interactive tool to help students build a conceptual understanding of fractions by comparing and ordering numeric representations, or comparing fractions using symbols (>, < or =). This page includes a video demonstration of the tool and sample lessons from the Conceptua curriculum. Free registration is required to use the tool. A paid subscription is necessary to access full curriculum and allow full student use.
Activity, Demonstration, Interactive Media, Video
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
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