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In this 7-minute video astronomer Dr Meghan Gray explains the relationship of the Earth's rotation and its revolution around the Sun, resulting in the need to add an extra day to our calendar every four years. She describes additional adjustments required to keep our calendar aligned with the Earth's movements. Dr Gray explains the Julian date and its usefulness.
Grade Level: 4, 5
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
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
This page provides examples of 4th Grade Measurement and Data 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 4th Grade Measurement and Data Activities listed are in PDF format.
Grade Level: 4
This Web unit describes a project involving fifth grade students and the areas of the fifth and sixth grade classrooms. Included in the unit are measurement, graphing, computation, data analysis, and presentation of results. The lesson descriptions and extensions, student worksheets and charts, figures, and tables appeared as an article in the NCTM journal Teaching Children Mathematics.
Project, Unit of Instruction
Grade Level: 4, 5, 6+
This question and answer service for math students and their teachers offers a searchable archive all about measurement at the elementary level.
Reference Materials, Community
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6+
This free iOS app helps develop spatial reasoning and strategic thinking. Users reflect seed squares (horizontally, vertically and diagonally) to grow larger pieces that eventually cover the given design space without spilling over. A graduated set of difficulty levels makes the game accessible to a wide range of ages.
Activity, Interactive Media, Mobile App
Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
This unit contains two lessons which help students develop number sense through activities involving collection, representation, and analysis of data. Students also practice reading and writing large numbers and develop estimation skills. In Lesson 1, Every Breath You Take, students estimate the number of breaths taken during a specified time, experiment, and display real-life data. In Lesson 2, Making Your First Millions, students develop the concept of a million by working with smaller numerical units, such as blocks of 10 or 100, and then expanding the idea by multiplication or repeated addition. They analyze situations and identify patterns that will enable them to develop the concept of large numbers. Each lesson includes student activity sheets, an instructional plan, and extensions.
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson Plans, Unit of Instruction
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6+
This page of videos is designed to showcase classrooms in which the NCTM Process Standards are evident. Scroll to video #45, and select the "VoD" box to view the 20-minute Cranberry Estimation video. Second-graders in Massachusetts estimate the number of scoops of cranberries that will fit in a jar. They report, graph, and discuss group estimates with the class as the concepts of range, mode, and median emerge. Observe as the teacher leads the class in developing strategies, learning about new concepts, and sharing and organizing results.
Instructional Strategy, Video
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3Resource is part of a PD collection
This activity gives students an opportunity to discuss the quantities involved in statements about measurements or statistics and may involve estimation, calculation and/or research. Ideas for implementation, extension and support are included.
Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5