Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Grade(s) 4 resources related to the following standard:
Measurement and Data
Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.
2. Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving simple fractions or decimals, and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as number line diagrams that feature a measurement scale.

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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 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.
Activity
Grade Level: 4
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This Java applet provides practice in adding denominations of US coins in the context of a simple turn-taking game of strategy. The game starts with pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters arrayed in a row or loop. One person (or the computer) picks a coin on either end of the chain. Then the computer (or the second person) selects either the new "end" coin or the unchosen one from the previous round. Play proceeds in alternating fashion until no coins remain; the player who collects the greatest dollar amount wins. Click "random numbers" to play the same game with counting numbers in lieu of coins. A discussion of optimal strategies appears below the game.
Game
Grade Level: 2, 3, 4
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This Technology Problem of the Week (tPoW) challenges students to compile a spreadsheet that tracks different savings rates across different time spans, and to then use their accounting work to identify the calendar date when those contributions reach the goal of accumulating 1,000,000 pennies. Solve and explain your solution; download hints and answer checks. Also available in Spanish. Free registration is required.
Problem Set
Grade Level: 4, 5
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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+
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In this interactive simulation students use their measurement and measurement conversion skills to prepare the bamzookis for a race. Students measure in metric units and then convert units to compare to measures in English customary units. In the final stage of the activity learners must combine pieces of tracks measured in different metric lengths to construct a track of 100 meters. Included with this activity is background information on measurement and a short quiz.
Game, Interactive Media
Grade Level: 4, 5
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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
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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+
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This webpage features a STEM investigation developed by teachers Carrie Lewis and Kelly Steele to strengthen understanding of patterns with grade 5 students. After observing and analyzing dance videos, teams of students create their own routines based on numerical patterns. The page includes a downloadable (pdf) lesson plan, student handouts, and teacher tools, and features a 9-minute video describing the project and demonstrating students at work.
Activity, Lesson Plans, Unit of Instruction, Video
Grade Level: 4, 5, 6+
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