Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Grade(s) 5 resources related to the following standard:
Number and Operations—Fractions
Use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions.
2. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. Use benchmark fractions and number sense of fractions to estimate mentally and assess the reasonableness of answers. For example, recognize an incorrect result 2/5 + 1/2 = 3/7, by observing that 3/7 < 1/2.

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This 68-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 5 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-4.
Instructional Strategy, Reference Materials
Grade Level: 5
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This web page provides links to resources aligned to the CCSS that guide and support fifth grade mathematics teaching and learning. Tasks developed by the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS), Problems of the Month, (POM home page is cataloged separately) and videos of public lessons and number talks developed by the Noyce Foundation are included. The tasks were designed to measure students' ability to solve non-routine problems, explain and justify their solutions, and promote high level thinking skills. They include the scoring rubric, student responses, and discussion of student understanding and misconceptions. Resources are listed for specific grade 5 standards and are also organized by progression for an alternate search route.
Instructional Strategy, Problem Set, Reference Materials, Video
Grade Level: 5
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This page provides examples of 5th 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 5th Grade Number Activities listed are in PDF format.
Activity, Game
Grade Level: 5
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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 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 14-minute video Beverly Gonzalez demonstrates teaching her students how to use decomposition to subtract fractions and mixed numbers. Throughout the video Gonzalez details her teaching strategies starting with an application, including high student motivation, and constant reflection and growth. This resource includes a transcript of the video (pdf).
Video
Grade Level: 4, 5, 6+
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This activity requires students to study freeway exit signs and interpret the information presented by comparing distances and telling how far between exits. The activity includes four different exit signs, each including fractions, challenge questions as well as guiding questions to help students think about the real world application of these signs. The site includes a downloadable file for the signs and a PDF of the entire activity.
Activity
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
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In this lesson students will develop strategies for adding and subtracting fractions as well as search for and generalize patterns while they investigate an everyday life fraction scenario involving a disappearing pizza. The lesson is based on the book "Fraction Fun" by David A. Adler.
Lesson Plans
Grade Level: 4, 5, 6+
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For teachers of grade 5, NCTM offers online resources, many interactive, that support teaching of the specific areas defined by NCTM as Focal Points. Focal points are clusters of related knowledge, skills, and concepts, and for Grade 5 they are Division of Whole Numbers, Fractions and Decimals and 3-D Shapes. Commentary and links to Focal Points for grades K-8 are provided. Links to background information and further training opportunities are provided.
Curriculum, Reference Materials
Grade Level: 5
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