# Explore the Core: Math Problem Solving & Projects (Grade 4)          Explore the Core: Math Problem Solving & Projects (Grade 4)

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This book provides the tools necessary to capture the wonder and fun of mathematics while helping teachers and parents instruct the Common Core Mathematics Standards in a manageable way. This book focuses and connects to the Standards for Mathematical Content and Standards for Mathematical Practice, including: making sense of problems and persevere in solving them, modeling with mathematics, and using appropriate tools strategically. Featuring: a chart to monitor progress toward learning goal success; pre- & post-assessments for every Common Cores Standard domain; a problem set for every Common Core Standard; authentic challenge projects with real-world and technology integration; a detailed answer key. 80 pages.

Progress-Monitoring Chart
Domain 1: Operations & Algebraic Thinking
Pre/Post Assessment
Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems
4.oa.a.1. Interpret a multiplication equation as a comparison. 4.oa.a.2. Multiply or divide to solve word problems involving multiplicative comparison.

4.oa.a.3. Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted.
Gain familiarity with factors and multiples

4.oa.b.4. Find all factor pairs for a whole number in the range 1–100. Recognize that a whole number is a multiple of each of its factors. Determine whether a given whole number in the range 1–100 is a multiple of a given one-digit number. Determine whether a given whole number in the range 1–100 is prime or composite.

Generate and analyze patterns

4.oa.c.5. Generate a number or shape pattern that follows a given rule. Identify apparent features of the pattern that were not explicit in the rule itself.

Domain 2: number & operations in base ten
Pre/Post Assessment
Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers
4.nbt.a.1 Recognize that in a multi-digit whole number, a digit in one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to its right.(17)

4.nbt.a.2. Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.

4.nbt.a.3. Use place value understanding to round multi-digit whole numbers to any place.
Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic

4.nbt.b.4. Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.

4.nbt.b.5. Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.

4.nbt.b.6. Find whole-number quotients and remainders with up to four-digit dividends and one-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.

Domain 3: number & operations—Fractions
Pre/Post Assessment
Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering

4.nF.a.1. Explain why a fraction a/b is equivalent to a fraction (n × a)/(n × b) by using visual fraction models, with attention to how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions.

4.nF.a.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.

Build fractions from unit fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers

4.nF.b.3. Understand a fraction a/b with a > 1 as a sum of fractions 1/b.
a. Understand addition and subtraction of fractions as joining and separating parts referring to the same whole.
b. Decompose a fraction into a sum of fractions with the same denominator in more than one way, recording each decomposition by an equation.
c. Add and subtract mixed numbers with like denominators, e.g., by replacing each mixed number with an equivalent fraction, and/or by using properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction.
d. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole and having like denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem.

4.nF.b.4. Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction by a whole number. a. Understand a fraction a/b as a multiple of 1/b. For example, use a visual fraction model to represent 5/4 as the product 5 × (1/4), recording the conclusion by the equation 5/4 = 5 × (1/4). b. Understand a multiple of a/b as a multiple of 1/b, and use this understanding to multiply a fraction by a whole number. For example, use a visual fraction model to express 3 × (2/5) as 6 × (1/5), recognizing this product as 6/5. (In general, n × (a/b) = (n × a)/b.) c. Solve word problems involving multiplication of a fraction by a whole number, e.g., by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem.

Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions

4.nF.c.5. Express a fraction with denominator 10 as an equivalent fraction with denominator 100, and use this technique to add two fractions with respective denominators 10 and 100.

4.nF.c.6. Use decimal notation for fractions with denominators 10 or 100.

4.nF.c.7. Compare two decimals to hundredths by reasoning about their size. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two decimals refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with the symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions.

Domain 4: measurement & Data
Pre/Post Assessment
Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit

4.mD.a.1. Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Record measurement equivalents in a two-column table.

4.mD.a.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.

4.mD.a.3. Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems.

Represent and interpret data

4.mD.b.4. Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit (1/2, 1/4, 1/8). Solve problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions by using information presented in line plots.

Geometric measurement: understand concepts of angle and measure

4.mD.c.5. Recognize angles as geometric shapes that are formed wherever two rays share a common endpoint, and understand concepts of angle measurement:
a. An angle is measured with reference to a circle with its center at the common endpoint of the rays, by considering the fraction of the circular arc between the points where the two rays intersect the circle.
b. An angle that turns through 1/360 of a circle is called a “one- degree angle,” and can be used to measure angles. An angle that turns through n one-degree angles is said to have an angle measure of n degrees.

4.mD.c.6. Measure angles in whole-number degrees using a protractor. Sketch angles of specified measure

4.mD.c.7. Recognize angle measure as additive. When an angle is decomposed into non-overlapping parts, the angle measure of the whole is the sum of the angle measures of the parts. Solve addition and subtraction problems to find unknown angles on a diagram in real world and mathematical problems.

Domain 5: Geometry
Pre/Post Assessment
Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles

4.g.a.1. Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures.

4.g.a.2. Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles.

4.g.a.3. Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry.

Authentic Challenge Projects
Description
Project #1: “Plan a Family Trip”
Project #2: “What is Your Opinion?”
Project #3: “What is the Best Breakfast Cereal?”