Math Grades 3-5

Math Makes Money

Math Makes Money
We are all familiar with the term "reading first" and you can't argue that literacy is important. However, when it comes to kids making more money later in life, more math may mean more money. A recent study published by…
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Measuring Length with Fractions

Measuring Length with Fractions
Students in 3rd grade are expected to measure length to the nearest whole inch, half inch and quarter inch. In order for students to be successful in measuring length and representing that length as fractions, consider using paper rulers to…
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The Year Game

The Year Game
It's January, and the beginning of a new calendar year. The NCTM Math Forum annually holds a contest for students to determine if they can use the digits in the year along with any of the operation symbols, a decimal…
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Sense Making and Multiplication

Sense Making and Multiplication
Checkout this video from www.teachingchannel.org to see students build fact fluency as they discover how 1-digit multiplication can help with 2- and 3-digits, too. This is a great example of students engaging in "SMP 7: Look for and make use…
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Magnify an Inch!

Magnify an Inch!
Students in 3rd grade are expected to measure length to the nearest whole inch, half inch and quarter inch. (See the item specifications listed below). It is helpful to begin this learning by relating one whole inch to one whole…
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Are your 4th graders still struggling with their basic facts?

Are your 4th graders still struggling with their basic facts?
While the 3rd grade standard MAFS.3.OA.3.7 states, "By the end of grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.", this is, unfortunately, not always the case. There are often 4th grade students who are attempting to build…
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It’s That Time!

It’s That Time!
In 3rd grade, students are expected to: • Tell and write time to the nearest minute • Use analog and digital clocks to tell time • Measure time intervals in minutes • Solve word problems that involve addition and subtraction…
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Should I take the road less traveled?

Should I take the road less traveled?
We've all heard the saying, "The shortest distance between two points is a straight line." Last week, as I was walking around a school, I thought to myself, is that saying true? Are there certain routes within a school building…
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Lesson Studies: Begin with selecting mathematical goals and tasks

Lesson Studies: Begin with selecting mathematical goals and tasks
Looking for a way to refine your math lessons? It is tough to go this alone, so why not work together with your peers. Lesson Studies are a fantastic approach in working together as a team to share, develop, and…
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Proving Equivalent Fractions with Models

Proving Equivalent Fractions with Models
In 3rd grade, students are expected to generate simple equivalent fractions. Example: 1/2 = 4/8 and 4/6 = 2/3. Models should be used to help students identify equivalent fractions. Sentence strips or strips of paper cut into congruent rectangles can…
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Awesome Math Challenges!

Awesome Math Challenges!
Check out the website MashUp Math for awesome math challenges! These are great way to get students excited about math and stretch their algebraic thinking!
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Comparing Fractions: What’s Important?

Comparing Fractions: What’s Important?
In 3rd grade, students are expected to compare two fractions that have either the same numerator or the same denominator. When comparing fractions, it is important for students to understand the value of the fraction and consider both the numerator…
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5th Grade HCTM Problem of The Month Winner for December!

5th Grade HCTM Problem of The Month Winner for December!
Congratulations to the 5th grade winner of the Problem of the Month competition for December! The winner is Noah from Ms. Cannella’s classroom at Mitchell Elementary.
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Money, money, money!

Money, money, money!
Like most people, for my New Year resolution, I resolved to save more money!!! To accomplish this, I plan to save all my dimes in a Mason jar "bank." My goal is to fill the mason jar completely! Your task…
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Multiple Multi-digit Multiplication Strategies

Multiple Multi-digit Multiplication Strategies
MAFS.4.NBT.2.5 states that 4th graders should be able to: 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…
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Modeling Multiplicative Comparison

Modeling Multiplicative Comparison
Using simple bar models, often referred to as the "Singapore method", to represent the mathematical relationships in comparison word problems helps students organize their thinking to more easily make sense of the problems and generate equations. Drawing bar models provides…
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Tracking Behavior on a Number Line

Tracking Behavior on a Number Line
Check out the video below for a quick and easy way to reinforce mathematics concepts on a number line.
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HCTM Problem of The Month Fourth Grade Edition January 2017

HCTM Problem of The Month Fourth Grade Edition January 2017
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Where is the Math?

Where is the Math?
What math do you see in this picture? According to the Standards for Mathematical Practices, "Mathematically proficient students make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations." How might students make sense of the quantities in this picture? What…
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Use an Area Model to Represent Fractions

Use an Area Model to Represent Fractions
For information on using an area model to represent fractions, visit:
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