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Title: Roll 'N Round to Win
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This lesson is a handson, gamebased lesson. It should be part of a larger unit of study on number sense, estimation, and/or place value. The lesson involves students in a gamebased activity which gives them a concrete understanding of the relationship between number values, place value, and the accepted mathematical rule for rounding numbers.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (3) 11: Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction. [3NBT2]
Subject: Mathematics (3)
Title: Roll 'N Round to Win
Description: This lesson is a handson, gamebased lesson. It should be part of a larger unit of study on number sense, estimation, and/or place value. The lesson involves students in a gamebased activity which gives them a concrete understanding of the relationship between number values, place value, and the accepted mathematical rule for rounding numbers.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
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Title: Are We There Yet?
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In this lesson, students will work collaboratively to solve subtraction word problems. Students will solve distance word problems to find the difference between any 3digit number and 1,000.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (3) 11: Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction. [3NBT2]
Subject: Mathematics (3  4), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Are We There Yet?
Description: In this lesson, students will work collaboratively to solve subtraction word problems. Students will solve distance word problems to find the difference between any 3digit number and 1,000.
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Title: Why DO we Carry the One?
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The students will critically think through the traditional algorithm for addition and compare to an alternative strategy.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (3) 11: Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction. [3NBT2]
Subject: Mathematics (3)
Title: Why DO we Carry the One?
Description: The students will critically think through the traditional algorithm for addition and compare to an alternative strategy.
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Title: Fun with Problem Solving
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The object of this lesson is to teach students that problem solving can be interesting and fun. It is important to pay attention to what is asked and information that is in the problem.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 8: Fluently multiply multidigit whole numbers using the standard algorithm. [5NBT5]
Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Mathematics (3  5), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Fun with Problem Solving
Description: The object of this lesson is to teach students that problem solving can be interesting and fun. It is important to pay attention to what is asked and information that is in the problem.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
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Title: Estimation Station
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During this lesson students will learn the difference between estimation and guessing. Knowing how to estimate is an essential skill that will help students determine approximate totals as well as check the reasonableness of their answer to a problem. After listening to the book Betcha by Stuart J. Murphy, the students will be given opportunities to practice the strategies that are presented. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 3: Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having wholenumber answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding. [4OA3]
Subject: Character Education (K  12), or Mathematics (3  4)
Title: Estimation Station
Description: During this lesson students will learn the difference between estimation and guessing. Knowing how to estimate is an essential skill that will help students determine approximate totals as well as check the reasonableness of their answer to a problem. After listening to the book Betcha by Stuart J. Murphy, the students will be given opportunities to practice the strategies that are presented. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
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Title: Number Clues
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This lesson allows students to observe and participate in problem solving activites involving mystery numbers, clues, and characteristics of numbers.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 3: Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having wholenumber answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding. [4OA3]
Subject: Mathematics (3  4)
Title: Number Clues
Description: This lesson allows students to observe and participate in problem solving activites involving mystery numbers, clues, and characteristics of numbers.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
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Title: "No More Money Trouble"
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This lesson will allow students to identify and count money. They will enjoy playing with coins that look like real money. This lesson is guaranteed to motivate students through the use of handson and cooperative group activities. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (3) 11: Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction. [3NBT2]
Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K  3), or Technology Education (K  2)
Title: "No More Money Trouble"
Description: This lesson will allow students to identify and count money. They will enjoy playing with coins that look like real money. This lesson is guaranteed to motivate students through the use of handson and cooperative group activities. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
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Title: "All in the Family"
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A cooperative unit where students work together and use a variety of math skills to establish budgets and compare and compute the best buys. Students will continue practicing their writing skills by writing thank you notes to local merchants.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 10: Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method, and explain the reasoning used. [5NBT7]
Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Mathematics (3  5)
Title: "All in the Family"
Description: A cooperative unit where students work together and use a variety of math skills to establish budgets and compare and compute the best buys. Students will continue practicing their writing skills by writing thank you notes to local merchants.
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Title: Quest for The Rajah's Rice
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After reading The Rajah's Rice, a mathematical folktale by Dave Barry, students will complete a WebQuest. The WebQuest includes a compare/contrast activity, a recipe activity, and opportunities for more extensions related to the story.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 14: Understand a fraction ^{a}/_{b} with a > 1 as a sum of fractions ^{1}/_{b}. [4NF3]
Subject: Mathematics (3  4), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Quest for The Rajah's Rice
Description: After reading The Rajah's Rice, a mathematical folktale by Dave Barry, students will complete a WebQuest. The WebQuest includes a compare/contrast activity, a recipe activity, and opportunities for more extensions related to the story.
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Title: "Hanging Out the Laundry" with Place Value
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As an introduction to the thousands place in place value, students will first practice with place value mats and base ten blocks. Then students will play "hanging out the laundry" for more practice with place value. Additional practice can be gained by accessing the website provided.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 7: Read and write multidigit whole numbers using baseten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multidigit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons. [4NBT2]
Subject: Mathematics (3  4), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: "Hanging Out the Laundry" with Place Value
Description: As an introduction to the thousands place in place value, students will first practice with place value mats and base ten blocks. Then students will play "hanging out the laundry" for more practice with place value. Additional practice can be gained by accessing the website provided.
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Title: ThreeDigit Subtraction
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This lesson uses technology and literature to teach subtraction of threedigit numbers, including subtraction across zeros.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 9: Fluently add and subtract multidigit whole numbers using the standard algorithm. [4NBT4]
Subject: Mathematics (3  4)
Title: ThreeDigit Subtraction
Description: This lesson uses technology and literature to teach subtraction of threedigit numbers, including subtraction across zeros.
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Title: Communicating about Mathematics Using Games
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The mathematical game in this fourlesson unit from Illuminations fosters mathematical communication as students explain and justify their moves to one another. In addition, the game motivates students and engages them in thinking about and applying concepts and skills.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 13: 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. [4NF2]
Subject: Mathematics,Professional Development Title: Communicating about Mathematics Using Games
Description: The mathematical game in this fourlesson unit from Illuminations fosters mathematical communication as students explain and justify their moves to one another. In addition, the game motivates students and engages them in thinking about and applying concepts and skills. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Math Tricks: Always a 4
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This podcast was created to motivate students with a math trick that they can share with friends and family. Students are practicing several math concepts while they preform the trick. Pi the Math Guy, will lead your students through the steps. A transcript and a handout of the steps are included. Don't forget to check out the next episode for a new fun math trick. Standard(s):
[MA2013] (4) 10: Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a onedigit whole number, and multiply two twodigit 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. [4NBT5]
Math Tricks: Always a 4 Overview: This podcast was created to motivate students with a math trick that they can share with friends and family. Students are practicing several math concepts while they preform the trick. Pi the Math Guy, will lead your students through the steps. A transcript and a handout of the steps are included. Don't forget to check out the next episode for a new fun math trick.
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Title: Math in the Real World
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This podcast is a creation of six students from Stephens Elementary. Their class went on a Math Walk one afternoon and were challenged to created a math problem based upon what they found. They then shared their solutions on camera. Standard(s):
[MA2013] (3) 11: Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction. [3NBT2]
Math in the Real World Overview: This podcast is a creation of six students from Stephens Elementary. Their class went on a Math Walk one afternoon and were challenged to created a math problem based upon what they found. They then shared their solutions on camera.
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Title: Family Time: What Does it Cost? PBL
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This is a unit plan that requires students to create a family vacation plan, a budget, and a schedule. Minilessons are included for prerequisite skills. Rubrics are also included.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 20: 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. [4MD2]
Family Time: What Does it Cost? PBL
http://wveis.k12.wv....
This is a unit plan that requires students to create a family vacation plan, a budget, and a schedule. Minilessons are included for prerequisite skills. Rubrics are also included.
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Title: Show Me How to Subtract with Regrouping
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This is a stepbystep video demonstrating how to subtract 2digit numbers with regrouping. It includes demonstrations with base 10 units.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 9: Fluently add and subtract multidigit whole numbers using the standard algorithm. [4NBT4]
Show Me How to Subtract with Regrouping
http://www.mathplayg...
This is a stepbystep video demonstrating how to subtract 2digit numbers with regrouping. It includes demonstrations with base 10 units.
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Title: Math Quizzer: Basic Math
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Math Quizzer is an interactive math game that reinforce basic skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The math "flashcard" approach allows beginners to learn at their own pace while also allowing intermediate and advance levels to be challenged based on speed.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (3) 12: Multiply onedigit whole numbers by multiples of 10 in the range 10  90 (e.g., 9 x 80, 5 x 60) using strategies based on place value and properties of operations. [3NBT3]
Math Quizzer: Basic Math
http://itunes.apple....
Math Quizzer is an interactive math game that reinforce basic skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The math "flashcard" approach allows beginners to learn at their own pace while also allowing intermediate and advance levels to be challenged based on speed.
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Title: FunBrain  Math Baseball
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For this interactive game, FUNBRAIN gives the student a math problem. The student enters the answer to the problem and hits the "Swing" button. If the answer is correct, the student will get a hit. FUNBRAIN will decide if the hit is a single, double, triple, or home run based on the difficulty of the problem. If the answer is wrong, the student will get an out. The game is over after three outs. One or 2 players may play and problems are available for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or all of the above.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 11: Find wholenumber quotients and remainders with up to fourdigit dividends and onedigit 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. [4NBT6]
FunBrain  Math Baseball
http://www.funbrain....
For this interactive game, FUNBRAIN gives the student a math problem. The student enters the answer to the problem and hits the "Swing" button. If the answer is correct, the student will get a hit. FUNBRAIN will decide if the hit is a single, double, triple, or home run based on the difficulty of the problem. If the answer is wrong, the student will get an out. The game is over after three outs. One or 2 players may play and problems are available for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or all of the above.
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Title: Math Quizzer: Basic Math
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Math Quizzer is an interactive math game that reinforce basic skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The math "flashcard" approach allows beginners to learn at their own pace while also allowing intermediate and advance levels to be challenged based on speed.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (3) 12: Multiply onedigit whole numbers by multiples of 10 in the range 10  90 (e.g., 9 x 80, 5 x 60) using strategies based on place value and properties of operations. [3NBT3]
Math Quizzer: Basic Math
http://itunes.apple....
Math Quizzer is an interactive math game that reinforce basic skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The math "flashcard" approach allows beginners to learn at their own pace while also allowing intermediate and advance levels to be challenged based on speed.
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Title: Math vs Zombies
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Save yourself from a Zombie attach using Math as your weapon. Students will practice basic math facts at three different levels of difficulty. Skills: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division. This is a free app for iPhone or iPad
Standard(s): [MA2013] (3) 11: Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction. [3NBT2]
Math vs Zombies
http://itunes.apple....
Save yourself from a Zombie attach using Math as your weapon. Students will practice basic math facts at three different levels of difficulty. Skills: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division. This is a free app for iPhone or iPad
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Title: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally As She Makes the Number 24
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The students get 4 numbers presented on a number card. With these numbers and an interactive calculator, students try to compute the number 24. Students use order of operations to solve a numerical expression that equal 24.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (6) 15: Identify when two expressions are equivalent (i.e., when the two expressions name the same number regardless of which value is substituted into them). [6EE4]
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally As She Makes the Number 24
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The students get 4 numbers presented on a number card. With these numbers and an interactive calculator, students try to compute the number 24. Students use order of operations to solve a numerical expression that equal 24.
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Title: Place Value Practice
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It is a interactive site that allows the students to practice place value strategies. They have to know place and value. It is a review for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing using strategies. A simple website that gives the students immediate feedback
Standard(s): [MA2013] (3) 11: Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction. [3NBT2]
Place Value Practice
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It is a interactive site that allows the students to practice place value strategies. They have to know place and value. It is a review for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing using strategies. A simple website that gives the students immediate feedback
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Title: FunBrain  Math Baseball
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For this interactive game, FUNBRAIN gives the student a math problem. The student enters the answer to the problem and hits the "Swing" button. If the answer is correct, the student will get a hit. FUNBRAIN will decide if the hit is a single, double, triple, or home run based on the difficulty of the problem. If the answer is wrong, the student will get an out. The game is over after three outs. One or 2 players may play and problems are available for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or all of the above.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 11: Find wholenumber quotients and remainders with up to fourdigit dividends and onedigit 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. [4NBT6]
FunBrain  Math Baseball
http://www.funbrain....
For this interactive game, FUNBRAIN gives the student a math problem. The student enters the answer to the problem and hits the "Swing" button. If the answer is correct, the student will get a hit. FUNBRAIN will decide if the hit is a single, double, triple, or home run based on the difficulty of the problem. If the answer is wrong, the student will get an out. The game is over after three outs. One or 2 players may play and problems are available for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or all of the above.
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Title: Daily Math Puzzles
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Paul Godding is the creator of this daily math puzzle blog. Daily math puzzles/and or games are posted that contain basic mathematical skills. Students may submit their solutions to the puzzles. Also, available at this site are links to the Apple Store where Apps may be purchased for iphone, ipad, and ipod.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (3) 12: Multiply onedigit whole numbers by multiples of 10 in the range 10  90 (e.g., 9 x 80, 5 x 60) using strategies based on place value and properties of operations. [3NBT3]
Daily Math Puzzles
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Paul Godding is the creator of this daily math puzzle blog. Daily math puzzles/and or games are posted that contain basic mathematical skills. Students may submit their solutions to the puzzles. Also, available at this site are links to the Apple Store where Apps may be purchased for iphone, ipad, and ipod.
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Title: Number and Operations Web Links
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This collection of Web links, reviewed and presented by Illuminations, offers teachers and students information about and practice in concepts related to arithmetic. Users can read the Illuminations Editorial Board's review of each Web site, or choose to link directly to the sites.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 26: Classify twodimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties. [5G4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Number and Operations Web Links
Description: This collection of Web links, reviewed and presented by Illuminations, offers teachers and students information about and practice in concepts related to arithmetic. Users can read the Illuminations Editorial Board's review of each Web site, or choose to link directly to the sites. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Number Cruncher
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This tool, created by Science NetLinks, challenges students to consider mathematical equations to get from one number to another in a math maze. Students use a series of addition, subtraction, and multiplication equations to reach their goal. From here you can access a review of this resource for grades 38. You can access reviews for additional grades and benchmarks using the navigation links at the top of the review.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 9: Fluently add and subtract multidigit whole numbers using the standard algorithm. [4NBT4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Number Cruncher
Description: This tool, created by Science NetLinks, challenges students to consider mathematical equations to get from one number to another in a math maze. Students use a series of addition, subtraction, and multiplication equations to reach their goal. From here you can access a review of this resource for grades 38. You can access reviews for additional grades and benchmarks using the navigation links at the top of the review. Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
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Title: Communicating about Mathematics Using Games: Playing Fraction Tracks
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Mathematical games can foster mathematical communication as students explain and justify their moves to one another. In addition, games can motivate students and engage them in thinking about and applying concepts and skills. This eexample from Illuminations contains an interactive version of a game that can be used in the grades 35 classroom to support students' learning about fractions. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (PSSM). The eexamples are part of the electronic version of the PSSM document. Given their interactive nature and focused discussion tied to the PSSM document, the eexamples are natural companions to the iMath investigations.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 26: Classify twodimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties. [5G4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Communicating about Mathematics Using Games: Playing Fraction Tracks
Description: Mathematical games can foster mathematical communication as students explain and justify their moves to one another. In addition, games can motivate students and engage them in thinking about and applying concepts and skills. This eexample from Illuminations contains an interactive version of a game that can be used in the grades 35 classroom to support students' learning about fractions. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (PSSM). The eexamples are part of the electronic version of the PSSM document. Given their interactive nature and focused discussion tied to the PSSM document, the eexamples are natural companions to the iMath investigations. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Electronic Abacus
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, explores the use of an abacus model for representing numbers and for performing addition. Students can work through several different activities, all of which explore addition.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (3) 11: Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction. [3NBT2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Electronic Abacus
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, explores the use of an abacus model for representing numbers and for performing addition. Students can work through several different activities, all of which explore addition. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5
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Title: Primary Krypto
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and addition in a fun environment. In the game of Krypto, students combine numbers with mathematical operations to obtain a target number.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (7) 6: Solve realworld and mathematical problems involving the four operations with rational numbers. (Computations with rational numbers extend the rules for manipulating fractions to complex fractions.) [7NS3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Primary Krypto
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and addition in a fun environment. In the game of Krypto, students combine numbers with mathematical operations to obtain a target number. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

