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Title: What's Your Question? Multiplication Word Problems
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Students will explore multiplication and word problems. They will work cooperatively to examine a story scenarioand list possible questions to develop a completed word problem and solve it using a variety of strategies. The students will also create a word problem using an online story creator.
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]
Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: What's Your Question? Multiplication Word Problems
Description: Students will explore multiplication and word problems. They will work cooperatively to examine a story scenarioand list possible questions to develop a completed word problem and solve it using a variety of strategies. The students will also create a word problem using an online story creator.
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Title: Multiplication My Way
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In this lesson, students will explore the US Algorithm Method of multiplication using a unique way of describing it known as the Turtlehead Method. Students will collaboratively work together to complete story problems using the US Algorithm Method of multiplication to solve twodigit by twodigit multiplication problems.
Standard(s): [TC2] (35) 2: Use various technology applications, including word processing and multimedia software.
Subject: Mathematics (4  5), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Multiplication My Way
Description: In this lesson, students will explore the US Algorithm Method of multiplication using a unique way of describing it known as the Turtlehead Method. Students will collaboratively work together to complete story problems using the US Algorithm Method of multiplication to solve twodigit by twodigit multiplication problems.
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Title: Nursery Rhyme Word Problems
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In this lesson students will create basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division word problems using common nursery rhymes. Students will distinguish the key elements of word problems and incorporate those elements into a nursery rhyme.
Standard(s): [TC2] (35) 12: Create a product using digital tools.
Subject: Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Nursery Rhyme Word Problems
Description: In this lesson students will create basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division word problems using common nursery rhymes. Students will distinguish the key elements of word problems and incorporate those elements into a nursery rhyme.
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Title: Miss Integer finds her properties in order.
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A lesson on: Order of Operations, Integers, Numerical Sentences, and Absolute Value.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) 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]
Subject: Mathematics (4  6)
Title: Miss Integer finds her properties in order.
Description: A lesson on: Order of Operations, Integers, Numerical Sentences, and Absolute Value.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: Area Model of Multiplication Using Base 10 Manipulatives
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Students will use base 10 manipulatives to build a rectangular array to represent double digit multiplication. Students will make the connection between the standard algorithm and the rectangular array.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: Mathematics (4  5)
Title: Area Model of Multiplication Using Base 10 Manipulatives
Description: Students will use base 10 manipulatives to build a rectangular array to represent double digit multiplication. Students will make the connection between the standard algorithm and the rectangular array.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: Modeling Multiplication with Rows and Columns
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This lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, encourages students to explore the array model of multiplication. Students make arrays with counters and then create a second concrete example of the array model using toothpicks. They also write problems that involve multiplication. A children s book is suggested to connect multiplication with children s literature. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
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]
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Modeling Multiplication with Rows and Columns
Description: This lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, encourages students to explore the array model of multiplication. Students make arrays with counters and then create a second concrete example of the array model using toothpicks. They also write problems that involve multiplication. A children s book is suggested to connect multiplication with children s literature. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Finding Products
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students examine the role of commutativity and the multiplicative identity, play a multiplication game, and explore products where one of the factors is 6. They also create a personal multiplication chart.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 22: Relate volume to the operations of multiplication and addition, and solve realworld and mathematical problems involving volume. [5MD5]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Finding Products
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students examine the role of commutativity and the multiplicative identity, play a multiplication game, and explore products where one of the factors is 6. They also create a personal multiplication chart. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
ALEX Podcasts
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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: Lattice Multiplication
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"Lattice Multiplication" is another strategy to help multiplication make sense. Fourth grade students demonstrate and explain the steps of lattice multiplication. Standard(s):
[MA2013] (5) 9: Find wholenumber quotients of whole numbers with up to fourdigit dividends and twodigit 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. [5NBT6]
Lattice Multiplication Overview: "Lattice Multiplication" is another strategy to help multiplication make sense. Fourth grade students demonstrate and explain the steps of lattice multiplication.
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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: 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: Factortris
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This interactive game requires students to create a rectangle with area of the number given.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 9: Find wholenumber quotients of whole numbers with up to fourdigit dividends and twodigit 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. [5NBT6]
Factortris
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This interactive game requires students to create a rectangle with area of the number given.
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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.
Thinkfinity Informational Materials
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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
Thinkfinity Interactive Games
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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

