Explore the Core: Fourth Grade Math Problem Solving & Projects
This series 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. Each 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.
This supplementary workbook was designed to highlight each standard in each standard domain of the Common Core math standards through thoughtful problems that encourage students to make sense of problems and persist to solve them. Each chapter holds a pre/post-test to assess student's abilities in each domain, and then five practice problems for each standard within that domain. The five questions are an assortment of formats, some straight equations, some word problems, etc., all using the same mathematical principle to solve but challenging the student to recognize the concept presented in different ways. A chart for recording scores and monitoring progress is at the front of the book. The back of the book holds three Authentic Challenge Projects constructed to encourage students in higher-level thinking, technology integration, authentic connections, and engaged learning. Each project is interesting, well-developed, and applicable to the real world. The first involves planning a family trip (or school field trip), comparing two options in terms of budget, pros and cons, and a persuasive video explaining their choice. The second takes students through using Google Form to administer and analyze opinions about an issue, and the third utilizes spreadsheet software to collect and analyze data to determine the best cereal, taking into consideration such factors as price, taste, and size. The projects were created with a classroom in mind, but could easily be adapted for one student, and that student would take away a lot! Answers are in the back. If you are homeschooling and your student has to take PARCC exams, this could be part of your test prep. Pb, 80pp ~Sara