Fractions are fun! Get ready to dive into this potentially daunting topic with all the support you’ll need for your diverse mathematicians. With carefully sequenced lessons, full-color graphics, and carefully paired hands-on activities, fractions will come alive and – more importantly – make sense for your fabulous 4th grade fraction fans.
4th Grade Unit 4 Mini-Units
- Mini-Unit 1: Fraction Equivalence & Comparison
- Mini-Unit 2: Adding & Subtracting Fractions
- Mini-Unit 3: Multiplying Fractions
Mini-Unit 1: Fraction Equivalence & Comparison
This Mini-Unit comes packed with 4 lessons designed to get your students fluent with fractions, fraction equivalence, and benchmark fractions. Beginning with a thorough review of basic fraction concepts, students can refresh (or learn for the first time) the building blocks of fraction understanding that will be so important in the years to come. Including tenths and hundredths, students will explore equivalent fractions conceptually and mathematically, so that they will be able to handle any fraction assignment with confidence. Even fraction comparison is carefully guided, so students can refer to basic unit size and number first, and then move on to more involved strategies as needed.
Mini-Unit 2: Adding & Subtracting Fractions
Even through 4th graders aren’t working with difference denominators yet, there is so much they CAN do with fractions this year. Lesson 1 sets them up to understand unit size as it relates to adding fractions. They won’t perform the operation yet, but they WILL think critically about the circumstances needed to do so. From there, students will decompose fractions into collections of units multiple ways and compose fractions as the sums of their units. Addition with common denominators is then related to decomposing and composing units. Increasingly complex sums will be found with “models and math”, including composing a whole while adding fractions less than one, adding improper fractions and mixed numbers, converting improper fractions to mixed numbers, and reducing sums to their simplest form.
The process to subtract fractions goes through a similar structure, starting simple and increasing in complexity. Much focus is put on decomposing wholes in order to subtract. Students will model, think about, and explain the subtraction process. The final lesson uses word problems to tie fractions to real life, as well as revisiting the word problem solving process already visited so many times this year in the Guided Math Curriculum
Mini-Unit 3: Multiplying Fractions
Mini-Unit 3 helps 4th graders tie multiplication to repeated addition. Fractions will be decomposed into their unit fraction and whole number factors and related to the addition expression using unit fractions that also equals the same fraction. Students will multiply fractions times whole numbers with models, drawings, and mathematics. Multiplication equations will also be distributed into (whole number x numerator) x unit fraction, to further highlight the many ways fractions can be understood. Again, students will practice multiplying improper fractions and mixed numbers, thinking about the best way to multiply when there are often more wholes to be composed. And, finally, students will solve single and multi-step word problems involving multiplying fractions by whole numbers.
Digital Guided Math Activities Included!
Each component of the 4th Grade Guided Math Curriculum comes in printable and digital versions to maximize your flexibility teaching these important concepts. YOU can choose which version of each lesson component should be used – and when – for your diverse learners.
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