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MA.4.1.01.a: Mathematics

Connect model, number word, and number using a variety of representations.

MA.4.1.01.b: Mathematics

Build understanding of place value (hundredths through ten thousands).

MA.4.1.01.c: Mathematics

Compare and order rational numbers.

MA.4.1.01.d: Mathematics

Make estimates of rational numbers in appropriate situations.

MA.4.1.02.a: Mathematics

Two-digit by two-digit multiplication (larger numbers with calculator).

MA.4.1.02.b: Mathematics

Up to three-digit by two-digit division (larger numbers with calculator).

MA.4.1.02.c: Mathematics

Strategies for multiplying and dividing numbers.

MA.4.1.02.d: Mathematics

Estimation of products and quotients in appropriate situations.

MA.4.1.02.e: Mathematics

Relationships between operations.

MA.4.1.03: Mathematics

Solve problems using models, diagrams, and reasoning about fractions and relationships among fractions involving halves, fourths, eighths, thirds, sixths, twelfths, fifths, tenths, hundredths, and mixed numbers.

MA.4.1.04.a: Mathematics

Develop and analyze strategies for adding and subtracting numbers.

MA.4.1.04.b: Mathematics

Estimate sums and differences.

MA.4.1.04.c: Mathematics

Judge the reasonableness of solutions.

MA.4.1.05: Mathematics

Develop flexibility in solving problems by selecting strategies and using mental computation, estimation, calculators or computers, and paper and pencil.

MA.4.2.01: Mathematics

Develop strategies to determine the area of rectangles and the perimeter of plane figures.

MA.4.2.02: Mathematics

Solve problems involving perimeter of plane figures and areas of rectangles.

MA.4.3.01: Mathematics

Use the coordinate system to describe the location and relative position of points and draw figures in the first quadrant.

MA.4.3.02: Mathematics

Describe the relative position of lines using concepts of parallelism and perpendicularity.

MA.4.3.03.a: Mathematics


MA.4.3.03.b: Mathematics


MA.4.3.03.c: Mathematics


MA.4.4.01: Mathematics

Collect, organize, analyze, and display data (including line graphs and bar graphs) to solve problems.

MA.4.4.02: Mathematics

Describe the distribution of data using median, range and mode.

MA.4.4.03: Mathematics

Solve problems by comparing two sets of related data.

MA.4.4.04: Mathematics

Design experiments and list all possible outcomes and probabilities for an event.

MA.4.5.01.a: Mathematics

Quantities change proportionally.

MA.4.5.01.b: Mathematics

Change in one quantity relates to change in a second quantity.

MA.4.5.02: Mathematics

Translate among symbolic, numeric, verbal, and pictorial representations of number relationships.

MA.4.5.03.a: Mathematics

Models, words, and numbers.

MA.4.5.03.b: Mathematics

Order of operations and the identity, commutative, associative, and distributive properties.

MA.4.1.01.a: Mathematics

Demonstrate multiple ways to represent numbers using models, words and symbolic representations.

MA.4.1.01.b: Mathematics

Identify the place and the value of a given digit in order to determine the magnitude of the number.

MA.4.1.01.c: Mathematics

Compare and order (including the use of symbolic notation).

MA.4.1.02.a: Mathematics

Use models, benchmarks (0,1/2,1, 1.5, 2 and so on), and reasoning to compare and order fractions and decimals.

MA.4.1.02.b.1: Mathematics

halves, fourths, eighths, and mixed numbers;

MA.4.1.02.b.2: Mathematics

thirds, sixths, twelfths, and mixed numbers;

MA.4.1.02.b.3: Mathematics

fifths, tenths, hundredths, and mixed numbers.

MA.4.1.02.c: Mathematics

Understand and use mixed numbers and their equivalent fraction forms.

MA.4.1.02.d: Mathematics

Make connections between fractions and decimals.

MA.4.1.03.a: Mathematics

tables 0-12;

MA.4.1.03.b: Mathematics

up to two-digit by one-digit multiplication;

MA.4.1.03.c: Mathematics

strategies for two-digit by two-digit multiplication (larger numbers with calculator);

MA.4.1.03.d: Mathematics

up to three-digit by one-digit division with and without remainders (larger numbers with calculator);

MA.4.1.03.e: Mathematics

estimation of products and quotients and justification of the reasonableness of solutions in meaningful contexts.

MA.4.1.04.a: Mathematics

Develop and analyze strategies for adding and subtracting numbers.

MA.4.1.04.b: Mathematics

Estimate sums and differences and justify the reasonableness of the solutions in meaningful contexts.

MA.4.2.01.a: Mathematics

the type of unit used to measure depends on the attribute being measured,

MA.4.2.01.b: Mathematics

larger units can be subdivided into equivalent units (partitioning),

MA.4.2.01.c: Mathematics

two objects can be compared in terms of a measurable quality using a third object (transitivity),

MA.4.2.01.d: Mathematics

the same unit can be repeated to determine the measure (iteration), and

MA.4.2.01.e: Mathematics

the relationship between the size of the unit and the number of units needed (compensatory principle).

MA.4.2.02: Mathematics

Develop and use personal benchmarks (referents) for metric measurements to estimate length, mass, capacity, and temperature.

MA.4.2.03: Mathematics

Select attributes and appropriate standard units and tools (metric) to estimate and measure length, mass, capacity, and temperature.

MA.4.2.04: Mathematics

Make simple unit conversions within the same measurement system (metric and customary).

MA.4.3.01: Mathematics

Identify and describe symmetry in two-dimensional shapes; create symmetrical shapes with line and/or rotational symmetry.

MA.4.3.02: Mathematics

Identify, predict, and describe the results of transformations of two-dimensional shapes using reflections, translations, and rotations.

MA.4.3.03.a: Mathematics

Cover regions using a variety of objects.

MA.4.3.03.b: Mathematics

Create physical and pictorial models of area with and without grids.

MA.4.3.03.c: Mathematics

Estimate and measure area of rectangles.

MA.4.3.03.d: Mathematics

Estimate and measure perimeter of two-dimensional shapes.

MA.4.3.03.e: Mathematics

Explore relationships between area and perimeter.

MA.4.4.01.a: Mathematics

Pose questions and design investigations that involve comparing two sets of related data each represented on the same type of graph using the same scale.

MA.4.4.01.b: Mathematics

Collect, organize, analyze and display data using various representations including line graphs.

MA.4.4.01.c: Mathematics

Analyze data presented in graphs, including circle graphs.

MA.4.4.01.d: Mathematics

Compare two distributions of data, including their shapes, measures of center (mode, median) and variability (minimum and maximum values, unusual data points, and range).

MA.4.4.02.a: Mathematics

Determine probability of an event from a context that includes a visual representation.

MA.4.4.02.b: Mathematics

List all possible outcomes (sample space) of a situation or an event.

MA.4.5.01.a: Mathematics

Use rules to describe these patterns as functional relationships (arithmetic sequences only).

MA.4.5.01.b: Mathematics

Create, extend, and find missing terms.

MA.4.5.02.a: Mathematics

Solve problems, including using variables to represent unknown quantities.

MA.4.5.02.b: Mathematics

Demonstrate an understanding of equality and simple inequality.

MA.4.5.02.c: Mathematics

Find the value of variables.

MA.4.5.03: Mathematics

Develop an understanding of and apply order of operations in meaningful contexts.

MA.4.6.01.a: Mathematics

Connect concepts and skills from previous years to current objectives.

MA.4.6.01.b: Mathematics

Connect concepts and skills from multiple strands to solve problems.

MA.4.6.02: Mathematics

Develop fluency in solving single and multi-step problems that arise in mathematics and in other contexts, building mathematical knowledge through problem solving.

MA.4.6.03.a: Mathematics

Understand situations and communicate mathematical problem solving.

MA.4.6.03.b: Mathematics

Make estimates with appropriate ranges.

MA.4.6.03.c: Mathematics

Reflect, extend and refine thinking.

MA.4.6.04.a: Mathematics

solve problems;

MA.4.6.04.b: Mathematics

communicate mathematical ideas;

MA.4.6.04.c: Mathematics

demonstrate understanding of problems and solutions through oral, pictorial, and written explanations.

MA.4.6.05: Mathematics

Create and use representations to organize, record and communicate mathematical ideas.
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