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Thursday, August 8, 2013

What Should a 3rd Grader Learn Verus a 4th Grader?

Easy Question.......................................
Take time to understand the expectations of a 3rd Grader and a 4th Grade using the Common Core Standards.

Since learning standards are expressed in a progression of learning, you can clearly identify what each grade level concepts should be mastered.
I expect a 3rd Grader to be able to...
At 4th Grade, they should also be able to ...

  Let the Common Core Standards help you to define the differences of your expectations, versus
 "This is what I think you should know."

For example, the Common Core Committee defined what math skills students should be fluent in from Grades K to 7 in a Document titled, "Model Content Frameworks for Mathematics."

In Third Grade
3.OA.7Students fluently multiply and divide within 100. By the end of grade 3, they know all products of two one-digit numbers from memory.
3.NBT.2Students 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. (Although 3.OA.7 and 3.NBT.2 are both fluency standards, these two standards do not represent equal investments of time in grade 3. Note that students in grade 2 were already adding and subtracting within 1000, just not fluently. That makes 3.NBT.2 a relatively small and incremental expectation. By contrast, multiplication and division are new in grade 3, and meeting the multiplication and division fluency standard 3.OA.7 with understanding is a major portion of students’ work in grade 3.)

In Fourth Grade
4.NBT.4Students fluently add and subtract multidigit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
In Fifth Grade
5.NBT.5Students fluently multiply multidigit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
I plan to do more specific posts with examples to explain how to use the Common Core Standards to guide your instruction, because I know you worry about doing your best for your multi- grade class.

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