Module 1 - Math 4A - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this module students will write multiplication equations and will learn multiplication comparisons. Students will solve equations with an unknown and will identify parts of word problems. Students will translate comparisons into equations with an unknown and solve. Students will learn about Interpretation, estimation strategies, and remainders.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Writing Multiplication pen or pencil
*Math 4A Workbook, ISBN 978-1-63916-099-0 (optional)
2 Multiplicative Comparison pen or pencil;
3 Solving Basic Equations pen or pencil;
4 Parts of a Word Problem pen or pencil;
5 Translation into Equations pen or pencil;
6 Interpretation pen or pencil;
7 Estimation Strategies pen or pencil;
8 Remainders pen or pencil;

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Writing Multiplication
  1. Create a multiplication table.
  2. Write multiplication equations to match a given multiplication story.
  3. Write a multiplication story to match a given multiplication equation.
2 Multiplicative Comparison
  1. Define multiplicative comparison.
  2. Write multiplication sentences to represent multiplicative comparisons.
3 Solving Basic Equations
  1. Solve basic multiplication equations for an unknown.
4 Parts of a Word Problem
  1. Identify the known and unknown parts of a word problem.
5 Translation into Equations
  1. Translate comparative situations into equations with an unknown, and solve the equations.
6 Interpretation
  1. Demonstrate how to interpret word problems.
7 Estimation Strategies
  1. Use acceptable estimation strategies to solve word problems.
  2. Explain the solution to a word problem using estimation strategies.
8 Remainders
  1. Add two multi-digit whole numbers with accuracy, efficiency, and flexibility.

Module Key Words:

Key Words
multiplication table
multiplicative comparison
multiplication sentence
word problem
operation words
compatible number

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
2 Multiplicative Comparison 4 Multiplication Comparison Assignment
3 Solving Basic Equations 4 Solving Basic Equations Assignment
4 Parts of a Word Problem 6 Parts of a Word Problem Practice
5 Translation into Equations 2 Translations Into Equations Practice
6 Interpretation 8 Interpretation Practice
7 Estimation Strategies 8 Estimating Word Problem Practice
8 Remainders 6 Remainder Practice

Learning Coach Notes:


Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
Writing Multiplication
  1. What is multiplication?
Multiplicative Comparison
  1. Why is it helpful to make comparisons when multiplying?
Solving Basic Equations
  1. What is an unknown in a math problem?
Parts of a Word Problem
  1. What is an equation?
  2. What are the parts of a word problem?
Translation into Equations
  1. What is an equation?
  1. What are some strategies you can use for estimation?
  2. What are some key words that describe mathematical operations?
Estimation Strategies
  1. What strategies do you use to solve word problems?
  2. What are compatible numbers?
  3. How can estimation help you solve word problems?
  1. What does remainder mean?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Writing Multiplication Writing a Problem Using a Multiplication Sentence
  1. What steps does this teacher use to solve the problems in this video?
Solving Basic Equations Variables or Mathematical Code
  1. How are symbols used in the mathematical world?
  2. How can symbols represent variables?
Parts of a Word Problem Equations with Variables
  1. What is an equation?
  2. Write down examples of equations from this video in your Math notebook.
Parts of a Word Problem Solving for an Unknown
  1. What are the steps involved in finding the unknown in a math problem?
Translation into Equations Equations with Variables
  1. What is an equation?
  2. How do you use a variable to find an unknown number?
Interpretation Estimation
  1. What does it mean to estimate?
  2. When would you have to use estimation in life?
Interpretation Applying Estimation to Word Problems
  1. What steps does the teacher use to apply estimation to word problems?
Estimation Strategies Word Problems
  1. What is a word problem?
  2. What are some steps to solving word problems?
Estimation Strategies Estimation Strategy
  1. What strategies do the biologists use to track population?
Remainders The Remainder in Division
  1. When you solve division problems, you sometimes get a remainder.
  2. How do you know what remainder means?
  3. What are you going to do with the leftovers?
  4. Can you break up the remainder?
Remainders Interpret the Remainder
  1. What is a remainder?
  2. When do you round up?
  3. When do you round down?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 Mystery Math: A First Book of Algebra David A. Adler 600L
2 Math For All Seasons: Mind-Stretching Math Riddles Gregory Tang NP
3 Great Estimations Bruce Goldstone 560L
4 A Remainder of One Elinor J Pinczes 640L

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing