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Balancing Act
Students use a pan balance model and manipulatives to identify a total that balances two parts. The use of the pan balance will help to develop the concept of equality. Students will develop the language of equality by reading and identifying the following expressions; balances, is the same as, is equal to, and equal before the symbol for equality is introduced. Students will identify an unknown part in a balance situation. Students will communicate ideas, explain, and justify how they solved problems.
The Shapes Around Us
Students will make connections between realworld objects and the attributes of twodimensional shapes.
Centers in Subtraction
Students will participate in multiple centers including a guided math center that reinforces subtraction concepts.
Finding Common Denominators
Students will work collaboratively to explore and sketch solutions to realworld addition problems involving fractions with unlike denominators. Students will be given the opportunity to use manipulatives and participate in group discussions to reflect on their learning.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Vertical Alignment
Click below to learn about the TEKS related to the unit and Research Lesson. The highlighted student expectation(s) is the chosen focus for the Research Lesson.
TXRCFP: Texas Response to Curriculum Focal Points for K8 Mathematics Revised 2013
The Texas Response to Curriculum Focal Points Revised 2013 was created from the 2012 revision of the TEKS as a guide for implementation of effective mathematics instruction by identifying critical areas of content at each grade level.
Vertical Alignment Charts for Revised Mathematics TEKS
This resource provides vertical alignment charts for the revised mathematics TEKS.
Representing Whole Number Quantities
This activity provides an opportunity for students to represent whole numbers with pictures.
Modeling the Volume of a Rectangular Prism
This activity provides an opportunity for students to model the volume of a rectangular prism and make connections to the formula, V=l ´ w ´ h.
Interactive Math Glossary
Writing Verbal Descriptions of Functional Relationships
Given a problem situation containing a functional relationship, the student will verbally describe the functional relationship that exists.
Writing Inequalities to Describe Relationships (Graph → Symbolic)
Given the graph of an inequality, students will write the symbolic representation of the inequality.
Writing Inequalities to Describe Relationships (Symbolic → Graph)
Describe functional relationships for given problem situations, and write equations or inequalities to answer questions arising from the situations.
Connecting Multiple Representations of Functions
The student will consider multiple representations of linear functions, including tables, mapping diagrams, graphs, and verbal descriptions.
Writing the Symbolic Representation of a Function (Graph → Symbolic)
Given the graph of a linear or quadratic function, the student will write the symbolic representation of the function.
Determining Parent Functions (Verbal/Graph)
Given a graph or verbal description of a function, the student will determine the parent function.
Determining Reasonable Domains and Ranges (Verbal/Graph)
Given a graph and/or verbal description of a situation (both continuous and discrete), the student will identify mathematical domains and ranges and determine reasonable domain and range values for the given situations.
Interpreting Graphs
Given a graph, the student will analyze, interpret, and communcate the mathematical relationship represented and its characteristics.
Interpreting Scatterplots
Given scatterplots that represent problem situations, the student will determine if the data has strong vs weak correlation as well as positive, negative, or no correlation.
Making Predictions and Critical Judgments (Table/Verbal)
Given verbal descriptions and tables that represent problem situations, the student will make predictions for realworld problems.
Collecting Data and Making Predictions
Given an experimental situation, the student will write linear functions that provide a reasonable fit to data to estimate the solutions and make predictions.