First Semester
North Carolina has 5 main math goals for students to learn:
• Goal 1 focuses on number sense and basic calculations with whole numbers and fractions.
• Goal 2 deals with the distance around a shape / object and the area.
• Goal 3 is about lines, points on grids and transformations of various shapes
• Goal 4 deals with graphs, probability, and data
• Goal 5 is focused on  numerical relationships and properties (pre algebra type problems)

Each main goal is broken down into objectives.  ISS looks at each objective and decides if it should be focused on the first half of the year or the second half. We then pick the top 10 – 12 objectives to be essentials needed for our 4th grade students here at Harmony Elementary.

By the end of the first semesters the Essentials students should be able to say they can do for 4th Grade Math are:

1. I can identify numbers using words and pictures. (objective 1.01a)
2. I can identify all place values from hundredths to ten thousands (1.01b)
3. I can compare numbers and put them in numerical order. (1.01c)
4. I can multiply two digit numbers by two digit numbers (1.02a)
5. I can multiply and divide using different strategies, estimate answers when appropriate.

I can recognize the connection between the two. (1.02c/d/e)

1. I can use pictures to solve problems with fractions.

I can recognize equivalent fractions.

I can simplify fractions.

I can convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions.

I can put fractions in numerical order.

I can find relationships between fractions (greater than, less than, &/or equal to) (1.03)

1. I can add & subtract fractions with the same denominator.

I can add and subtract decimals through the hundredths place.

I can use different strategies to add & subtract fraction & decimals. (1.04a)

2. I can estimate numbers.

I can use strategies to solve word problems. (1.05)

1. I can identify the pattern in a set of numbers that changes equally. (5.01)
2. I can use symbols, numbers, words, and pictures to represent numbers. (5.02)
3. I can use pictures, words, and numbers to solve problems. (5.03a)

These essentials go with all the math objectives:

·        I can decide if my answer makes sense. (1.04c)

·        I can make estimates when appropriate (1.01d)

Second Semester

By the end of the second semester, the Essentials students should be able to say they can do for 4th Grade Math are:

1. I can divide up to three-digit by two digit numbers. (objective 1.02b)
2. I can use different strategies to find area of a rectangle and perimeter of different shapes. (2.01)
3. I can solve problems involving area and perimeter. (2.02)
4. I can I can locate and plot points on a grid.  I can draw and recognize figures on the grid. (3.01)
5. I can I can recognize perpendicular and parallel lines. (3.02)
6. I can recognize what happens to a figure when it is translated, reflected, or rotated.  I can predict the counterclockwise and clockwise rotations of a figure.  (3.03)
7. I can collect data.  I can organize data.  I can read and understand data.  I can create a graph from data.  (4.01)
8. I can use data to identify the median, range, and mode. (4.02)
9. I can compare two sets of data to solve a problem.  (4.03)
10. I can recognize the possible chances (outcomes) of an event happening.  I can design an experiment to determine what is likely to happen.  (4.04)
11. I can identify properties (identity, commutative, associative, and distributive).  I can recall and perform order of operations.

Continued / Review Essentials from First Semester:

1. I can use pictures to solve problems with fractions.

I can recognize equivalent fractions.

I can simplify fractions.

I can convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions.

I can put fractions in numerical order.

I can find relationships between fractions (greater than, less than, &/or equal to) (1.03)

1. I can add & subtract fractions with the same denominator.

I can add and subtract decimals through the hundredths place.

I can use different strategies to add & subtract fraction & decimals. (1.04a)

3.  I can use strategies to solve word problems. (1.05)

These essentials go with all the math objectives:

a.                              I can decide if my answer makes sense. (1.04c)

b.                              I can make estimates when appropriate (1.01d)