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MULTIPLICATION

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.A.4 – Determine the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation relating three whole numbers.

  • Making Camp – 10 minute history– Playing Making Camp, a game with Ojibwe History Integrated with Math. NOTE: This is similar to the lesson plan below but gives detailed instructions on how to access the game, and assign student logins.
  • 10-minute multiplication practice with Ojibwe history – This is a quicker start version of the lesson above, that includes an additional history activity. Each of the three activities in this lesson only takes a few minutes and teaches Native American history or multiplication. 
  • Rabbit Stew and Multiplication – Students learn about what foods the Ojibwe people ate and how their diet changed when they were forced on to the reservation. They play a multiplication tic-tac-toe to snare rabbits and spend the points earned in the game to outfit their wigwam.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.A.1 – Interpret products of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 5 × 7 as the total number of objects in 5 groups of 7 objects each.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.A.3 – Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.A.4 – Determine the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation relating three whole numbers.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.C.7 – Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.D.8 – Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.A.3 – Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems

  • Perimeter of Rectangles, Squares and Triangles – In this lesson plan, students will learn how to compute perimeter, apply those skills in game-based practice problems and solve perimeter problems using an interactive web-based activity with virtual manipulatives.
  • Multiplying to find perimeter of polygons – In this lesson plan, students will learn how to compute perimeter of different polygons using multiplication and apply those skills in game-based practice problems.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.D.8 – Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons.

CCSS.MATH.Content.4.NBT.B.5 -Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. (Common Core Standards)

H.3-5.3 – Describe the North Dakota Native American Essential Understandings. (US State – ND – Social Studies 2019 Standards)

  • Multiplication word problems – In this integrated lesson, students learn about responsibilities of children in traditional Dakota society and discuss their responsibilities today. They learn a problem-solving strategy that can be applied to a wide range of situations, including mathematics.

DIVISION

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NBT.B.6 – Find whole-number quotients and remainders with up to four-digit dividends and one-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.

ESTIMATION

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.D.8 – Solve two-step word problems using the four operations. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NBT.A.1 – Use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.

  • Estimation & Rounding – In this lesson plan, students will learn about estimation as a problem solving strategy and practice rounding to the nearest 10 and 100.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NBT.B.5 – Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.OA.A.3 – Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operation … Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.

Also, search the mathematics video catalog for additional resources.

English/ Language Arts

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

  • All about sheep – This English language arts and agriculture lesson consists of two short activities that teach students in Grades 3-4 about sheep using an online ebook and flashcards about domestic sheep. The lesson ends with a formative assessment writing activity consisting of either an informational writing prompt or an opinion one.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3 – Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Social Studies

H.3-5.3 – Describe the North Dakota Native American Essential Understandings. (US State – ND – Social Studies 2019 Standards)

  • Multiplication word problems – In this integrated lesson, students learn about responsibilities of children in traditional Dakota society and discuss their responsibilities today. They learn a problem-solving strategy that can be applied to a wide range of situations, including mathematics.

Minnesota History Substrand 2, Standard 3. Historical events have multiple causes and can lead to varied and unintended outcomes.

  • Making Camp – 10 minute history– Playing Making Camp, a game with Ojibwe History Integrated with Math. NOTE: This is similar to the lesson plan below but gives detailed instructions on how to access the game, and assign student logins.
  • 10-minute multiplication practice with Ojibwe history – This is a quicker start version of the lesson above, that includes an additional history activity. Each of the three activities in this lesson only takes a few minutes and teaches Native American history or multiplication. 

Minnesota State Standard – History Sub-strand 4, Standard 15 “North America was populated by indigenous nations that had developed a wide range of social structures, political systems, and economic activities, and whose expansive trade networks extended across the continent.”

  • Trade for a Wigwam – Students will watch two brief videos, one on building a wigwam and one on trading between tribes. They then trade in the points they have earned for items for their wigwam.