Planning GuideGrade 4
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Fractions and Decimals

Strand: Number
Outcomes: 8, 9, 10

Curriculum Focus

This sample targets the following changes in the curriculum:

  • The General Outcome focuses on number sense, whereas the previous mathematics curriculum specified demonstrating number sense for whole numbers and exploring proper fractions.
  • The Specific Outcome includes comparing fractions, whereas the previous mathematics curriculum included comparing fractions in Grade 5.
  • The Specific Outcome includes decimals with tenths and hundredths, whereas the previous mathematics curriculum focused on hundredths because tenths were introduced in Grade 3.
  • The Specific Outcome focuses on fractional parts of whole or a set, whereas the previous mathematics curriculum focused on fractional parts of a region or a set.

Fractions and Decimals addresses the following outcomes from the Program of Studies:

Strand: Number
Specific Outcomes:
8. Demonstrate an understanding of fractions less than or equal to one by using concrete, pictorial and symbolic representations to:
  • name and record fractions for the parts of a whole or a set
  • compare and order fractions
  • model and explain that for different wholes, two identical fractions may not represent the same quantity
  • provide examples of where fractions are used
9. Represent and describe decimals (tenths and hundredths), concretely, pictorially and symbolically.
10. Relate decimals to fractions and fractions to decimals (to hundredths).

What is a Planning Guide?

Planning Guides are a tool for teachers to use in designing instruction and assessment that focuses on developing and deepening students' understanding of mathematical concepts. This tool is based on the process outlined in Understanding by Design, by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe.

The following steps will help you through the Planning Guide:

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