There is a lot of talk about encouraging students to take pre-algebra and algebra in middle school. It prepares them to progress to other higher level math courses. It also increases the high school and college graduation rates. Yet the trajectory for advanced math curriculum doesn’t start in middle school. It starts much earlier. It really begins in 3rd grade and it gets intense in grade 5. After finishing grade 5, most students in North American schools have the concepts of pre-algebra taught and assessed. With the implementation of Common Core Standards, the math curriculum will become more uniform across board. Nevertheless, testing aside, we want our students to do well in every grade. Inquire with anyone who has taught math remediation and intervention and you will hear that students have trouble with grade 5 math concepts. And there is no escaping it. Unless the concepts are mastered, students can’t progress to the next level. Unfortunately, the end of grade 5 is the beginning of a huge transition to middle school, growth, and changes. Lets help our students and kids stay on task and succeed.
Main pre-algebra concepts are: Fractions, decimals, percents; Fractions and Mixed Numbers; Long Division & Multiplication ; Measurement & Statistics.
MAFS.5.NBT.1.1 lesson plan
Recognize that in multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
This 11 page lesson: includes step by step visuals, instruction, and practice.
– numbers in expanded form
– place value
– decimal point in division and multiplication
– patterns in multiplication & division
Mrs. Lena, M. Ed.