**Note: These suggestions are not my own. They have been taken directly from the material available on the Engage NY website. Please visit them for additional information: https://www.engageny.org/
Grade 4 Module 2
Although composed of just five lessons, Module 2 has great importance in the Grade 4 sequence of modules. Module 2, along with Module 1, is paramount in setting the foundation for developing fluency with the manipulation of place value units, a skill upon which Module 3 greatly depends. Teachers who have taught Module 2 prior to Module 3 have reportedly moved through Module 3 more efficiently than colleagues who have omitted it. Module 2 also sets the foundation for work with fractions and mixed numbers in Module 5. Therefore, it is not recommended to omit any lessons from Module 2.
To help with the pacing of Module 3’s Topic A, consider replacing the Convert Units fluencies in Module 2, Lessons 13, with area and perimeter fluencies. Also, consider incorporating Problem 1 from Module 3, Lesson 1, into the fluency component of Module 2, Lessons 4 and 5.
Grade 4 Module 3
Within this module, if pacing is a challenge, consider the following omissions. In Lesson 1, omit Problems 1 and 4 of the Concept Development. Problem 1 could have been embedded into Module 2. Problem 4 can be used for a center activity. In Lesson 8, omit the drawing of models in Problems 2 and 4 of the Concept Development and in Problem 2 of the Problem Set. Instead, have students think about and visualize what they would draw. Omit Lesson 10 because the objective for Lesson 10 is the same as that for Lesson 9. Omit Lesson 19, and instead, embed discussions of interpreting remainders into other division lessons. Omit Lesson 21 because students solve division problems using the area model in Lesson 20. Using the area model to solve division problems with remainders is not specified in the Progressions documents. Omit Lesson 31, and instead, embed analysis of division situations throughout later lessons. Omit Lesson 33, and embed into Lesson 30 the discussion of the connection between division using the area model and division using the algorithm.
Look ahead to the Pacing Suggestions for Module 4. Consider partnering with the art teacher to teach Module 4’s Topic A simultaneously with Module 3.
Grade 4 Module 4
The placement of Module 4 in A Story of Units was determined based on the New York State Education Department Pre-Post Math Standards document, which placed 4.NF.5–7 outside the testing window and 4.MD.5 inside the testing window. This is not in alignment with PARCC’s Content Emphases Clusters (http://www.parcconline.org/mcf/mathematics/content-emphases-cluster-0), which reverses those priorities, labeling 4.NF.5–7 as Major Clusters and 4.MD.5 as an Additional Cluster, the status of lowest priority.
Those from outside New York State may want to teach Module 4 after Module 6 and truncate the lessons using the Preparing a Lesson protocol (see the Module Overview, just before the Assessment Overview).
This would change the order of the modules to the following: Modules 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 4, and 7.
Those from New York State might apply the following suggestions and truncate Module 4’s lessons using the Preparing a Lesson protocol. Topic A could be taught simultaneously with Module 3 during an art class. Topics B and C could be taught directly following Module 3, prior to Module 5, since they offer excellent scaffolding for the fraction work of Module 5. Topic D could be taught simultaneously with Module 5, 6, or 7 during an art class when students are served well with hands-on, rigorous experiences.
Keep in mind that Topics B and C of this module are foundational to Grade 7’s missing angle problems.
Grade 4 Module 5
For Module 5, consider the following modifications and omissions. Study the objectives and the sequence of problems within Lessons 1, 2, and 3, and then consolidate the three lessons. Omit Lesson 4. Instead, in Lesson 5, embed the contrast of the decomposition of a fraction using the tape diagram versus using the area model. Note that the area model’s cross hatches are used to transition to multiplying to generate equivalent fractions, add related fractions in Lessons 20 and 21, add decimals in Module 6, add/subtract all fractions in Grade 5’s Module 3, and multiply a fraction by a fraction in Grade 5’s Module 4. Omit Lesson 29, and embed estimation within many problems throughout the module and curriculum. Omit Lesson 40, and embed line plot problems in social studies or science. Be aware, however, that there is a line plot question on the End-of-Module Assessment.
Grade 4 Module 6
In Module 6, students explore decimal numbers for the first time by means of the decimal numbers’ relationship to decimal fractions. Module 6 builds directly from Module 5 and is foundational to students’ Grade 5 work with decimal operations. Therefore, it is not recommended to omit any lessons from Module 6.
Grade 4 Module 7
Module 7 affords students the opportunity to use all that they have learned throughout Grade 4 as they first relate multiplication to the conversion of measurement units and then explore multiple strategies for solving measurement problems involving unit conversion. Module 7 ends with practice of the major skills and concepts of the grade as well as the preparation of a take-home summer folder. Therefore, it is not recommended to omit any lessons from Module 7.
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