Mental Math (Grades 4-6)

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Our Mental Math Lesson Plan introduces various strategies to guide students through the process of solving math calculations and performing math reasoning in their mind.  The strategies presented are reinforced with opportunities for students to develop confidence in their accuracy by practicing problems with and without using mental math strategies, as well as group discussion on how they used a particular strategy.

Mental Math Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Mental Math.
  • Hands on homework activities giving students practice on how to calculate mathematical problems in their head using different strategies.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Our Mental Math Lesson Plan introduces various strategies to guide students through the process of solving math calculations and performing math reasoning in their mind.  The strategies presented are reinforced with opportunities for students to develop confidence in their accuracy by practicing problems with and without using mental math strategies, as well as group discussion on how they used a particular strategy.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Begin by asking students if they have any strategies that they use to do math calculations in their heads. Allow for a discussion.
  2. While reading the content pages, reinforce various methods and give students additional examples of problems to work in their heads. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  3. Introduce the notes on mental math. Have students practice problems with and without using their mental math strategies to check for accuracy. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Have students practice problems while explaining their reasoning out loud.
  5. Follow Activity page with students. Have students work in pairs to solve the problems and then come back together as a large class to discuss which strategy was used and how.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. Go over the answers to make sure that students understand and are able to use at least one strategy confidently.
  8. In closing, ask students to name places and situations in which mental math will be important.
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.A.1 CCSS.Math.Content.5.OA.A.2 None for Grade 6

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 class

Additional Resources:

Want more math resources? Check out our other Math Lesson Plans!

Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Math

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03/10/2018
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Excellent resources. Highly recommend!

The lesson plans and resources are excellent and well thought out. Highly recommend using it. I downloaded the exercises for free but after seeing the variety and quality, I couldn't not donate and made a nominal contribution. Thank you, Clarendon, for helping our children!

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02/23/2018
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Mental Math

Very practical for my students. I will continue to use the site for other resources.

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