# Algebraic Thinking and Numerical Expressions Math Sorts: 4th Grade & 5th Grade

4th - 6th
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1. Interested in helping your students develop their deep math understanding and "math talk"? Are you familiar with math sorts? These ready-to-print, low ink lessons are perfect to reach all the math practice standards! New to math sorts? Full directions and suggestions for use are included complet
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Interested in helping your students develop their algebraic understanding and number sense? Do your students need to work on solving numerical expressions?

Are you familiar with concept sorts? Many people use "sorts" with their spelling or word work programs, but sorting and categorizing can be extremely effective learning strategies for MANY areas! I have found sorts to be particularly effective in my math instruction, and I am excited to begin offering some of these sorts to you! If you are unfamiliar with how sorts are used, I have included a full blog post with photos to help get you started! So...what's included in THIS resource?

• Everything you need to do 5 different sorts related to algebra thinking concepts. The concepts covered vary from "What does 'equal' really mean?" to solving simple algebraic expressions such as "4n - 5 = 11". Believe it or not...with the simple lessons that are suggested, your fourth and fifth grade students (or GREAT for review/remedial middle school work!) can easily learn how to "balance" sides of an equation, recognize that some expressions have "sets" of numbers for answers, and what a variable is. Never taught this before? NO WORRIES! I have included teaching tips as well as an actual blog post to show you how to use it!

• This blog post has actual photos that explain EXACTLY how I completed a sort with my own students. Feel free to get creative and try different approaches—but I have given one highly effective and efficient way to do this.

• What else? Each of the 5 sorts has a “Show What You Know” sheet that follows the rule of the sort. Use as independent practice or as an assessment after you have done a sort to see what the students know and what they still need to learn. Many of these also ask students to explain their thinking—a key part of the CCSS!

• Also included with each sort is a page of blank cards if you wish to extend the learning by having students create MORE examples that go in each category. This is a great way to differentiate for more capable learners! See each sort for other differentiation hints!

• Hey--there's no answer key! Why? The important part about doing these sorts is the discussion rather than making sure every answer is instantly correct. Let the students discuss, prove their ideas, and develop understanding!

• A CCSS alignment sheet to show how these sorts align to the grades 4-5 CCSS.

I hope you find the resource thorough, relevant, and engaging--and that it will push your students to increase the depth of their understanding and their mathematical practices as well.

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What other sets of concept sorts are available in my store?

Fraction Concepts

Angle Studies

Geometry Sorts

Multiplication Concepts

Algebra Thinking Concepts

A Bundle of ALL FIVE!

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This algebra thinking resource is also available as part of a "Teaching Tandem" product where you can get this resource AND a set of task cards to develop the concept of "equals" combined at a reduced price.

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### Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them. For example, express the calculation “add 8 and 7, then multiply by 2” as 2 × (8 + 7). Recognize that 3 × (18932 + 921) is three times as large as 18932 + 921, without having to calculate the indicated sum or product.
Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.
Multiply or divide to solve word problems involving multiplicative comparison, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem, distinguishing multiplicative comparison from additive comparison.
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.
Understand division as an unknown-factor problem. For example, find 32 ÷ 8 by finding the number that makes 32 when multiplied by 8.