Access Point #: MAFS.4.OA.1.AP.2a (Archived Access Point)

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Solve multiplicative comparisons with an unknown using up to two-digit numbers with information presented in a graph or word problem (e.g., an orange hat costs $3. A purple hat costs two times as much. How much does the purple hat cost? [3 x 2 = p]).


Essential Understandings


  • Match the vocabulary in a word problem to an action.
  • Use manipulatives to model the context of the word problem or information from the graph.
  • Create a pictorial or representation of the word problem or graph.
  • Use context clues to interpret the concepts, symbols, and vocabulary for multiplication.
  • Understand the following vocabulary and symbols: multiplication (×), equal (=).

Number: MAFS.4.OA.1.AP.2a Category: Access Points
Date Adopted or Revised: 06/14 Cluster: Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems. (Major Cluster)

Clusters should not be sorted from Major to Supporting and then taught in that order. To do so would strip the coherence of the mathematical ideas and miss the opportunity to enhance the major work of the grade with the supporting clusters.

Related Standards

Name Description
MAFS.4.OA.1.2: 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.

Related Courses

Name Description
5012060: Mathematics - Grade Four
7712050: Access Mathematics Grade 4
5012055: Grade 3 Accelerated Mathematics
5012015: Foundational Skills in Mathematics 3-5

Related Resources

Element Cards

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4th Grade Math Element Cards:

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