Access Point #: MAFS.4.OA.1.AP.3a (Archived Access Point)

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Solve and check one- or two-step word problems requiring the four operations within 100.


Essential Understandings


  • Match the vocabulary in a word problem to an action.
  • Use manipulatives to model the context of the word problem. Count to find the answer.
  • Create a pictorial representation of the word problem.
  • Understand context clues to interpret the concepts, symbols, and vocabulary for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Number: MAFS.4.OA.1.AP.3a 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.1.3: Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.

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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