Access Point #: MAFS.4.NF.3.AP.7b (Archived Access Point)

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Compare two decimals expressed to the tenths place with a value of less than 1 using a visual model.


Essential Understandings


  • Using base ten blocks, build a concrete representation of two decimals to the tenths place, whose values are less than one (0.3 and 0.5).
  • Given the place value chart, identify the column that represents the greatest value.
  • Given two models of base ten blocks on a place value chart, compare the value of the numbers by starting in the greatest place value position.
  • Know value of places to the tenths.
  • Understand the following concepts and vocabulary: ones, decimal point, tenths, place value, greater than, less than, equal.
  • Given two visual models of base ten blocks on a place value chart, compare the value of the numbers by starting in the greatest place value position.

Number: MAFS.4.NF.3.AP.7b Category: Access Points
Date Adopted or Revised: 06/14 Cluster: Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions. (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.NF.3.7: Compare two decimals to hundredths by reasoning about their size. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two decimals refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with the symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual model.

Related Courses

Name Description
5012060: Mathematics - Grade Four
7712050: Access Mathematics Grade 4
5020110: STEM Lab Grade 4
5012065: Grade 4 Accelerated Mathematics
5012015: Foundational Skills in Mathematics 3-5

Related Resources

Element Cards

Name Description
4th Grade Math Element Cards:

Element Cards are available to assist in planning for instruction. They are designed to promote understanding of how students move toward the academic standards. Element Cards contain one or more access points, essential understandings, suggested instructional strategies and suggested supports.

Professional Development

Name Description
Fractions and Decimals Content Module :

Content Modules provide explanations and examples of the concepts contained in the academic standards that may be difficult to teach or unfamiliar to special education teachers. They promote an understanding of the concepts so that a teacher can begin to plan how to teach the concepts to students. Content Modules contain potential adaptations, modifications and ideas for Universal Design for Learning.