4th Grade Thinking Through the Operations – TEKS

Model – Explain – Solve – Justify – Journal

$125.00/Campus for the book

Google Slides Add-on: $75/campus for digital activity add-on with purchase of book

Discount available for district-wide purchases


Digital ActivityDigital Activity - Spanish

  • Choose the correct operation to solve a problem
  • Answer the right question
  • Develop problem attack skills
  • Solve one-, two-, and multi-step problems
  • Find and correct mistakes

Available in English and Spanish


Once students have learned the process of the operations, TeachTransform’s 4th Grade Thinking Through the Operations helps students know which operation and  how many operations to use to solve problems  and answer the right question. 

Silly characters and contexts keep students interested and develop problem solving grit. Students read nonfiction text about otters and use the facts to solve problems. They explore a cave with Springback Jack and the Lizard Locksmith and find the mistake in problems that are worked wrong. 

4th Grade Thinking Through the Operations includes activities for the whole class, small groups, centers, intervention, and guided math that build the academic language of the operations.

Each activity includes:

  • TEKS
  • Setting Up for Instruction
  • How-To Guide with full teacher directions including questions
  • Thought Extender Questions to help students get ‘unstuck’ and focus on the math concepts
  • Answer Key
  • Content explanations to deepen teacher understanding of fraction concepts
  • Instruction extras to support implementation of instructional strategies

Digital Activity

Activities are available as Google Slides for an add-on purchase to be used in whole class demonstrations, as small group work, or for remote learning. 

Tutoring & Intervention

4th Grade Thinking Through the Operations activities can be used for Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 instruction in 4th grade. The activities can also be used to catch 5th graders up and fill in gaps without loss of rigor or time. For example, for 5th graders struggling to identify the operations in a word problem, use Different Questions or Cardboard Circus. For students having difficulty solving one-step and two-step problems, use Zappo’s Travels or Adventure Bus.

Instructional Alignment from Grades 3–8

Not only is the content aligned among the grades, but the instructional strategies are too. For students who are “growing up” with TeachTransform’s instructional materials, you can expect them, with a little prompting, to give an answer that includes a why, to use sentences to explain their thinking, to question each other in small groups. This lightens the instructional and cognitive load in each grade and leads to mastery.

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