4th Grade Questions for Math Lesson


Facilitator models how to convert a traditional math worksheet or list of problems into a math worksheet embedded with science content. Teachers then work on problems or worksheets distributed to each table.


Teaching math skills through problems based on science content makes lessons more relevant and more engaging.
Rewrite the math problems or worksheets to include the science content standards.

12 TN counties are in a climate study. Over a 10 year period 3/12 of the counties received no rain. During the same period 5/12 of the remaining counties received average rain. The remaining counties received no rain. What fraction of the counties are in a drought? Explain your answer.

The marine biologist discovered that in Habitat B of the Mississippi river, 5/8 of the endangered mussels were thriving, but in Habitat C of the river only 3/8 of the mussels were thriving. How many more mussels are surviving in Habitat B than C? If the mussels in Part C continue to die at a rate of 1/8 per month, how long will it be until they are extinct in their habitat?

Model your answer in two ways. Show all work.

Using your knowledge of habitats and endangered species, how can the marine biologist ensure the survival of the mussel.

The foxes ate 5/8 of the rabbit population. The hawks ate 3/8 of the shrew population. Which animal population decreased the most? Explain how you know.

Linda observed two weeks of her local weather. The first week 4/7 of the week snowed, the second week 3/7 of the week snowed. Which week had the most snow? Explain your answer with a diagram and words.

Linda and Mary analyzed the weather for eight days in two different locations. Linda found that 5/8 of the days were sunny and Mary found that 3/8 of the days were sunny. Who experienced more sunny days? Justify your answer.

It snowed in TN and SC in January. It snowed 5/8 of an inch in TN and 3/8 of an inch in SC. Which state received more snow? How much more snow did that state receive?
A) The amount of rainfall measured by ROES was 3/12 of an inch in the past week. The amount measured by NEES was 5/12 in the past week. Which school measured the most rainfall in the past week? Explain how you know. B) How much more rainfall was measured?

Linda and her friends went on a trip to Alaska and saw polar bears together. Sue saw 5/8 of the polar bears. Mary saw 3/8 of the polar bears. What fraction of the polar bears did Linda see? How many more did Sue see?

In 2012, scientists reported there were 12 Eastern Lowland Gorillas in a particular location. In 2013, there were 3/12 of the population reported as gone. In 2014, 5/12 of the population was gone. What fraction of the Eastern Lowland Gorilla population is left?

7/12 of the grey wolves in Yellowstone died in the 2011 wild fire. 2/12 of the grey wolf population died from disease. What fraction of the grey wolf population is left before this species is extinct?

In 2012, 5/8 of the total population of monarchs relocated to Mexico due to wildfires. The following year, 1/4 of the total population also relocated. What fraction of the original population relocated? What fraction is still living in the original location?

Mr. Jones' class calculated one foot of rainfall in a week. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, they collected 3/12 inches of rain. On Thursday and Friday, they collected 5/12 inches of rain. What fraction of rain was collected on Saturday and Sunday? On which days were more rain collected?

One week in Clarksville, it rained 5/8 of an inch. The following week, it rained 3/8 of an inch. Which week did it rain more?

The population of bats has been decreasing at Dunbar Cave in recent years due to white-nose disease. In the past 2 years, the population has decreased by 3/8. How much of the population is still remaining? If this continues, how many years will it take for this population of bats to be gone?

Mr. Jones, the local scientist, was researching mayflys. During one year, he found the following information. During the first few months of the year, he found that 3/12 of the mayflys did not lay eggs. During the latter part of the year, 5/12 of the mayflys did not lay eggs. What fraction of Mayflys did not lay eggs during the year?

(you can easily flow into science and begin talking about endangered, extinct etc)

Before lunch, Miss. Snow's class measured the amount of rain that fell. It measured 3/8's of an inch. After lunch, we measured again and discovered the amount of rain had increased to 5/8's of an inch. How much rain had fallen after lunch? What is another way to write the amount of rainfall that has fallen after lunch?