The kids’ homework folders are full of notes today! The 4th Grade Grading Policy & the multiplication fact note need to be signed and returned ASAP. The “Million Words” parent homework 😉 is not due until next Friday, Aug. 31. (The kids earn reward tickets when they are returned!)
I’m also asking parents to please enroll in my REMIND classes. I have two REMIND classes: one for my homeroom, and one for math. I use REMIND to keep parents informed about upcoming events, quizzes, etc. It’s also a great communication tool when parents need to change transportation methods or get messages to their kids. To sign up for Homeroom notifications, text the message @hunter4hr to the number 81010.To sign up for messages regarding Math, text the message @hunt4math to the number 81010.
The majority of math-related stress in 4th grade students comes from the lack of knowledge of the basic multiplication facts. It is EXTREMELY important that students become fluent in their facts so they can concentrate and spend time on the process of HOW to solve a problem, and not just spend all of their time trying to do the computation of the problem.
Below are some practice links to Quizlet. Clicking on a link below will allow many options to practice a set of facts: Flashcards, Learn, Test, Scatter, & Space Race.
In this process of division, students divide using whole number place value instead of just using the digits. We began working on this today, and many students find that it is much easier than the traditional steps of long division.
We are working hard to learn the process of long division. Here are a couple of videos that we’ve watched in class:
Click below for a link to 5 websites that can be used to practice long division.
It is extremely important for 4th grade students to be fluent with their multiplication facts. Students may use the XtraMath program to help improve their multiplication and division fact fluency. We try to work on this every day in class, but it may also be done at home.
We are currently working hard on learning and practicing the process of multiplying up to 4 digits by 1 digit and 2 digits by 2 digits. Just learning how to use the “old school” algorithm to solve the problem is no longer enough. The kids have to be able to explain the process of why that “old school” algorithm works. I’ve posted short video clips that help to show the multiplication process and what we are expecting the kids to understand and do.Of course, it is extremely important that the kids learn and memorize their basic multiplication facts!
Multiplication with base ten blocks/area models:
“Grid /Window/Box” Method of multiplying 2-digit by 2-digit numbers:
Before the Thanksgiving holidays, we began reviewing the process of multiplying 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers. We viewed the videos below to help us understand how we use the values of the digits to multiply. Ask your child to teach you how to do this type of multiplication. If he/she can teach it to you, then you know he/she has learned it!