Do you love what you do? Does your job involve the use of any math skills? Are you interested in sharing some details about your career with our 4th grade students?
We’re getting ready to begin a project-based learning unit that allows our students to discover the uses of math in the real world, and we are looking for some guest speakers to share some information about their careers. We hope to host a Career Day on Tuesday, October 24 to introduce the students to a variety of professions that involve the use of math. Each guest will be given 20-30 minutes to introduce his/her occupation, discuss its relationship with math, and have a short question & answer session.
If you (or someone you know) would be willing to share your job expertise, send me an email ([email protected]) no later than Monday, October 9. Please include your name, student connection, career, phone #, and preferred presentation time (morning 9:30-11:30 or afternoon 1:00-3:00). We will get in touch with you once we determine a specific schedule. Thank you for taking an interest in our students’ futures!
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.
We have begun our fractions unit, and one of the first skills we are learning about is how to decompose a fraction. Until recently, “decompose” was a word that I applied to science–not math! “Decompose” means to break down or break apart into smaller parts, and I’ve learned that we can apply that word in math, too! Parents–we did learn this in school, BUT–we just didn’t use the same vocabulary. Below are a couple of sites that provide the students with practice decomposing fractions. The Khan Academy site also has a video included on the right side in case the students (or the parents) want to know more about the skill. 🙂 Just click on the picture and that will take you directly to the practice.
It is important that students comprehend the question that is being asked in a word problem. Kids can no longer rely on “key words” to know how to solve a problem. The video below shows why students need to BEWARE OF KEY WORDS!
In this process of division, students divide using whole number place value instead of just using the digits. We began working on this yesterday, and many students find that it is much easier than the traditional steps of long division.