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!
**The X quiz that we took today over the squares & 2’s has been checked and passed back. Please sign and return it to school tomorrow. Our next X Quiz will be on Wednesday over the squares, 2’s & 5’s, and then Friday over the squares, 2’s, 5’s, & 3’s.
We are currently working on learning to read, write, and expand numbers up to the hundred billions. We are using this place value rap to help us! We will have a quiz over labeling the places in a place value chart on Friday this week.
Here are some other links that can help with place value:
StudyJams Place Value:
StudyJams Expanded Form:
Games for place value models, identifying digits & values, expanded form, and comparing & ordering:
Practice reading & writing large numbers:
A smorgasbord of place value lessons, videos, & games (THANK YOU MRS. LAMAR 🙂 !!)