Fourth Grade Mathematics, Part I

Math is such an important skill that will be used for a lifetime and in any field of study. It is so important for parents to approach math with enthusiasm, no matter the gender of the student. So many times, girls are made to feel inferior when it comes to math. Admittedly, this is usually not an intentional move, but one that is passed on by society in general.

I’ve created this “to do” list of math areas that should be approached and studied on a daily basis. In part two, I will cover some areas that can be taught in separate lessons and don’t really require constant practice.

Students should know and have daily practice in:
-addition and subtraction to millions place
multiplication and times facts up to 144, or 12 times table
-multiplication of one, two and three digit numbers
-division of two and three digit numbers by one digit number
-simple averages
-conversion of decimals to fractions and fractions to decimals
-mathematical word problems

During the fourth grade year, students will be building on previous years. If they don’t quite get a concept that should have been learned in third grade, go back and cover until fully understood and the student feels comfortable. There are some great online programs that bring math to life and learning to math, as well as a world of workbooks for all the different types of learners.

In my next post, I’ll cover some areas of math that fourth graders should learn, but don’t necessarily need daily practice in.

Fourth Grade Math, Part Two

In the last post, I talked about some of the math areas that need daily practice. Today, I’ll list some areas that need to be learned, but does not necessarily require daily practice.

Fourth graders should have a working knowledge of:
-reading and writing the names of numbers, such as one, fifteen, sixty
-learn Roman numerals to C (100)
geometric concepts such as triangles, polygons, angles, sides, etc.
-learn to compare customary and metric measurement
-learn to tell time to the second
-learn to use graphs
-learn base ten numerations where they should understand multi-digit numbers in terms of place value and recognizing that place value notation is a shorthand for the sum of multiples of powers of 10.
(i.e., 456 as 4 hundreds, 5 tens, and 6 ones.)

Don’t forget to make use of great online learning programs! My children use and love Time4Learning math. I love it too because we’ve studied so many math concepts that they didn’t actually grasp until it was covered on Time4Learning. Great program!