• Welcome to our math page!

    Is there anything I can do to get ready for 4th grade math?

    Each and every year, I can never stress enough how important it is for the students to know their multiplication facts! If there is just one educational thing that parents could do over the summer between 3rd and 4th grade, it should be practicing these facts. If you look at the concepts below, you will know how important they really are. 

    Here is a great website with TONS of free printable pages for math practice. The link below specifically takes you to multiplication printables similar to the ones we will use in class. 



    What program does 4th grade use for math?

    District 8 and Mountainside Elementary primarily use McGraw-Hill "My Math" for lessons and homework. I will sometimes use other materials as well if Colorado Standards dictate that I teach a concept that is not covered in the My Math program. The students work out of large workbooks; there are 2: One for each semester. Each lesson consists of 3 pages, front and back. The first page is an "Instruction" page, the second page is "Practice," and the last page is "Homework." 

    In most cases, we will have the opportunity to finish the first two pages in class, but if this doesn't happen, the students are expected to work on completing them during other "down time" in throughout the day. We go over/grade the homework the day after the lesson in class. Once graded, students are encouraged to keep the lessons together at home and study them before each unit test. Parents, it might be a good idea to help your child come up with an organization system for their graded work at home!

    Students will be given a username and password to access the MyMath website as well. There, you will be able to access the entire workbook online, print resources, watch videos, relearn lessons, play games, etc. Below is a link for the site: 



    What will we be learning in 4th grade math?

    Below is an approximate Scope and Sequence of what is to be taught in 4th grade math. There are plenty of supplemental workbooks you can purchase from your local "teacher store" if you would like your child to get more practice with specific concepts. (http://shop.banksschoolsupply.com/ or http://www.eschoolcrossing.com/  are great places to start. 


    1st Quarter 4th Grade Math

    Unit 1 - Place Value Concepts

    • place value up to the millions
    • reading and writing multi-digit numbers (expanded form, standard form, word form)
    • comparing numbers using place value (greater than, less than, equal to)
    • ordering numbers using place value
    • rounding numbers up to the millions 

    Unit 2 - Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers

    • properties of addition/subtraction
    • patterns in adding/subtracting
    • Estimating sums and differences
    • subtracting with regrouping, including subtracting across zeros

    Unit 3 - Multiplication and Division Concepts

    • relating multiplication and division (fact families)
    • relate division and subtraction (repeated subtraction)
    • comparing using multiplication (converting a sentence to a multiplication sentence)
    • multiplication and division properties and rules
    • factors and multiples
    • prime and composite vs. odd and even

    Unit 4 - Multiply with One-Digit Numbers

    • Multiples of 10, 100, 1,000
    • Rounding products
    • using place value to multiply (zero shortcut)
    • using models to multiply
    • distributive property of multiplication
    • multiplying with regrouping
    • multiplying by a multi-digit number
    • multiplying across zeros

    2nd Quarter 4th Grade Math

     Unit 5 - Multiplying 2-Digit Numbers

    • multiply by tens
    • estimating products
    • 2-digit distributive property
    • 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication

    Unit 6 - Divide by a One-Digit Number

    • divide multiples of 10, 100, 1,000
    • estimate quotients (compatible fact families)
    • place value to divide
    • divide with remainders
    • knowing where to divide first (place first quotient)
    • distributive property and partial quotients
    • long division up to 4 digits
    • quotients with zeros

    Unit 7 - Number Patterns and Sequences

    • non-numeric patterns
    • numeric patterns
    • sequences
    • addition/subtraction/multiplication/division rules
    • order of operations
    • equations

    3rd Quarter 4th Grade Math

    Unit 8 - Fractions

    • factors and multiples
    • equivalent fractions
    • simplest form
    • compare/order fractions
    • mixed numbers
    • improper fractions

    Unit 9 - Operations with Fractions

    • adding and subtracting fractions
    • adding and subtracting mixed numbers
    • fractions and multiplication
    • multiplying fractions with whole numbers

    Unit 10 - Fractions and Decimals

    • tenths and hundredths
    • decimals as fractions and vice versa
    • compare and order decimals

    4th Quarter 4th Grade Math

     Unit 11 - Customary Measurement

    • customary units of length
    • customary units of capacity
    • customary units of weight
    • customary units of time
    • converting all above units within their type
    • line plots

    Unit 12 - Metric Measurement

    • metric units of length
    • metric units of capacity
    • metric units of mass
    • converting all above units within their type

    Unit 13 - Perimeter and Area

    • measure perimeter
    • measure area
    • relating perimeter and area

    Unit 14 - Geometry

    • points, lines, rays
    • parallel and perpendicular
    • model, classify, and measure angles
    • solve problems with angles
    • triangles
    • quadrilaterals
    • lines of symmetry


    **Please know that this is only guideline for the sequence and approximate timeline. Pacing may go slower or quicker depending on the teacher and/or class! In addition, some material may be taught out of this order in an effort to more fully prepare students for state testing. 


    What if my child is struggling in math this year?

    First of all, it is completely normal to have some struggles in 4th grade math. The students are jumping from simple operations to complex and multi-step procedural math. Here are some tips to prepare you for what is to come: 

    1) Be prepared to spend more time on homework. More complex skills require more time to solve, and also more problems to practice in order to master a skill. 

    2) Save all lessons and/or homework, and study/review before tests. There are anywhere between 6 and 12 lessons in a unit, and students may need a refresher on earlier lessons that will be tested on an assessment. 

    3) Find videos or other resources to go over the material. https://www.khanacademy.org/ is a fantastic website with videos and lessons for a variety of subjects...all the way through high school!

    4) Don't be afraid to ask for help. Students should feel safe and comfortable asking for some extra assistance. If you see that this is not happening, email me or give me a call so we can talk.

    5) Get some extra practice. See the links for teacher stores above to find out where to get some great resources.