Math

“Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics.” 

~Dean Schlicter

 

Everyday Math Series

 

We will be using the 4th Grade Everyday Math series to develop the students' mathematical skills. This program will strengthen their foundation in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers. Furthermore, fractions, decimals, percents, geometry, measurement, and interpreting data and probability concepts will also be included in our program. Everyday Math offers a wide range of strategies, games, and activities so that all students experience success at their level in mathematics.    

Click here to go to the Everyday Math Units and Downloads Page.

Overview of the Math Units of Study in Third Grade:

 

  • Unit 1: Place Value; Multi-digit Addition and Subtraction​

  • Unit 2: Multiplication and Geometry​

  • Unit 3: Fractions and Decimals​

  • Unit 4: Multi-digit Multiplication​

  • Unit 5: Fraction and Mixed Number Computation; Measurement​

  • Unit 6: Division and Angles​

  • Unit 7: Multiplication of a Fraction by a Whole Number; Measurement​

  • Unit 8: Fraction Operations; Application

  • Interactive Math Games 
    Click on this page for a large list of interactive math games. Games are organized by unit, and relate to specific math lessons of Everyday Math.

  • Math Vocabulary 
    This is a great resource for academic math vocabulary. Not only are definitions provided for a multitude of math terms, but visuals are as well. Some terms have an interactive component to them too.

  • Everyday Math Free Family Resources 
    This is a helpful website that explains different components of Everyday Math, and also gives free resources explaining and giving examples of different algorithms students will encounter.

Math Workshop Model

 

In order to meet the needs of each child in our classroom, we will use the workshop model to practice the concepts we are learning each day. Within the workshop model, each child rotates through three “stations” each day. 

 

Workshop Stations:

           

  • Work With Teacher:  A small, focused mini-lesson with the teacher. This lesson is differentiated to meet the groups’ needs and is based off of pre-tests, prior assignments, and exit slips.

  • Independent Practice: Quiet, independent, seat work that allows students to practice the skill taught in our mini-lesson that day. The work often comes directly from the Everyday Math Student Math Journals or teacher-created worksheets.

  • Extension: A game or activity where the student is practicing the skill we have learned in our mini-lesson, either through technology or with a buddy.

 

Multiplication Facts

           

Students should have memorized their basic multiplication facts.  Please review these with your child if necessary until they are memorized.  This will help your child experience success in all areas of our math curriculum. 

 

Math Assessments & Math Assignments 

 

Each student will check his/her student math journal throughout the unit while working with teacher. This helps students take accountability for their own learning. The completion of the math journal will reflect the student’s participation in the math grade.

Students will complete an Exit Slip each day that reflects the work they have done during their Independent Practice time. This helps us to monitor their progress immediately and to see if students need additional help in an area before they move on to another concept.

Additionally, students will be assigned a Home Link page to complete each evening that reflects the lesson taught that day. It is important that students do not go ahead and complete Home Links that have not been assigned for instructional purposes. Please make sure students only complete the assigned Home Link.

Daily assignments are counted along with math boxes assignments, participation, and the unit assessment for a final unit grade. Math Study Guides will be sent home prior to the unit tests. Please refer to your child’s Home Links and Study Guide to review for assessments.

 

Differentiated Math Instruction

 

Before we begin each unit, students will be given a pre-test.  This pre-test will help us to differentiate instruction, so that all students are challenged and learning at their own level.  If a student already knows a concept being taught, they will then be given a lesson enrichment activity that goes along with the same benchmark being taught or given a higher level thinking activity related to a math concept.   Differentiated instruction takes place during the Workshop time as well.

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