4th Grade

Valuable Websites

Fun Brain - Play grammar and math games online
Math worksheets - Get homework and other worksheets from the days lesson
Math Hunt - Test your math and reading skills
Math Flashcards - Practice your math facts with online flashcards
Geometry Activities - Fun Geometry activities
Language Arts Activities - These activities go with our Reading series
PBSKIDS - Fun activities from PBS

Homework Information

One of the first questions many parents have of their child's teacher concerns homework:
 
How much homework will my child be assigned?
Homework serves a variety of purposes. It allows students to practice skills they have learned in school. The homework assignments are also a useful communication tool for parents to see what skills the students are learning in school. Finally, homework provides practice in a number of 'life-skills' including time management, working independently, being responsible with necessary materials and tools, and problem solving when complications occur.
 
What kind of homework will be assigned?
Fourth grade students should expect about 40 - 60 minutes of homework each weeknight (Monday through Thursday). In general, homework is not sent home over weekends unless it is make-up work for an extended absense, a long term project, or extra practice work that the parents and I agree would be beneficial for the student.
On most nights, students will be assigned math practice, ELA homework (spelling, reading, writing, grammar, etc.) and to read independently for 20 - 30 minutes.

How will I know what has been assigned for homework?
The homework for each night is posted in the classroom. It is the responsibility of each fourth grader to copy their own homework. During the first trimester of the school year, students will have their agendas checked daily for the correct assignments written down.

What happens when my child does not complete an assignment?
Students who do not complete homework are at a disadvantage for many of our learning activities during the day. Parents will be notified when their child has not completed a homework assignment and the student will be sent to Homework Club during recess.

Math Facts

Vocabulary Help & Strategies
8+5=13  8 and 5 are addends; 13 is the sum
   
17-9=8  17 is the minuend; 9 is the subtrahend; 8 is the difference
   
4x5=20  4 and 5 are factors; 20 is the product
   
12/3=4  3 is the divisor; 4 is the quotient (and 12 is the dividend)
    
Please remember that the goal is for students to "master" the basic math facts so they know the answers without needing to use these strategies. These strategies are to be used for students to reach mastery.

Multiplication Facts
* Skip counting is not fast or accurate; other strategies are faster and more reliable
* x2 - doubles (5x2 = 5+5 = double 5 = 10)
* x4 - double the doubles (6x4 = 6x2 = 12+12 = 24)
* x8 - double - double - double

Division
* "Halving" is the opposite of "doubles" - use the ideas for multiplication by "halving" the numbers

Supplies for Success

  • 2inch 3 ring binder
  • 6 folders (3 hold punched) to go inside large binder
  • Pencils (disposable mechanical are the best choice)
  • Colored pencils (these are very important!)
  • Dry Erase Marker (any color, non-toxic, low odor)
  • Ruler (bendable rulers do not work well)
  • Closed pencil sharpener
  • Crayons (24 pack)
  • Erasers (separate from pencil)
  • Pencil box (8 1/2" x 5 1/2")
  • Package of lined paper
  • Package of graph paper
  • Package of white printer paper
  • Box of tissues
  • Box of baby wipes
  • Highlighter
  • Scissors
  • 1 old sock
  • Glue stick
  • Water bottle
Supply Don'ts:
  • Do not buy folders without holes or pockets
  • Do not buy pens of any kind
  • Do not buy mechanical pencils that require you to buy lead
  • If buying packs with multiple pieces (highlighters, expo markers, pencils, etc.) please do not send the whole pack to school.  Send one or two pieces at a time.