Grade 4 Math

The fourth grade mathematics curriculum focuses on deepening the students' number sense, developing problem solving strategies and articulating how to generate a solution. The students solidify multiplication through various activities and they became familiar with solving multi-digit multiplication equations by using many methods including the traditional algorithm. The fourth graders also learn how to identify and define prime numbers and further their understanding of mathematical symbols, including parentheses. Students learn to apply their knowledge of division to solve division problems using two different algorithms. Additionally, the students extend their existing knowledge of place value to learn about decimal place value, using the tenths, hundredths and thousandths places. The fourth graders learn to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. They tackle fractions by becoming comfortable adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators and familiar with how to add and subtract fractions with uncommon denominators. The students become proficient at ordering fractions and gain a deeper understanding of fractions by working with Cuisenaire Rods to represent fractional parts. To link to our unit on decimals, the fourth graders learn the relationships among fractions, decimals, and percents. They also work to represent fractional parts of whole numbers. After fractions, the students learn about 3D shapes, polygons, quadrangles and other terminology through a study of geometry.

Our fourth grade students will:

  • learn to value mathematics and to appreciate the role of mathematics in other curriculum areas as well as in their daily experiences
  • become confident in their own mathematical ability
  • communicate mathematically through discussing and writing about mathematical ideas
  • reason mathematically and draw logical conclusions
  • explore number patterns
  • learn and practice a variety of problem solving strategies
  • become computationally proficient with whole numbers
  • acquire a solid foundation in understanding decimals and fractions