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Students entering 4th grade come with diverse number sense, basic math understanding, and computation skills. Daily ability-based math groups allow each child’s specific needs to be addressed with both direct instruction as well as independent work.  When taught in this manner, the teacher has the opportunity to examine each child’s strengths and weaknesses, and identify appropriate strategies and accommodations.

What We Do

• Practicing multiplication and division with whole numbers
• Solving problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions and decimals.
• Developing fluency with multiplication through 12 x 12 and the corresponding division facts
• Applying knowledge of place value and the properties of addition and multiplication as strategies for solving problems
• Refining estimation skills for computations and measurements
• Identifying and describing representations of points, lines, line segments, rays, and angles, including endpoints and vertices
• Describing and comparing characteristics of plane and solid figures
• Using concrete models and pictorial representations to solve problems involving perimeter and area, patterns, probability, and equivalence of fractions and decimals.

How We Do It

• CRA Instruction (Concrete-Representational-Abstract)
• Daily re-looping of previously learned materials
• Create bar graphs and pie charts to represent data
• Use of Manipulatives (i.e. counters, number line, base 10 blocks, fraction tiles, money, clocks)/multi-sensory activities during direct instruction and independent work
• Games and practice in both independent and small group settings
• Group and independent activities utilizing technology (i.e. IPads, Smartboard)
• Explicit instruction with calculators
• Formative and Summative assessments

Accommodations

• Use of number lines, multiplication charts during independent work/assessments
• Use of manipulatives during independent work/assessments
• Repetition and practice of skills to increase math fact fluency
• Use of graph paper to organize multiplication and division problems