Math Empowers 4

Middletown Township Public Schools

Grade 4 - First Trimester 2017-2018

13 Days of Spooky Math Challenges!

Are you prepared to keep your students focused on learning math during the excitement of the Halloween season? These Halloween Math Worksheets allow you to inject a little bit of spooky mathematics into your lessons this month. Each Halloween Math Worksheet shares a challenge question with answers appropriate for all elementary and middle school grade levels. They are perfect for warm-ups, exit tickets, and classroom extensions. Click here to check them out!

Patterns 4.OA.C5

In Chapter 5, students will discover numerical patterns. Don't forget to look at the Math Instruction Resources sheet for some great activities and resources. Stop that Creature is a function machine game where the students have to name the rule. There are also Number Pattern Cards and a Number Pattern Sheet.

Here's a great Growth Mindset video for your class!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1CHPnZfFmU

Growth Mindset

Carol Dweck and her colleagues have shown that everyone has a mindset, a core belief about how they learn (Dweck, 2006). People with a growth mindset are those who believe that smartness increases with hard work, whereas those with a fixed mindset believe that you can learn things but you can’t change your basic level of intelligence. Mindsets are critically important because they lead to different learning behaviors, which in turn create different learning outcomes. Students with a fixed mindset are more likely to give up easily, whereas students with a growth mindset are persistent and keep going even when work is hard. How great would it be if all students had a growth mindset? Click here to read more.

2017 Fall DreamBox Math Challenge

This year's Fall Challenge will be taking place from November 5th to December 9th.

This challenge is not about lesson completion, but about Growth. The school with the highest percentage growth per student will be the winner of the district banner. Log into your Dreambox dashboard to see how much your students' brains have grown. Ask your building Mathematics Specialist how you can analyze students data to drive small group instruction and increase your students' growth.

Mathical Awards

Math is more than numbers and equations! The Mathical Book Prize is an annual award for fiction and nonfiction books that inspire children of all ages to see math in the world around them. Mathical Award Winners and Honor Books are selected by a nationwide committee of mathematicians, educators, librarians, and authors. Each year’s selections join a growing list of stories ranging from picture books and graphic novels to chapter books and young adult literature. Click here to check out the winners!

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Danielle Seibert

Elementary Math Specialist