# Math Empowers 4

## Middletown Township Public Schools

## Grade 4 - Third Trimester 2018-2019

## Follow Dan Finkel on Twitter! @MathforLove

Have you seen Dan Finkel’s TEDx talk? If not, click here: __Five Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching__...you will soon be hooked! After obtaining his Ph.D. in mathematics, Dan became dedicated to understanding and teaching the motivation, history, aesthetics, and deep structure of mathematics. Like many of us, Dan has made it his goal to **“give everyone the chance to fall in love with mathematics.” **Check out __https://mathforlove.com/__, where you can find a free lesson library and information about learning through play with two great games called __Prime Climb__ & __Tiny Polka Dot__, both of which foster a love for mathematics.

## 20 Days of Number Sense & Rich Math Talk (K-12)

Steve Wyborney (creator of many popular numbers sense routines for K-12), has just finished and released a project that took him 7 months to complete. It's called __20 Days of Number Sense & Rich Math Talk__ - 20 days of lessons that give students a really good opportunity to experience number sense - and to experience very rich math discourse. He leveled the lessons so that they are available and accessible to ALL elementary students.

Included in this project are 4 different activities (and 5 days of each activity). Here is the breakdown:

Days 1-5: Estimation Clipboard

Days 6-10: Splat Activities

Days 11-15: Esti-Mysteries

Days 16-20: Cube Conversations

Your students will LOVE these activities...ask your math specialist if you have any questions or need any assistance.

## Represent and Interpret Data - 4.MD.B4

## Geometric Measurement: Understand Concepts of Angle and Measure Angles. - 4.MD.C

## Draw and Identify Lines and Angles and Classify Shapes - 4.G.A

## Understand Decimal Notation for Fractions - 4.NF.C5 and 4.NF.C6

## Order Decimals - 4.NF.C7

## Compare Two Decimals - 4.NF.C7

*Investigations*game "Decimal Compare" is an engaging game in which students have to compare decimals. Teachers can use the resource, "Decimal Compare - How to Play" to model the game for students. Similar to the game "Smaller to Larger," students can use a combination of Decimal Card Set A and the supplemental Decimal Card Set C to play.

## Procedural Understanding vs. Conceptual Understanding

*Procedural skill is still an essential piece but it is just as important as developing their conceptual understanding and the ability to apply mathematics. Often times we teach students how to do mathematics with the belief that they will be able to apply it when the moment comes.*" This is not always the case. To read more about this idea, please read these eye-opening articles, here and here