Math Empowers 4

Middletown Township Public Schools

Grade 4 - First Trimester 2018-2019

Save the Date!

Graham Fletcher is coming to Middletown on December 11th 2018 for 4th grade math teachers! He has served in education as a classroom teacher, math instructional lead, and currently as a math specialist. Graham’s work with the math progressions and problem-based lessons has led him to present throughout North America and beyond. He is continually advocating for best practice in elementary mathematics by seeking new and innovative ways to support students and teachers in their development of conceptual understanding. We are honored to host him in Middletown this winter! Check out his website, or his library of 3-Act Tasks, or his progression videos. You can also follow him on Twitter: @gfletchy

Why Mathematical Practices Matter as Much as the Content

It seems that many students' goals during math class is focused around getting the "correct answer," and not the process in which they use to get there. In the article, titled "Why Mathematical Practices Matter as Much as the Content," the author, a teacher himself, discusses the importance of students fortifying their knowledge of math while working through the mathematical practices. These practices teach students how to approach math problems so that they in turn become better at math, by being able to make sense of and defend their answers with facts. To read more, click here.

Ways to Engage your Students this Season

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.

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!

Danielle Seibert

Elementary Math Specialist