Math Empowers 4

Middletown Township Public Schools

FOURTH GRADE - 2nd QUARTER 2016-2017

Fraction Equivalence and Ordering

Standard: 4.NF.A - Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.

Don’t forget that a Fraction Tower Classroom Basics Kit is useful to demonstrate equivalency and ordering of fractions! They are a great hands-on tool for teachers and for students.

Here are some great games to play…

¨ Equivalent Fractions – Illuminations game to create equivalent fractions by dividing and shading squares or circles, and match each fraction to its location on the number line.

¨ Dirt Bike Game: Comparing Fractions - A multi player tug of war game for comparing fractions.

¨ Comparing Fractions – Click on the symbol to compare fractions.

¨ Fraction Splat – Click on the target fractions.

Add and Subtract Fractions

Standard: 4.NF.B - Build fractions from unit fractions.

When adding and subtracting fractions, students should understand that a fraction (with a numerator greater than 1) is made up of unit fractions, e.g. 3/7 = 1/7 + 1/7 + 1/7. Remember to show that addition and subtraction of fractions is joining and separating parts referring to the same whole.

Here are some great games to play ...

¨ FractONE – A game where students click on sums of one.

¨ Fraction Game – An Illuminations activity where students work with relationships among fractions and ways of combining fractions on a number line.

100th Day of School

Thursday, February 16 is the 100th day of school this year (pending any snow days, of course).

Ideal Math Lesson vs. Workshop Model

The Ideal Math Lesson has four main components:

- Engage/Explore where the teacher guides the students through a discovery of the lesson,
- Explain/Elaborate where students complete their formative assessment,
- Differentiation based on the assessment, which can consist of centers or stations, and
- Evaluate where the lesson is summed up and reflected upon.

The Workshop Model, as used in Reading and Writing, differs from this model. For more about the comparison between the two different models, please click here.

Tier 1 with DreamBox

Reminder: DreamBox Learning added a new feature this school year, called AssignFocus. This feature allows teachers to create focused assignments for their entire class, a group of students, or even one student. This feature engages students strategically with differentiated lesson(s) the next time they log in. These assignments take into account each student’s prior knowledge, demonstrated proficiency and readiness for learning. AssignFocus can be used for many different reasons, one of them being for Intervention purposes. DreamBox data will provide a guide to picking the student's intervention goal and provide a way to work toward meeting this goal. Try using it for Tier 1 instruction!

Elementary Math Specialist Danielle Seibert

Please email me or your building Math Specialist with any questions or needs for support. "It takes a village"...let's stick together and share resources. Contact me or your building Math Specialist with any great ideas, tips, or creative classroom hacks that you would like to share with your fellow Grade 4 teachers.