Math Empowers 4

Middletown Township Public Schools

Grade 4 - Second Trimester 2017-2018

Growth Mindset with ClassDojo

Interested in motivating your students to adopt a growth mindset? ClassDojo and Stanford's PERTS Research Center teamed up to create the the first season of The Mojo Show. The five-episode video series (along with a few incredible activities) highlight the power of having a growth mindset, and how any student can learn this skill!


Click here to view a great starting activity called "Your brain is like a muscle."

The Perils and Promises of Praise

How do you praise your students? Click here to read Carol Dweck’s article “The Perils and Promises of Praise” on the subject. Did you know that:
    • The wrong kind of praise creates self defeating behavior.

    • The right kind of praise motivates students to learn.

    • When students believe that they can develop their intelligence, they focus on doing just that.

Read below to get some great ideas on how to best praise your students.

10 Growth Mindset Praises for Teachers to Give Students

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Equivalent Fractions - 4.NF.A1

Generating and recognizing equivalent fractions is a major skill for fourth graders to develop. Consider using an equivalent fraction version of the popular game "I Have, Who Has? - Equivalent Fractions" to engage your students.

Compare and Order Two Decimals - 4.NF.C7

Consider using the Investigations Game "Smaller to Larger" to compare and order fractions with your students. In this game, students take turns to order fractions on a game mat. Use a combination of Decimal Card Set A and the supplemental Decimal Card Set C with your students.

Compare Two Decimals - 4.NF.C7

The 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.

The 100th Day of School is Almost Here!



Students love to celebrate 100 and February 20 will be the 100th Day of School. One fun idea is to make 100, 100 ways. How many different expressions can fourth graders discover?


Another fun idea is having a cup building challenge. Give each team 100 solo cups. Which team can build the tallest structure? The widest? A structure where layers represent factors and multiples? Have fun!

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With + Math = I Can

Join the Movement! Making a commitment to growth as a class can be a GAME CHANGER...but how can this be done? Start a journey to achieve a growth mindset together by stop saying “I’m not good at math” and be okay with making mistakes! When you embrace failure, you grow stronger.


Click here to watch a video and take a pledge together with your class - you’re on your way!

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Danielle Seibert

Elementary Math Specialist