Fourth grade summer work

Dear Families,  

We would like our rising fourth graders to practice their multiplication and division facts 1-10 through the summer so that they will be fluent and automatic with these facts by the start of school. There are many ways to accomplish this. You might choose from the following list of websites and games or you might choose flashcards. These triangle flashcards are great for seeing the relationship between multiplication and division facts. However you and your child decide to practice, please work with them 3 times a week for 15 minutes. Your rising fourth grader should keep track of their math fact practice with this Math Facts Practice Log. 

We have also created a short summer packet of math work that students should complete in August. You can access download and print this packet here, or pick it up at Gordon this summer. We recommend that you spend 15-20 minutes three times a week working on the math packet. This way, you will keep these concepts and skills fresh in your mind, which should make the start of the year easier. Please bring the math packet to your fourth grade teacher on the first day of school.

Reflex Math
Students will have access to Reflex Math accounts through the summer. We recommend that they continue using the app three times a week. If you need a user name and password to log in, please contact Eric Kravitz, the schoolwide math specialist, at ekravitz@gordonschool.org. If they are fluent with their facts in all four operations this will greatly increase their ability to do more cognitively challenging tasks like multi-digit multiplication, long division, and fraction operations.

Informal math conversations
Incorporate math into daily routines. Make change at a store. Determine how many hours you will swim over the course of the summer. Cook with your child using fractions and calculating the measurements you need.

Bedtime Math
This is a great website with daily short stories and problems that will provide you with great mathematical conversation starters. http://bedtimemath.org/

Gregtang.com
Go to Gregtang.com and click on online games.

Thinking Blocks
Students can go to http://www.mathplayground.com/thinkingblocks.html. This is a great way for them to practice bar modeling which is a powerful method to solve challenging word problems.  

Rising fourth graders should continue reading this summer, too. Ms. Martindale has put together a summer book list with wonderful options for you to read to your children and for them to read on their own. Along with sharing books with your child, please have your child read for at least thirty minutes, three times a week in a book at their level.

Please have your child complete our reading log for two of their books, including one of the titles from the Battle of the Books specified in Ms. Martindale’s summer list. The log can be filled out online at www.gordonschool.org/fourthsummerreading or printed out. If you need help figuring out appropriate books for your child, please let us know. Audiobooks are another great option, especially if you are traveling. You can get the text along with the audiobook and have your child follow along.  More on borrowing those at www.gordonschool.org/onlineborrowing

Enjoy!  
Amber, Kasia, Andrea and Eric