Seven Math Skills your Child Will Learn in 4th Grade
In fourth grade math, students begin to explore more complex math concepts. Don’t get overwhelmed! The best way to support your child is to keep your attitude about math positive as you tackle fourth grade math together. Get started by learning more about what your child will be working on.
Over the year, your child will:
1. Multiply bigger numbers
Now that your child has a basic understanding of multiplication, it’s time to move on to working with bigger numbers. In fourth grade, students learn how to multiply four-digit numbers by one-digit numbers and multiply two two-digit numbers together.
2. Divide with remainders
Just like with multiplication, your fourth grader is ready to move onto more complex division problems. In fourth grade, your child will learn how to divide numbers of up to four digits. These problems will often involve remainders, which may be a new concept for your child to work with.
3. Find factors of numbers 1-100
Though your child is working on multiplying and dividing bigger numbers, she probably isn’t 100 percent fluent in multiplication and division facts.
4. Solve real-world word problems
Your child has been working on developing fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, so she’s ready to start solving problems using all of them (though maybe not all at once!). Your fourth grader is ready to solve multi-step word problems involving real-life scenarios around distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money.
5. Understand large numbers in various forms
In previous grades, your child has developed an understanding of place value. In fourth grade, it’s time to read and write multi-digit numbers in a variety of forms. Your child will learn to work with base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.
6. Work with fractions
Fourth graders generally have a basic understanding of fractions, but now they’ll learn more about equivalence and multiplying fractions. In fourth grade, students will learn how to compare two fractions with different denominators or different numerators. They will also work on multiplying fractions by a whole number.
7. Compare decimals
Students in fourth grade are developing an understanding of both large numbers and numbers less than 1, like fractions and decimals. In fourth grade, students will compare two decimals to the hundredths place.
There’s a lot of math learning that will happen over the course of fourth grade - make time to check in with your child regularly to hear all about it!
Written by Lily Jones, Lily loves all things learning. She has been a kindergarten & first grade teacher, instructional coach, curriculum developer, and teacher trainer. She loves to look at the world with curiosity and inspire people of all ages to love learning. She lives in California with her husband, two kids, and a little dog.
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