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Mathematics for a fourth grader is about learning how to build a connection with classroom concepts and real-world problem solving. Unlike your earlier classes, this year it’s going to be different than just memorizing the rules. Students will start focussing on the process and not just the solution to a problem. Continuing to work on different concepts that were taught in the previous years, fourth graders will develop a better understanding of numbers and mathematical problems through more complex multi-step word problem solving and multi-digit operations. The practice would help them to perform faster mental computations and thus, develop a better sense of estimation and judgement.
Fourth graders are expected to enhance their ability to do Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Multiple Operations and Grouping, Place Values, Decimals, Money, Time, Measurement and Geometry. Kids in their fourth grade must know multiplication tables up to 10. It is important for them to recall these facts quickly so as to understand and solve word problems faster.
‘Division’, ‘Fractions’ and ‘Decimals’ are three new concepts that will be introduced this year. Division (denoted by / or ÷ symbol) is a ‘fair sharing’ method which splits a number into equal parts or groups. It is the opposite of multiplication. For solving a division problem, you must acquaint yourself to the terms such as dividend, divisor, quotient and remainder.
Now that you have developed a strong number sense in your previous grades, it’s time to get introduced to a numerical quantity that is not a whole number. They are a tiny part of something. Such quantities are known as ‘Fractions’ (Example: ½, ¼, and 1/10). Fourth graders will also learn how to add and subtract fractions having same denominators. They would also be able to solve mixed fractions and equivalent fractions.
These kids would next be introduced to decimal numbers. Decimal numbers are used to denote integer and non-integer numbers. Students learn to equate decimal fractions in a better way when such numbers are compared to money and other practical examples. The whole number part and the fractional part of such numbers are separated by a dot or a decimal point. (For example: 0.25 (representing 25/100 or ¼), 0.50 (representing 50/100 or 1/2) and 0.125 (representing 125/1000 or 1/8) and so on.
Fourth graders would also be required to solve complex word problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. For example:
Your mother made two pizzas and cut each of them into 6 slices. If you and your two other friends ate the same number of slices, how many slices did each one of you have? The answer would be: (6 X 2) ÷ 3 = 4 slices each.
SchoolQuizzes covers the entire curriculum of Maths for 4th graders. Each topic has 10 questions to solve. Though each quiz has no fixed time limit, consider yourself a Fourth Grade Achiever if you can finish each test within 15 minutes or less. Since you’re a Fourth grader now, you can do some Mental Maths for Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division and solving Word Problems and skip using writing instruments. As always, don’t take the help of the calculator or the internet! Make it a habit to give at least one quiz every day to excel and develop interest in the subject. Start a Quiz now!