Fourth grade is an interesting and exciting year. Although they aren't quite the kings and queens of elementary school just yet, they thrive to be leaders. My students love to explore beyond the traditional pencil-to-paper lesson delivery, so I strive to teach them beyond classroom walls.
In our class, we start on day one, learning to respect, love, and celebrate our diversity.
I teach in a school where students come from a variety of backgrounds. Together, we work on building communication skills, that lead to strengthened friendships. We take the time to highlight our growth through positive praise.
In third grade, students are required to learn numbers to the hundreds place. However, by the time they leave fourth grade, they are exposed to numbers in the millions place value!
I want to give my students an all day math field day, once a quarter!
This will allow students to review math skills in an outdoor, engaging environment!
By placing students outside, they get the feel of a field day, but the challenge of math.Our first math field day will center around place value to the millions place, as well as addition and subtraction of large numbers. During the math field day, students will rotate to a variety of stations centering on what we have learned in math during this first quarter of school. Students will use the dice to roll large number to compete against each other to see who can create the largest numbers. They will also use the sacks to race in an obstacle course centering around math word problems using addition and subtraction. In addition, I will use the large Jenga blocks to place temporary math problems where students can pull a block and solve the problem on an answer document (these problems will cover comparing numbers, writing numbers three ways, addition, and subtraction of large numbers). Last, they will use the large Uno playing cards to create their own numbers to each place value to make and solve their own number sentences! This project is aimed for gathering materials that can be used in any math field day that I put together, and can be used to cover a variety of math skills.
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