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## What Math do students learn?

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**What Math do students learn?**Fourth Grade**Focus on Understanding**This year students will be learning the Mathematics Florida Standards (MAFS). One of the most important things about the standards is that students need to DEEPLY understand math concepts.**Critical Areas**The MAFS have Critical Areas for each grade level, these are the main focus of math instruction. For Fourth Grade, these are: • Developing understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication, and developing understanding of dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends • Developing an understanding of fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers • Understanding that geometric figures can be analyzed and classified based on their properties, such as having parallel sides, perpendicular sides, particular angle measures, and symmetry • Using grade-level appropriate Mathematical Practices**Report Card**The most important standards for Fourth Grade are evaluated on the report card: • *Demonstrates understanding of place value concepts up to 1,000,000 and of decimals • * Fluently adds and subtracts and uses efficient strategies to multiply and divide • * Understands fraction equivalence, adds and subtracts fractions with like denominators, and multiplies a fraction by a whole number • Uses algebraic thinking to determine the unknown in an equation and analyzes patterns • Solves problems involving measurement and converting units • Constructs and analyzes line plots with fractions • * Classifies 2-D shapes by their lines and angles and draws lines of symmetry • * Uses grade-level appropriate mathematical practices *Denotes critical Power Standard for the grade level.**Investigations**To help build a deep understanding, we will be spending the majority of our time working with Investigations in Number, Data, and Space.**Investigations in Class**In school, students: • investigate problems • work in collaborative groups • use various strategies • communicate thinking orally and in writing • play educational games**Investigations at Home**At home, students may be asked to: • practice an activity or game from class • collect some information to be used in class • solve a few problems and explain how they solved the problems • solve problems in more than one way**Helping at Home**You can help your child by: • reading all of the Family Letters that are sent home • helping your child find a place at home to keep game materials and directions that are sent home • playing the games together that are sent home**Helping at Home**• asking your child questions when they are stuck rather than giving them an answer • “What do you need to find out?” • “How can you get started?” • “Have you done anything like this in school?” • keeping a positive attitude about math**Helping at Home**Online Student and Parent access to math software and Student Math Handbook**Florida Standards Assessment (FSA)**• Students in 4th grade will take the Math FSA at the beginning of Quarter 4. • FSA will test students’ understanding of the MAFS. • The questions on FSA expect students to deeply understand concepts. • http://fsassessments.org/**Parent Resources**Visit the District website’s Elementary Math page for more information about the 4th Grade standards, our math program, and how you can assist your child: http://www.collier.k12.fl.us/math/mcE.htm Visit the Investigations website for games and activities to play online: http://investigations.terc.edu/families/doing_math/games_index/