Grade me tips

Teach the dreaded word problem.

With these word problem activities and strategies.

Watch videos.

It’s much more fun to teach multiplication and division when you’re watching a video!

Focus on fractions.

If it’s not math fluency, it’s fractions. The better understanding fourth graders have of fractions, the better off they’ll be when the quantities get more complicated or the operations get sophisticated. We really love this poolnoodle fractions hack for teaching 4th grade.

Learn about area and perimeter with robots!

How fun are these ’bots? Students apply their understanding of area and perimeter by creating different robots based on mathematical specifications provided to them.

Reinforce prime numbers with a fun card game.

Prime numbers become instantly cool when you use them to win this card game from Education.com! Download the activity for free here.

Practice math skills with the most mathematical icebreaker ever.

This is a great first-day-of-school activity that doubles as both an icebreaker and a math review of last year’s skills. Students create a poster of math equations representing different aspects of who they are, and then they can get to know each other by solving the problems. Bonus: You’ll have instant wall art for Back-to-School Night! From Fourth Grade Fun in Florida

Try a vocabulary activity. Or 15!

Use RAFTs, try vocabulary Jeopardy, and more with these vocabulary activities.

Teach the difference between literal and figurative meanings through writing and drawing.

Take sentences from your class’s current text that use figurative language and have students (literally!) illustrate and explain the difference in the literal and figurative meanings of the expressions.

Teach how to use context clues to bridge into larger close reading skills.

We love this anchor chart.

Teach the difference between tone and mood with this helpful anchor chart.

Practice applying the definitions by reading passages in class and asking students to identify the difference between tone and mood in each passage.

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