Fourth grade is a key year for a child’s math education. Granted, every grade in elementary school math is important, but your 4th grade math student faces new challenges as they transition from the flashcards and memorization of their younger years to more advanced concepts. (The type of concepts that will ultimately prepare them for algebra and geometry in middle and high school!)

Fourth grade students struggling with math can benefit from an afterschool math program or additional tutoring. But all kids at this age, whether proficient or requiring extra help, can keep their skills sharp with quick, enjoyable math drills outside of school.

Here are five effective and fun math drills and games that you can introduce to your 4th grader:

Parents may feel like chauffeurs in their children’s busy lives, but time in the car can be turned into opportunities. There are numbers all over the road- like on car license plates!

Tell your to find a car and read the numbers on the plate.

From these numbers, there are endless possibilities for drills:

- Double the , or divide it by two
- the digits together
- Turn the first two digits into one and by the third
- Round to the nearest ten or hundred
- Reverse the and add it to the original

Does your need to brush up on and division skills?

Roll two dice and the generated two- by the result of a third die, or divide the larger by the smaller (don’t forget the remainder!).

For more of a challenge, add another die to the second . This easy game for fourth graders provides and division work.

And of course, you can also use this for addition and practice too!

A deck of cards is great for a !

Take out the jacks, queens, and kings, and use the cards to generate two or three-

numbers. You can use the deck to play a game similar to dice, or you can play war.Flip two cards, them, and the higher product wins the opponent’s cards-just like regular war. For more of a challenge, use three cards at a time, generating a two- to be multiplied by the third card; you might not get many wars, but your will get a LOT of !

Most students have had experience counting multiples of single- numbers and 10 (e.g., count by threes: 3, 6, 9, 12 …).

But have they ever counted by 14s or 27s?

This drill will challenge kids to add and in their heads.

Pick a low (at first) two- and count by that to at least past 100. For an added twist, ask your child to guess how many times the two- will be counted in the three- (e.g., about how many times will 19 go into 200?). This adds estimation and a little bit of division into the process.

A trip to the grocery store opens the door to many real-world situations they may see in a !

Weighing produce: how much will five oranges cost at $1.75 a pound?

Determine actual prices on sale items: if eight packages of ramen noodles are $2.00, how much does each package cost?

Keeping a running tally of the food in your cart: use rounding and estimating skills to find the total.

An otherwise boring trip to the store becomes more exciting when you make it seem like a !

Do you** **remember getting handed a math worksheet in elementary school and having to complete it in a certain amount of time?

worksheets are an extremely popular and quick way for teachers to deliver fact fluency practice!

Your child can work on a variety of if you find the right .

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Absolutely! There are workbooks and online resources to ensure your child gets extra practice with the covered in the classroom.

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