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Letter for incoming 4th gradersDear Fourth Graders and Parents,
Welcome to grade 4! We look forward to meeting you and your child this fall as we begin our academic journey together. Fourth grade is an exciting year of growth and achievement which builds upon the important skills children have previously attained.
Attached you will find a suggested supply list for fourth graders. While this list is “suggested”, please be advised that the classroom supply budget is minimal, and only allows teachers to provide students with shared materials.
As you know, students have been issued a summer reading list, to enable them to continue to practice essential reading skills over the summer months. You can also find thesummer reading list on the web. We hope that you enjoy reading some of the books on your list. Remember that there will be a reward in the fall for completing your summer reading!
In addition, we have attached a list of fun math activities. It contains ideas for incorporating third grade math skills into popular summer vacation activities. In a relaxed and painless manner, you can review many math skills. At the same time, we know you will begin to realize just how useful math can be in “Everyday” real-life situations. Please have your parents initial any math activities that you complete over the summer. Feel free to add any additional math activities to your list. Students returning initialed math sheets will be given a blue ticket in the fall. Working as a team is second nature to the fourth grade teachers. One goal for you will be to work as a team both within your class and across the grade. Please take the time to visit our classroom websites. You can find us by going to the Kennedy School website Then click fourth grade. To learn more about Mrs. Williams and her summer adventures, including book recommendations and other fun information, go her blog The Shiny Red Apple. Each teacher will post a letter for her students and one for their parents on this site at the end of this summer. We hope you enjoy learning about some fourth grade activities.
The Fourth Grade Teachers
Summer Math ActivitiesName ____________________________
Suggested Summer Math Activities for Incoming Fourth Graders
Parents: Please initial every activity your child does this summer. Students returning initialed math sheets will be given a blue ticket in the fall.
In the Car
Count by 5s to 100-start with 2, then 3, etc.
Count the cars on the highway
Estimate the number of cars in a parking lot
Make tally marks for the number if red, white or blue cars you se on the highway
At a red light, count by 3s; start with 2, then 3 etc.
Multiply the numbers on a license plate-divide if you can
List the factors of the numbers on a license plate
Try to find all fifty states on license plates
Keep a tally mark of all the cars from a certain region of the US
At the Beach
Estimate the number of shells on a section of the beach.
Measure your beach towel.
Estimate how long it will take your ice cubes to melt, time it.
Draw a plan for a sand castle and build it.
Count how many waves crash on shore in 5 minutes, then calculate for 15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes.
Count by 2s, 5s, and 10s while you apply your suntan lotion.
Keep a tally of the number of times you actually get bitten by flies
Shopping Buy an ice cream cone (with an adult). Pay, and then count your change.
Weigh some fruit at the grocery store.
Use nickels and dimes at the candy penny store-how much can you get?
Estimate: Can mom buy the first 3 things in the cart with $10.
Look through a flyer for back to school supplies-what can you buy for $10?
At the Movies
Estimate the number of people in the theatre
Count the number of previews you will see and then determine the probability of how many of those movies you will see. Make it a fraction and percent.
Count the number of chairs in 1 row across the movie theater, count, the number of rows and then determine the number of seats in the theater.
Pay for your popcorn. Count your change.
How much change should get from $10 for a ticket? Can you buy a snack?
Compute the elapsed time from the beginning of the previews until the end, from the beginning of the movie until the end.
At a Restaurant
Estimate how much your meals will cost.
Make a pattern with the sugar packets.
Count how many seats are at your table, and then count the tables.
How many seats are in the restaurant?
Look at the menu and find three items totaling $15.
Estimate the total cost of the bill.
Compute the elapsed time it took from the time the waiter takes your order until you get your food.
How many pieces of silverware do you have? In all on the table?
Make a list of two different appetizers, two different entrees, and two different desserts? How many possible combinations?
Count some loose change. Count the money in your piggy bank.
Read the temperature on the thermometer make a line grpah of the daily changes for a week.
Cut a piece of bread in half, thirds or fourths. What other fractions can you make?
Roll a die two times, multiply.
Estimate your Dad’s height in feet and inches. Then measure him.
Count the goldfish in a bowl.
Make a number line from -20 to 20.
Measure your waist in centimeters an inches.
Count the number of “pops” in a bag of popcorn in the microwave.
Make cookies with a grown-up. Help measure the ingredients.
Count by 10s or 25 as you make your bed, star with 2, 4, etc.
Measure the refrigerator in feet and inches.
Listen to the weather forecast. Subtract the lower temperature from the higher one.
Go for a walk. Calculate the elapsed time from when you began until you stopped.
Count the number of laps you swim in the pool.
Count the number of baskets you make in 10 tries. Predict how many you will make in 20, 30 etc. Write a fraction and percent.
Estimate the number of times you will drink water at football/soccer practice.
Determine the elapsed time from the beginning of a thunderstorm until the end.
Draw 6 triangles. Cut them out and glue them into an interesting pattern/design.
Copy the prices of 5 items bought at the store. Don’t forget dollar signs and decimal points. Add them.
Draw a square, triangle, rectangle and circle. Tell someone how they are the same and different.
Draw a picture in the driveway with chalk. Use only polygons. Label them.
Write a math story about a cartoon character.
Count the kernels on one side of an ear of corn, and then estimate the total number of kernels on the ear.
Take a timed math test
Check out some of our cool web sites for fun math practice.
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