What’s Happening in Math This Year?

Begin with the end in mind.

-Stephen Covey, author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

It’s a big question: Mrs. Yakhnenko, what are you planning to teach in math?

We have a great math curriculum to keep students learning and inspired throughout the year! Be sure to stop by the classroom to check out our math projects–I’ll be posting as many as possible as soon as they are graded.

Here’s a list of all the big ideas and concepts we are planning to talk about in math this year!

Big Ideas in Mathematics

  • Number Uses, Classification, and Representation
  • Numbers and the Number Line
  • The Base-Ten Numeration System
  • Equivalence
  • Comparison and Relationships
  • Operation Meanings and Relationships
  • Estimation
  • Properties
  • Basic Facts and Algorithms
  • Variables, Expressions, and Equations
  • Solving Equations and Inequalities
  • Ratio and Proportionality
  • Patterns, Relations, and Functions
  • Geometric Figures
  • Measurement
  • Data Collection and Representation
  • Practices, Processes, and Proficiencies

What Successful Math Students Do

Here are the Standards for Mathematical Practice, as listed by the Common Core Standards. These are the types of behaviors I will be focusing on teaching in class, but it’s good for students to start thinking about what they look like as soon as possible.

I think about these behaviors like this: if I took a look at as many students as I could who succeed in math, they’d probably be able to do all these things:

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  • Model with mathematics
  • Use appropriate tools strategically
  • Attend to precision
  • Look for and make use of structure
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning

Fourth Grade Is A Big Math Year

Our class has definite missions in mind for mathematics this year. I’m thrilled with this curriculum and can’t wait to show your child that learning math can be challenging, exciting, and fun!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Yakhnenko

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