Prepare for 4th Grade Math Success in September

We all get a little anxious when it’s time to go back to school. Equip your child with math confidence to ease that back-to-school anxiety. Here are the 4th grade math concepts you can build on before September rolls around.4th grade math pencil shavings

Use the questions and activities provided below to gauge your student’s confidence in math concepts from 3rd grade. Mastering these skills will provide your child with the strong fundamentals that they will need not only in 4th grade math classes but for the rest of their academic journey.

Solve Algebraic Problems

Is your child confident in solving the following algebraic problems?

  • Solve multiplication and division problems
  • Multiply and divide within 100
  • Use the Order of Operations to solve two-step word problems
  • Identify and can explain patterns in arithmetic

Numbers and Operations in Base Ten

Can your child comfortably use place value to solve arithmetic problems with bigger numbers?

  • Use place value to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100
  • Add and subtract within 1000 (Example: 955 – 45)
  • Multiply whole numbers by multiples of 10 (Example: 5 x 80)

Numbers as Fractions

Does your child understand what a fraction is? Ask them these questions.

  • What part of 1 does this fraction represent?
  • Where on the number line does this fraction exist?
  • Are these fractions equal? (Example: 1/2 and 2/4)
  • Express a whole number as a fraction (Example: 3/1 = 3 and 4/4 = 1)
  • Use symbols like >, <, or = to compare fractions with the same numerator or same denominator

Measurement and Data

Your child can solve problems that involve measurement and estimation of intervals of time, liquid volumes, and masses of objects.

  • Display data in a numerical way
  • Measure geometric shapes
  • Explain and measure area, perimeter, and lines


Your student can recognize, measure, and reason with geometric shapes.

  • Identify the difference between a rhombus, rectangle, and square
  • Partition shapes into parts with equal areas
  • Express the area of each shape as a unit fraction of the whole

4th Grade Math Practice

Your student should feel comfortable completing the following math tasks:

  • Understand math problems and find ways to solve them
  • Reason with numbers in an abstract way
  • Reason with numbers in a quantitative way
  • Create arguments using mathematical reason
  • Use math to model a situation or problem
  • Use tools to solve math problems
  • Look for and make sure of structure
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning

4th Grade Math Readiness Activity Ideas

Before September rolls around, assure that your child has mastered 3rd grade math concepts like fractions, measurement, data, and shapes. You can gauge your child’s understanding of these math concepts with the activity ideas provided below.

  • These fraction manipulatives help students of any learning styles to be engaged in the lessons and to learn about fractions in visual, kinesthetic and practical ways.
  • Use this liquid measurement set to apply measurement concepts in a hands-on way.’
  • Use these workbooks for daily summer math practice that will ease the transition from 3rd to 4th grade.

Math Concepts to Come

Want to get ahead in math classes? Here are a few concepts your child will be introduced to in 4th grade. Check out resources to prepare for 4th grade math.

  • Order of Operations
  • Factors and multiples
  • Mathematical patterns
  • Compare fractions
  • Convert measurements
  • Identify, draw, and measure lines and angles
  • Draw and identify lines and angles


Source: Core Standards

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