How to Prepare for the Trickiest Years of Elementary Math

When a child enters 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, they are about to embark on the trickiest years in elementary math. Parents start to see more complicated math homework including the order of operations, fractions, measurement, and one of the trickiest concepts – multiplication.

How Parents Can Prepare for the Tricky Elementary Math Years

Going back to school means building on the concepts learned last year. But what if your child is a little shaky on last year’s math concepts? Here’s a guide of math concepts to review & build on before your elementary student goes back to school.

3rd Grade Math Prep

If your child is entering 3rd grade this year, spend summer weeks reviewing math concepts like addition, subtraction, and measurement. Here are a few activity ideas to include during your math review.

  • liquid measuring setReinforce your child’s addition and subtraction facts. The Musical Math Facts program provides a fun way for 2nd and 3rd graders to master the 100 basic addition facts and the 100 related subtraction facts with the help of a singing monkey!
  • Practice addition, subtraction, and order of operations with the Math Slam Game. Keep it handy for 3rd grade math concepts like multiplication and division too!
  • Use this liquid measurement set to apply measurement concepts in a hands-on way.

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4th Grade Math Prep

If your child is entering 4th grade, they should have basic fractions, measurement, and the order of operations down to a T. Here are a few activity ideas to include during your math review before starting 4th grade math classes.

  • fraction manipulativesThese 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.

Learn More About 4th Grade Math Concepts

5th Grade Math Prep

Many students struggle with 5th grade math concepts. This year, your child might ask you for help with graphing, measurement, fractions and division. Are you and your child ready for 5th grade math? Here’s a list of activities for your incoming 5th grader to strengthen before heading back to school.

  • times talesTimes Tales – Master the upper times tables with these math videos that explain multiplication tables with silly stories!
  • Factors and Multiples – This packet has everything that you need to review factors and multiples, as well as practice finding Greatest Common Factors and Least Common Multiples.
  • 4th to 5th Grade Summer Workbooks – Provides teacher-developed practice activities in major subject areas to help your child make a successful transition from one grade to the next.

Learn More About 5th Grade Math Concepts


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How Parents Can Prepare for the Trickiest Math Years