Grade 4 Month 9 The Wonder of Fractions 3
The third fraction block focuses on multiplying and dividing fractions—activities such as cooking and baking help highlight these math processes.
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Curriculum Areas/Learning Outcome
Connection: Your child is learning how to multiply and divide fractions.
Concept: Development of computational fluency and multiplicative thinking requires analysis of patterns and relations in multiplication and division.
Connection: Your child will work with vertical multiplication as well as long division.
Language Arts: Concept: Exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world.
Connection: Your child will be reading a book about the Indigenous experience.
Social Studies: Concept: Interactions between First Peoples and Europeans lead to conflict and cooperation, which continues to shape Canada’s identity.
Connection: Your child will read literature about the Indian Residential School experience.
These can be complicated concepts, and if your child finds them difficult to grasp, this unit may just be laying the groundwork for these new concepts. It may be that in the next grade, when this work is revisited, it will be more clearly understood. This means that trusting the process will be key for you as the parent. Allow your child the time it takes. When your child feels calm and relaxed, they are in the best position for learning.
If you can recall back to the second Fraction unit, your child learned how to find common denominators and then add and subtract fractions. There was a focus on understanding equivalent fractions as well. Depending on how much review took place in the last month’s unit, and how your child is feeling with the concepts learned in the second Fraction unit, there may need to be some review around these concepts. Day One of this unit will be dedicated to a review. As you observe your child, you will know whether more review is required. If so, integrate it into the daily 15 minutes of math practice.
During this unit, your child will work on long division. If they have already learned this concept, they can practice a few questions daily. Then make sure they check their answers, so they will be practicing vertical multiplication as well!
If your child is new to long division see this video for a step by step tutorial.
This unit will focus on positive personal and cultural identity. An Indigenous-themed book of your choice will serve as a source for comparing and contrasting your child’s own experiences with those of the people in the book. Your child will be led to investigate their own personal and cultural identity. They will discover the importance of having a positive feeling about their identity. In the third week, they will create an artistic representation of their findings, as well as a creative writing piece.
During Weeks 1 and 2, you will be guiding your child to consider what culture is, what their cultural experience is, and possibly an aspect of this could be their religious experience. They will see how this is part of their identity. Refer to the segment on Social Emotional Learning above. They will be guided to consider how it would feel if their culture was looked down upon, or if they felt ashamed of their culture. How could this affect how they feel about themselves on a personal level?