Home Math Activities for Grade 4
These activities are easy and fun to do with your child at home, and they will reinforce the skills and concepts your child is learning in school.
- Have your child write numbers through the thousands and millions and practice reading them. Then select two and ask your child to tell which one is the greater number.
Chapters 1 and 2
- Gather money from piggy banks or wallets. Ask your child to show you two different amounts, such as $1.33 and $4.20. Practice adding or subtracting the amounts. Your child can use a calculator to check the answers.
- Practice extended facts with your child. Start with 3 x 10, 3 x 100, and then try 3 x 1,000. Have your child make up extended facts for you to calculate.
- During trips in the car, let your child know how far you will be traveling and the approximate speed you will be moving at. Ask your child to estimate about how long it will take to get to your destination.
- When grocery shopping, ask your child to help you find the “best buy” by comparing the cost per unit (ounce, gram) of different package sizes. For example, compare the cost of a family-size box of cereal with the cost of a regular-size box.
- Write whole numbers and decimals for your child to read, such as 650.02. Ask your child to identify the digits in the various places in the numbers—tens place, ones place, tenths place, etc.
- Encourage your child to recognize how probability is used in everyday situations, such as weather reports. Have your kids make a list of things that could never happen, things that might happen, and things that are sure to happen.
- Have your child look for repeating borders or frieze patterns (a design made of shapes that are in a line or lined up) on buildings, rugs, and floors. Your child may want to sketch the friezes or draw original patterns.
- Have your child find the volume of various rectangular prisms around your house, such as shoe boxes, and fish tanks.
- Help your child identify real-world examples of right angles and parallel lines.
- Have your child compile a shapes scrapbook or create a collage of labeled shapes. Images can be taken from newspapers, magazines, photographs, etc.
- Help your child look up the population and land area of the state and city in which you live, and compare these facts with those of other states and cities.
- Hide an object in a room of your house, and give your child directions for finding it. Your child can move only according to your directions, and the directions can be given only in fractions or degrees. For example, say “Make a ¼ turn and walk 3 ½ steps. Now, turn 180 degrees and walk 4 steps.” Switch roles and have your child hide an object and give you directions to find it.
- Make a game of finding and classifying angles (acute, obtuse, and right) in everyday things.
- Have your child measure the perimeters of the rooms in your house or of household objects. Then have him/her find the area of the objects.
- Use sidewalk chalk to make a number line with positive and negative numbers. Have your child solve addition problems by walking on the number line. For example: to solve -2 + 6, your child would start on the -2 and walk to the right six numbers to find the sum.
Adapted from Wright Group/McGraw-Hill