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Fourth Grade

  • Multiplication and Division – Use only the number cards from a deck of playing cards. Have your child turn over three cards to create a three-digit number. Turn over two cards yourself to create a two-digit number. Multiply the numbers. Check the result by solving the corresponding division problem together.
  • Equivalent Fractions – Write equivalent fraction pairs each on a separate index card. Arrange the cards face down and play “Memory” by turning over two cards. If the fractions are equivalent, keep the pair and take another turn. If not, return them face down, and the next player takes a turn.
  • Three Dimensional Figures – Use geometric terms to name everyday items, such as a “soccer sphere,” “trash cylinder,” and “cardboard rectangular prism.”

Fifth Grade

  • Fractions and Decimals – Write decimal equivalents for the fractions in the fourth grade “Memory” game, and add the decimal cards to the stack. Equivalent fractions and decimals, such as 1/2 and 0.5 are a match.
  • Adding and Subtracting Fractions – When cooking together, have your child add and subtract fractions in the recipe. Ask “How much brown sugar and flour will we need?” “How much more milk than oil is used?” “What is the total amount of all of the dry ingredients?”
  • Measurement – Find real-life applications for perimeter and area. Ask, “Which is larger, the 18” round pizza or the 14” square?” “What is the perimeter of the basketball court?” “Which suitcase has the greatest volume?”
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