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MY CHILD IN SCHOOL
MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent

GRADE 4: MATHEMATICS

What your child is learning

You can find four areas, or “strands,” in Grade 4 math:

In the Number strands, children

  • add and subtract to 10 000, including numbers with decimals up to hundredths;
  • use mental mathematics to understand multiplication and division facts up to 9 X 9;
  • recall multiplication and related division facts up to 5 x 5;
  • multiply 2- or 3-digit numbers by 1- digit numbers, including multiplying by zero and by 1;
  • divide up to 2-digit numbers by 1- digit numbers, including dividing by 1;
  • name, record and order fractions and decimals (to hundredths) less than or equal to one.

In the Patterns and Relationships strand, children explain patterns in tables and charts.

For the Shape and Space strand, children

  • read and record time and calendar dates;
  • find areas of 2-D shapes;
  • solve problems involving 2-D shapes and 3-D objects.

In the Statistic and probability strand, children make and understand pictographs and bar graphs.

In order to achieve lifelong learning in mathematics, children:

  • communicate what they are thinking and learning;
  • connect math to everyday situations and other subjects;
  • estimate and use mental math strategies;
  • learn through problem solving;
  • reason and explain their thinking;
  • use technology to enhance their learning;
  • use visual images (think in pictures) to describe their thinking.

To find out more about what you child is learning, we encourage you to talk to the teacher. The department has also developed Curriculum Essentials posters that provide an overview of the knowledge, processes and skills for this subject area. You may also wish to refer to the Manitoba Curriculum Framework of Outcomes.

How your child is assessed

Your child’s teacher will assess students on the four math strands.  Your child’s progress will be measured in three categories, shown on your child’s report card:

  • knowledge and understanding
  • mental math and estimation
  • problem solving

The teacher will report on your child’s progress three times a year. The information from each report helps you to support your child’s learning. You can use it to talk with your child and your child’s teacher about results, strengths, challenges and what your child will be doing next.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions that are often asked about mathematics:

If you have a question that isn't answered here, you can ask your child's teacher or use the comment form on the left of the page.

What has changed in the new curriculum?

How can I stay informed about the revised mathematics program?

Will my child learn basic addition, subtraction and multiplication?

What do you mean by mental math and estimation?

What are mental math strategies?

How can I help my child with mental math and estimation?

What is meant by personal strategies?

What is meant by problem solving?