Elementary Concepts: Fourth Grade Math

Parents often wonder if their child is sufficiently prepared to advance to the next grade level. This article outlines the basic math skills your child should have acquired by the end of their fourth grade year.

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By the end of fourth grade, your child should be able to recognize and work with numbers up to 10,000. They should also be able to count by 3's, 4's, 6's, 7's, 8's, 9's and 10's up to 100. Before moving on to fifth grade, your child should be able to multiply and divide numbers up to 10 and understand the use and meaning of decimals to the hundredths place. Parents should also ensure that their fourth grader has a strong understanding of fractions.

Your fourth grade student should understand and be able to use inches, yards, miles, millimeters, centimeters and kilometers. They need to be able to measure accurately, estimate adequately and compute the perimeter of a variety of polygons. Fourth grade students should also demonstrate an understanding of money by being able to make change and add amounts of money up to $50. The measurement of mass and volume, along with the selection of proper units for their measure will also be taught to the fourth grade student.

By the end of grade four a student should be able to classify and identify geometric figures. They will be taught how to measure angles with protractors and apply rotations, translations, and reflections to geometric figures and angles.

If you feel that your child is deficient in one or more of the math skills outlined in this article, you may want to discuss their progress with their teacher or an administrator at his or her school. A tutoring service can assess your child's needs and create a lesson specifically for them. Online tutoring options abound and can be as effective as a more traditional face-to-face tutoring program.

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