4th Grade Math Labs
4th Grade Math Labs will be held on Wednesdays from 8:10-9:15 a.m.
In math labs, a volunteer will be working with a group of five to six students on a variety of math problems including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and word problems. The students will be divided into groups based on assessments done by the teachers.
Each class participates in math labs for a half an hour every other week. This may not sound like much time but it is amazing to see how much of a difference these 30 minutes can make.
The students are each given a packet consisting of ten practice worksheets and ten tests. Each practice worksheet is followed by a test consisting of similar problems to those on the practice worksheet.
You may answer any questions they may have as they work on practice worksheets but cannot provide assistance on tests. Please check their answers on their practice worksheets as they work to catch errors quickly.
You will have both an answer key and a calculator.
The students will work at their own pace. The practice worksheets and tests are not timed.
We can help them as much as they need on the practice worksheets, but the tests that follow each practice sheet we cannot offer them help. They have to score 80% or better on the test to move on to the next sheet in their packet, but we have them correct their tests to 100% which has worked well.
If a student seems to be really struggling conceptually, please send the student to the teacher for additional help so that you may assist other students in your group. Each student will have a folder for the packet they are working on and a tracking sheet to record their progress. Please record your name and completion dates on practice worksheets and scores of tests.
At the end of the session, students are to place all completed and recorded worksheets and tests in their mailbox.
The students have been exposed to a variety of problem solving methods. You are free to assist them using the method you are most comfortable with or whatever method the student appears to utilizing.