Teachers also work to strengthen kids’ math skills by tying them in to a variety of science activities and projects. For example, they may weigh and classify rocks and minerals.
Kids with math issues like dyscalculia may have more trouble learning abstract math concepts than other kids do.
These students may need more practice with basic reading skills. And they may need more instruction on how to interpret what they read.
Teachers expect fourth graders to work more independently than they did in earlier grades.
Here’s a closer look at some of the learning challenges kids with learning and attention issues may face during fourth grade. They may also read text-heavy websites and online materials.
In the early years of elementary school, there’s a lot of effort devoted to teaching kids to read, using picture books, chapter books, and lots of in-class instruction. Classwork and homework both require kids to be adept readers.
It also requires planning, organization, and carrying ideas from one part to the next.
That can be especially challenging for kids with executive functioning issues who can struggle with managing big projects.
In fourth grade, math instruction includes more abstract concepts.
For example, kids begin working with decimals (1.5 0.5) and working on long division (650 divided by 13).