Math Materials for Anxious Third, Fourth, or Fifth Graders

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How to Get Rid of the Math Monster Under the Bed

All too often, when third, fourth, and fifth grade students hear the word “math,” their smiling faces drop. Math can be a tricky subject. Many adults can’t escape the math phobia that started in grade school, even though math is something that we all use every day! Most math lessons have individualized worksheets and standardized testing, resulting in great anxiety among students, especially among those who are already struggling to learn. One way to combat this is by using fun and effective math materials. Teachers can adopt multi-sensory teaching strategies to engage students and bring enjoyment into the process of learning math!

Math & Movement provides various tools to easily make math fun for every student!

In the charts below, you will find:

1) A list of the basic math concepts covered at each grade level.

2) Kinesthetic learning tools that help you teach the core concepts through movement! Click the mat title to view more details!

Third Grade Math Concept

Floor Mat

  • Mental addition
  • Mental subtraction
  • Adding four-digit numbers
  • Subtracting with regrouping
  • Understanding equivalent fractions
  • Comparing fractions
  • Changing mixed numbers to improper fractions
Equivalent Fraction Hop Floor Mat

Fourth Grade Math Concept

Floor Mat

  • Understanding improper fractions
  • Understanding mixed numbers
  • Reducing fractions
  • Adding fractions 
  • Subtracting fractions
  • Reading decimals
  • Writing decimals
  • Converting decimals to fractions
  • Converting fractions to decimals
  • Rounding decimals
  • Placing decimals on a number line

Fifth Grade Math Concept

Floor Mat

  • Multiplying common fractions and relating that to division
  • Explaining and demonstrating multiplication of decimals to hundredths
  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers
  • Addition, subtraction, and multiplication of fractions, decimals, and mixed numbers

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