Ideas for Home Schooling – 4^{th} class

**Literacy:**

If at all possible, please encourage children to read each day (the children can read any of the books they have brought home that they’d like).

Some additional ideas:

– Make predictions about the next chapter

– Create a character profile for their favourite character

– Complete a book review

– Design a new book cover

The children can work through their Spell Well each week, creating sentences using new words to extend their learning if they choose.

Allow children to complete Free Writing daily on whatever topic they would like.

Some other ideas for writing:

– Writing a letter to a family member or friend that the children may not be able to see at the moment

– Writing a letter to doctors/nurses/supermarket staff or anyone else they would like to thank for their hard work at this time

– Writing a diary entry about what’s going on in the world right now

– Pobble 365 website: A new photo and writing activities are shared daily, or the children can use the image to inspire their own stories. http://www.pobble365.com/

**Maths:**

The children can continue to work through their *Master your Maths* book daily, picking some of the word problems to complete a few times a week also.

*Hit the Button *is an online game that is great for practising and revising times tables. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

The children can explore maths in everyday life at home, looking at topics such as weight, capacity, time, money and chance. Some ideas are attached.

Ideas from Irish Primary Teacher

Weight

Take a selection of items from the kitchen cupboard.

• Estimate which item is the heaviest/lightest

• Weigh the items

• Order them from the heaviest to the lightest

• Find the total weight of the objects

• Find the difference between the heaviest and the

lightest object

• Convert from grams to kg

• Find something that is approximately 1kg.

• Bake and measure out the ingredients. Change the

quantities for different amounts of people.

Capacity

Take a selection of liquids from the kitchen or

bathroom cupboard.

• Order them – which bottle can hold the most?

The least?

• Find the total capacity of the objects

• Measure the capacity of a range of cups, glasses,

bowls that you have eat home.

• Convert from ml to litres

• Find something that is approximately 1l.

• Create magic potions using different amounts of

liquid. Measure out the different quantities

before adding them all in.

Money

Take a range toys or clothes and give each item a

different price.

• Order the items from most to least expensive.

• If I wanted to buy 5 of an item. What would the

total cost be?

• Give a budget to redecorate a bedroom – look at the

Ikea website and see what different items you could

buy.

Using a packet of 3/4/5 items e.g. cereal bars/ socks/ tshirts etc.

• If a pack of 5 costs €7.50. How much would 1 cost?

• Which is better value?

Length

Measure the length of a range of objects in the house

using a ruler, measuring tape – whatever you have!

• Estimate the length of different objects

• Build different size towers using lego/blocks etc.

Order them from tallest to smallest.

• Look up the Ikea website and investigate if a table of

a certain length would fit in different areas around

the house. (This can be expanded for area too)

Area

Look at the rooms and walls in your house.

Measure them and find the area. (Look at

regular and irregular shapes)

• How much paint would we need to paint

your bedroom walls? If paint was €26.42

for 10 litres. What would the total cost be?

• How much flooring would need to be

ordered to cover the living room? If the

flooring cost €32.80 per metre squared

what would the total cost be?

• We want to get a landscaper to tidy up the

garden. If he charges €18.72 per metre

squared what would the total cost be?

Time

• Teach your child to tell the time.

• Make a clock using a paper plate or go

outside and use a Hula Hoop and 2 sticks.

(one for the minute and one for the hour

hand). You could use pieces of paper with

the numbers 1-12 on them too.

• Learn the days, months and seasons

• Learn how to read the calendar

• Look at magazines/newspapers – how long

is your favourite programme on for? What

time is the movie starting? What time will

it be finished?

Chance

Look at the vocabulary of chance – possible, impossible,

likely, unlikely. Ask your child to come up with different

examples for each of these.

Test out probability using dice, playing cards, cubes or other

random objects in a bag.

• Dice – what is the probability of rolling a 5? An even

number? An odd number? A number less than 4?

• Cards – what is the probability of picking a heart? A

number 7? A picture card? An even number?

• Objects in a bag – first start with 1 of each object. Then

2/3 of some and work out the probability of picking a red

toy car etc.

**Extra ideas:**

– Using recyclables to create pieces of junk art

– The Body Coach YouTube channel – daily P.E class at 9am Monday – Friday https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured

– Go Noodle

– National Geographic Kids https://www.natgeokids.com/ie/

Sasha came into 4th class to help us with our maths. She was tired after a long day of work!