We started Arithmetic Boot Camp today in 4th grade, which is basically a quick and intense review of addition, multiplication, subtraction and division which is meant to bring my students up to speed and review everything they forgot over the summer so that we can move on to fractions. We're making our own Arithmetic Reference Books so that they can use them later on this year to refer to whenever they forget how to do something. I'm even teaching them cool words like 'addend' and 'sum' and 'multiplicand' and 'product' and 'subtrahend' and 'divisor' so they can feel SUPERSMART.
We are drilling our multiplication facts like crazy, forwards and backwards too!
I have a couple of smart (and some smart-alecky) boys though, one of whom asked (in front of the class) in a slightly superior voice if he HAD to make a reference book because he already knew everything he needed to know about fourth grade mathematics in his head and he wasn't going to forget.
So. I need a challenge for these couple. It's true about a few of them, although I wouldn't have been quite so cocky -- that particular student got 100% on the 3rd grade state math test last year and also 100% on the pre-assessment I gave the first day of fourth grade. Any good challenges/extensions anyone can think of while we review the next few days? Besides just doing similar problems with larger numbers?
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