Parents as Partners

Chapter Overview One way you can help your student succeed in Chapter 4 is by
discussing the lesson goals in the chart below . When a lesson is completed, ask your
student the following questions. “What were the goals of the lesson? What new words
and formulas did you learn? How can you apply the ideas of the lesson to your life?”

Lesson Title Lesson Goals Key Applications
4.1: Prime Factorization Write a number as a product of
prime numbers.
Write factors of a number
Identify prime and composite
• Field Trip
• Souvenir Pouches
• Chinese New Year
• Classroom Desks
4.2: Greatest Common
Find the greatest common factor
of two or more numbers .
Identify relatively prime numbers
• Orchestra
• Fruit Baskets
• Rose Bowl Floats
4.3: Equivalent Fractions Write equivalent fractions.
Identify equivalent fractions.
Simplify fractions .
• Aquarium
• Basketball
• U.S. Presidents
• Skeletons
4.4: Least Common
Find the LCM of two or more
• Model Trains
• Tour Bus Schedules
• Running Laps
• Mayan Calendars
4.5: Comparing and
Compare and order fractions . • Kayaking
• Pies
• Carousels
• Wrenches
4.6: Mixed Numbers and
Improper Fractions
Write improper fractions and
Compare and order fractions
and mixed numbers.
• Fitness Awards
• Walking to School
• Bubbles
• Long Jump
4.7: Fractions and
Write fractions as decimals and
as fractions.
Order numbers.
• Geography
• Rainbow Bridge
• Marsupials

Know How to Take Notes

Using Your Homework is the strategy featured in Chapter 4 (see page 164). Encourage your student
to place a question mark next to homework problems that are solved incorrectly . Your student
should then get help from a teacher or classmate on how to correctly solve the problem, and write
down what he/she has learned. Your student may want to include a different , but similar example
to demonstrate his/her new understanding. These notes could then be a great source of information
to help review for any tests or quizzes.

Key Ideas Your student can demonstrate understanding of key concepts by
working through the following exercises with you.


Lesson Exercise
4.1 Write the prime factorization of the number. Is the number prime
or composite?
(a) 27 (b) 48 (c) 57 (d) 41
4.2 Find the greatest common factor of the numbers by listing factors.
72, 144, 216, 168, 48
4.3 At a boys’ basketball game, the home team made 8 out of 12 three-point
shots and the away team made 10 out of 15 three-point shots. Write the
number of three-point shots made by each team as a fraction. Are the
fractions equivalent?
4.4 At an amusement park, the sky ride is 20 minutes and the train is 35 minutes.
The last time they left the station at the same time was 12:00 P.M. What is
the next time they will leave the station at the same time?
4.5 Sonja skied on 18 of the 24 downhill ski trails one weekend and 20 of the
32 cross-country trails another weekend. Write a fraction for the number
of trails skied to the total number of trails for each weekend. Did Sonja
downhill or cross-country ski a greater fraction of trails?
4.6 Your friend lives 3/4 of a mile away. You walk there each day to get a ride to
school. Write the total distance you walk in the morning each week as an
improper fraction and as a mixed number.
4.7 Use the distance from the Lesson 4.6 exercise to find your answer. After
school, you have to walk home from your friend’s house twice a week.
Write the total number of miles you walk each week as a decimal.

Home Involvement Activity

Directions: Look through the sports pages of a newspaper. Write the final scores
of various athletic competitions as a fraction. Put the scores in simplest form, then
order the fractions from least to greatest

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