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Third Grade Math Curriculum

Third-Grade Math Curriculum Overview

This curriculum focuses on deepening understanding of numerical operations, introducing fractions, exploring basic geometric concepts, and developing problem-solving skills. The aim is to prepare students for more complex math concepts through engaging and interactive learning experiences.


third grade math
Third grade math

Unit 1: Place Value and Number Operations

  • Objective: Deepen understanding of place value up to 10,000 and enhance addition and subtraction skills within 1,000.

  • Activities: Use place value charts, base-ten blocks, and number lines; practice rounding numbers to the nearest ten and hundred.

  • Standards: 3.NBT.1, 3.NBT.2

Unit 2: Multiplication and Division

  • Objective: Master basic multiplication and division facts; understand concepts of multiplication and division within 100.

  • Activities: Use arrays, grouping, and repeated addition for multiplication; introduce division as the inverse of multiplication; focus on fact families.

  • Standards: 3.OA.1, 3.OA.2, 3.OA.3, 3.OA.4, 3.OA.7

Unit 3: Fractions

  • Objective: Introduce the concept of fractions as parts of a whole and parts of a set.

  • Activities: Use models like fraction bars, circles, and sets to represent and compare fractions; understand equivalent fractions.

  • Standards: 3.NF.1, 3.NF.3

Unit 4: Measurement and Data

  • Objective: Learn to measure and estimate lengths, liquid volumes, and masses; work with time and data.

  • Activities: Measure using rulers, scales, and other tools; solve word problems involving intervals of time; interpret data from graphs.

  • Standards: 3.MD.1, 3.MD.2, 3.MD.3

Unit 5: Geometry

  • Objective: Explore properties of shapes and understand concepts of area and perimeter.

  • Activities: Identify and compare shapes based on their attributes; solve problems involving area and perimeter using tiling and formulas.

  • Standards: 3.G.1, 3.MD.5, 3.MD.6, 3.MD.8

Unit 6: Problem Solving and Reasoning

  • Objective: Develop strong problem-solving skills and mathematical reasoning.

  • Activities: Engage in complex multi-step word problems; use mathematical reasoning games and puzzles; encourage written explanations of problem-solving processes.

  • Standards: SMP.1, SMP.2, SMP.3, SMP.4

Additional Resources and Activities:

  • Math Centers: Set up rotating stations where students can explore different mathematical concepts through hands-on activities.

  • Math Workshops: Organize workshops where students can delve deeper into specific topics or concepts through guided exploration.

  • Technology Integration: Utilize educational technology tools like interactive math websites and apps to reinforce learning and make abstract concepts more tangible.

This curriculum ensures a comprehensive approach to math education in third grade, fostering not only knowledge acquisition but also critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for further mathematical learning.

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