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3rd Grade Math Learning

Here are the standards for the end of the year for 3rd Grade.

  • Use place value to round numbers to the nearest 10 or 100
  • Understand and use place value with 4 digit numbers
  • Read, write, compare and order 4-digit numbers
  • Use place value to mentally add or subtract 1, 10, 100 or 1000 from any 4-digit number
  • Indentify and explain patterns in numbers or arithmetic
  • Fluently add and subtract within 1000
  • Fluently multiply and divide within 100.
  • Understand the relationship between multiplication and division.
  • Solve 1- and 2-step problems involving all 4 operations.
  • Use and understand fraction notation.
  • Understand a fraction as a fraction on a number line or scale.
  • Find and recognize equivalent fractions using models
  • Compare two fractions with the same numerator or the same denominator.
  • Partition shapes into parts with equal areas and relate these to fractions.
  • Solve problems involving measurements of length, time, liquid volume, mass.
  • Measure and estimate liquid volumes and masses of objects.
  • Read scales involving halves and fourths of units
  • Tell and write the time to the nearest minute.
  • Measure time intervals.
  • Draw a scaled picture graph or scaled bar graph to represent data.
  • Solve 1- and 2-step problems involving data.
  • Become familiar with members of the quadrilateral family and their properties.
  • Describe, analyze and compare properties of 2D shapes.
  • Know and understand different types of angles and find these in 2D shapes.
  • Understand the concept of area and perimeter.
  • Relate area to multiplication and repeated addition.
  • Measure areas by counting squares.
  • Find the areas of rectangles by multiplying side lengths.
  • Find areas of rectilinear shapes by decomposing them into rectangles.
  • Find the perimeter of a range of rectilinear shapes.

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Place Value & Number Sense Zone

Third grade numbers & place value worksheets.

Using these 3rd grade math worksheets will help your child to:

  • learn their place value with 4 digit numbers;
  • use place value models to understand how to combine thousands, hundreds, tens and ones;
  • understand the value of each digit in a 4 digit number;
  • learn to use standard and expanded form with 4 digit numbers.
  • learn to read and write Roman numerals
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Third Grade Counting & Sequences Worksheets

These worksheets involve filling in the missing numbers in number sequences and also identifying odd and even numbers up to 100.

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Rounding, Inequalities, Multiples and Balancing Equations

  • round a number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000;
  • use the > and < symbols correctly for inequalities;
  • use multiples and apply them to solve problems.
  • learn to balance math equations

All the 3rd grade math worksheets below support elementary math benchmarks.

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Here you will find a range of printable mental math 3rd grade sheets for your child to enjoy.

Each quiz tests the children on a range of math topics from number facts and mental arithmetic to geometry, fraction and measures questions.

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Addition Worksheets 3rd Grade

  • learn to add numbers mentally to 100;
  • add on 1, 10, 100 and 1000 to different numbers;
  • learn to add 4 digit numbers in columns;
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Using these 3rd grade subtraction worksheets will help your child to:

  • learn to subtract numbers mentally to 100;
  • learn to do 4 Digit column subtraction.
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These sheets involve solving 3-digit and 4-digit subtraction problems.

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Multiplication Worksheets 3rd Grade

  • learn their multiplication tables up to 10 x 10;
  • understand and use different models of multiplication;
  • solve a range of Third Grade Multiplication problems.

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Understanding Multiplication

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Multiplication Table Worksheets

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Multiplying integers by 10 and 100

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2 Digit by 1 Digit Multiplication

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Multiplication Word Problems

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Randomly Generated Multiplication Worksheets

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Division Worksheets 3rd Grade

Using these 3rd grade math worksheets will help your child learn to:

  • understand how division and multiplication relate to one another;
  • know their division facts to 10x10;
  • begin to learn 2 digit by 1 digit long division.
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These sheets involve solving a range of division problems.

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All 4 Operations Worksheets

Often we want to give students a whole range of worksheets on a range of operations to see which ones they still need to practice.

These worksheets involve using each of the 4 operations to work out a range of calculations.

There are sheets for mental calculations only and also sheets to practice standard written methods.

  • Addition Subtraction Multiplication Division Worksheets 3rd Grade

Using the 3rd Grade Math worksheets will help your child to:

  • apply their addition, subtraction, and multiplication skills;
  • develop their knowledge of fractions;
  • apply their knowledge of rounding and place value;
  • solve a range of 'real life' problems.

These sheets involve solving one or two more challenging longer problems.

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These sheets involve solving many 'real-life' problems involving data.

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These sheets involve solving 3-digit and 4-digit addition word problems.

These sheets involve solving a range of multiplciation problems.

Third Grade Fraction Worksheets

Using these sheets will help your child to:

  • understand what fractions are;
  • relate fractions to everyday objects and quantities;
  • place different fractions on a number line;
  • shade in different fractions of a shapes;
  • work out unit fractions of numbers.
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  • Adding Fractions with Like Denominators
  • Subtracting Fractions with like denominators
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Third Grade Geometry Worksheets

The following worksheets will help your child to:

  • Identify and name a range of 2d and 3d shapes;
  • Draw 2d shapes;
  • Use reflective symmetry to reflect shapes in a mirror line.
  • recognise and identify right angles and lines of symmetry;
  • recognise and identify parallel lines;
  • identify the faces, edges, vertices and nets of 3d shapes;
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  • Block Symmetry Worksheet
  • Line Symmetry Worksheets
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Area and Perimeter Worksheets

  • understand area and perimeter;
  • learn how to find the area and perimeter of rectangles.

All the 3rd grade math worksheets in this section support Elementary Math benchmarks.

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Money Worksheets 3rd Grade

On this webpage, you will find our 3rd grade Money Challenges.

These challenges involve solving money problems and are a great way for kids to develop their reasoning skills and practice their counting money at the same time.

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Time Worksheets

Using the sheets in this section will help your child to:

  • tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes;
  • become familiar with both digital and analogue times;
  • use the words 'past' and 'to' to describe the time correctly.
  • add and subtract time intervals from times and work out time intervals.
  • Telling Time to 5 Minutes Worksheets
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  • Elapsed Time Worksheets

On this page there are a selection of bar and picture graphs, including bar graphs with real-life data such as tree heights.

  • Line Plot Worksheets 3rd grade
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It's important for kids to learn problem-solving skills because they'll use them in various school subjects, as well as in life in general. Keep reading for sample activities and exercises that you and your child can do at home to improve his or her problem-solving skills.

What Types of Activities Promote Third Grade Problem-Solving Skills?

Giving your child genuine problems to solve can help him or her to see how schoolwork applies to real life. For example, if you're planning a party, you might have your child use his newly developed skills in multiplication and division to figure out the logistics, such as how many tables and chairs will be needed, based on the number of anticipated guests.

Your child also can apply his or her third-grade math skills during everyday events, like visiting the grocery store. While shopping, you can have your child calculate the price of the items you're purchasing to determine if you're staying within a budget. For instance, would it bust your $18 budget if you bought five boxes of cereal that were priced at $4 a box? Your child could practice his or her multiplication skills by determining that $4 x 5 = $20 and then his or her problem-solving skills by noting that this would, indeed, put you over budget.

Additionally, you might challenge your child to complete fun experiments. For example, you could work with your child to design a container that will protect an egg that's dropping from the top of your house. Your child will have to use creative thinking in order to create a safe container.

Problem-Solving Exercises and Solutions

1. A room has an area of 400 feet. What are some possible dimensions for this room?

2. Ken has to be at work by 8:30 am. His office is 30 minutes away, and he wants to stop for coffee, which typically takes 10 minutes. What time should Ken leave his house in the morning?

3. There are too many guests at Karla's party. There are 44 people present, but Karla only has 22 pieces of cake. How can Karla give each of her guests a piece of cake?

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Yes, answer keys are included when you download our free math worksheets. You can print this for your reference while your students complete the activity on the worksheet or have it ready to review with them afterwards.

How can I use these worksheets in my classroom?

As an educator, there are several ways you can use these worksheets in your classroom:

1. Practice Material: After teaching a specific concept, such as single-digit addition or place value, you can use these worksheets as practice material to reinforce what students have been taught in class.

2. Assessments: You can use these worksheets to assess students' understanding of the topics you've taught. The variety of exercises, including word problems and numeric problems, can help gauge students' grasp of the material.

3. Homework Assignments: These worksheets can be assigned as homework to give students additional practice outside of the classroom. They can help fill in the gap from regular workbooks.

4. Centers or Stations: In a classroom that uses a centers or stations approach, these worksheets could be used at a math center where students rotate through different activities.

5. Early Finisher Activity: For students who finish their work early, these worksheets can provide an additional challenge and keep them engaged.

6. Group Work: Some worksheets could be used for pair or small group work, promoting collaborative problem-solving skills.

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The content you teach your third graders will depend on your curriculum and your students’ individual needs. 

Generally, students in third grade will deepen their knowledge of operations, place value, measurement and geometry. They may also be introduced to new topics like fractions, multiplication and division.

If you’re teaching using the Common Core curriculum , you will want to provide coverage for the following standards:

Operations and Algebraic Thinking:

  • Interpret products and quotients of whole numbers, understanding multiplication as groups and division as equal sharing.
  • Use multiplication and division facts within 100 to solve word problems involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities.
  • Determine unknown numbers in multiplication or division equations with three whole numbers.
  • Apply properties of operations to multiply and divide.
  • Understand division as an unknown-factor problem.
  • Fluently multiply and divide within 100 using strategies and properties of operations, knowing all products of two one-digit numbers.
  • Solve two-step word problems using the four operations, representing them with equations and assessing reasonableness using mental computation and estimation.
  • Identify and explain arithmetic patterns using properties of operations.

Number and Operations in Base Ten:

  • Use place value when rounding numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.
  • Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and the relationship between addition and subtraction.
  • Multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10 in the range 10-90 using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.

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  • Tell and write time to the nearest minute and solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes, using number line diagrams.
  • Measure and estimate liquid volumes and masses using standard units (grams, kilograms, liters), and solve one-step word problems involving masses or volumes in the same units.
  • Draw scaled picture graphs and bar graphs to represent data sets with multiple categories, and solve "how many more" and "how many less" problems using scaled bar graphs.
  • Generate measurement data by measuring lengths and create line plots with appropriate units (whole numbers, halves, or quarters).
  • Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures and understand the concepts of area measurement.
  • Measure areas by counting unit squares and understand the relationship between area, multiplication, and addition.
  • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding perimeter given side lengths, finding unknown side lengths, and comparing rectangles with the same perimeter but different areas or the same area but different perimeters.
  • Understand that shapes in different categories can share attributes that define a larger category. Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and identify quadrilaterals that do not belong to these subcategories.
  • Partition shapes into equal areas and express the area of each part as a unit fraction of the whole.

Number and Operations – Fractions:

  • Understand fractions as quantities formed by dividing a whole into equal parts.
  • Represent fractions on a number line, including with even denominators from 2 to 8.
  • Identify and explain equivalent fractions in specific cases.
  • Compare fractions by reasoning about their size.

In some situations, like teaching gifted students, you may want to introduce your students to topics seen more commonly in fourth grade. This includes skills like understanding decimals, dividing with remainders and more. Understand more about differentiating your lesson to cater to gifted students here.

Additionally, for teachers wanting support struggling students, you may need to revisit skills learned in second grade. This can include mastering arithmetic skills like skip counting, double-digit addition and handling subtraction word problems and facts.

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Certainly, we're happy to share that we're expanding our library of 3rd grade math worksheets. This expansion will include new and interesting resources like subtraction worksheets, fractions worksheets, and exercises for basic division word problems. Don't forget to check back soon for these updates!

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  • Number Sense (76)
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  • Compare 3-Digit Numbers (10)
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  • 3-Digit Addition Without Regrouping (39)
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  • 4-Digit Addition Without Regrouping (13)
  • 4-Digit Addition With Regrouping (17)
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  • Subtract With Pictures (6)
  • 2-Digit Subtraction (15)
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Number Sense Games

Find Facts of 3 Game

Find Facts of 3 Game

Have your own math-themed party by learning to find facts of 3.

Identify Place Value of Numbers Game

Identify Place Value of Numbers Game

Enjoy the marvel of mathematics by exploring how to identify the place value of numbers.

Find Greater or Smaller Number Game

Find Greater or Smaller Number Game

Kids must find the greater or the smaller number to practice number sense.

Order Numbers Using Place Value Chart Game

Order Numbers Using Place Value Chart Game

Take a deep dive into the world of math by ordering numbers using a place value chart.

Addition Games

Add 4-Digit and 2-Digit Numbers using Models Game

Add 4-Digit and 2-Digit Numbers using Models Game

Shine bright in the math world by learning how to add 4-digit and 2-digit numbers using models.

Solve Word Problems on Put together Scenarios Game

Solve Word Problems on Put together Scenarios Game

Practice the superpower of addition by learning to solve word problems on "Put together" scenarios.

Count Forward by 10s Game

Count Forward by 10s Game

Take the first step towards building your math castle by practicing how to count forward by 10s.

Add Multiples of 10 using Visuals Game

Add Multiples of 10 using Visuals Game

Unearth the wisdom of mathematics by learning how to add multiples of 10 using visuals.

Subtraction Games

Subtract Using Place Value Chart Game

Subtract Using Place Value Chart Game

Let your child see the world through math-colored shades by subtracting using a place value chart.

Subtract Using Base-10 Blocks Game

Subtract Using Base-10 Blocks Game

Add more arrows to your child’s math quiver by subtracting using base-10 blocks.

Solve Scenarios with 'Difference Unknown' Game

Solve Scenarios with 'Difference Unknown' Game

Shine bright in the math world by learning how to solve scenarios with 'Difference Unknown'.

Subtract 2-Digit Numbers from 4-Digit Numbers Without Regrouping Game

Subtract 2-Digit Numbers from 4-Digit Numbers Without Regrouping Game

Sharpen your math skills by subtracting 2-digit numbers from 4-digit numbers without regrouping.

Multiplication Games

Multiplication Facts of 2 Game

Multiplication Facts of 2 Game

Begin the exciting journey of becoming a math wizard by learning the multiplication facts of 2.

Multiply Three Numbers Game

  • Multiply Three Numbers Game

Unearth the wisdom of mathematics by learning how to multiply three numbers.

Skip Count to Find the Answer Game

Skip Count to Find the Answer Game

Use your math skills to skip count to find the answer.

Multiply and Answer in Unit Form Game

Multiply and Answer in Unit Form Game

Enjoy the marvel of math-multiverse by exploring how to multiply and answer in unit form.

Division Games

Represent Division on Number Line Game

Represent Division on Number Line Game

Have your own math-themed party by learning how to represent division on number lines.

Divide Each Expression and Match the Quotient Game

Divide Each Expression and Match the Quotient Game

Kids must divide each expression and match the quotient to practice division.

Identify Division Sentences on Number Line Game

Identify Division Sentences on Number Line Game

Shine bright in the math world by learning how to identify division sentences on the number line.

Complete the Division Expression for Equal Groups Game

Complete the Division Expression for Equal Groups Game

Take a look at how to complete the division expression for equal groups with this game.

Fractions Games

Partition into Equal Parts Game

Partition into Equal Parts Game

Kids must partition into equal parts to practice fractions.

Compare Unit Fractions without Visual Models Game

Compare Unit Fractions without Visual Models Game

Have your own math-themed party by learning how to compare unit fractions without visual models.

Missing Numerators on Number Lines Game

Missing Numerators on Number Lines Game

Have your own math-themed party by learning how to find the missing numerators on number lines.

Compare and Model Greater Fraction Game

Compare and Model Greater Fraction Game

Practice the superpower of fractions by learning how to compare and model greater fractions.

Geometry Games

Identify Kite, Squares and Rectangles Game

Identify Kite, Squares and Rectangles Game

Enjoy the marvel of math-multiverse by exploring how to identify kite, squares and rectangles.

Relating Thirds to a Whole Game

Relating Thirds to a Whole Game

Let your child see the world through math-colored shades by relating thirds to a whole!

Identify Thirds Game

Identify Thirds Game

Dive deep into the world of geometry by identifying thirds.

Identify Quadrilaterals in Different Orientation Game

Identify Quadrilaterals in Different Orientation Game

Use your geometry skills to identify quadrilaterals in different orientations.

Data Handling Games

Read and Compare Data using Bar Graph Game

Read and Compare Data using Bar Graph Game

Unearth the wisdom of mathematics by learning how to read and compare data using a bar graph.

Least or Greatest Game

Least or Greatest Game

Learn to find the least or the greatest data point with this game.

Read and Interpret Data using Picture Graphs Game

Read and Interpret Data using Picture Graphs Game

Use your math skills to read and interpret data using picture graphs.

Read and Interpret Data using Line Plots Game

Read and Interpret Data using Line Plots Game

Kids must read and interpret data using line plots.

Measurement Games

Guess the Unit of Weight Game

Guess the Unit of Weight Game

Take a deep dive into the world of math by guessing the correct unit of weight.

Introduction to Perimeter Game

Introduction to Perimeter Game

Introduce your child to the world of perimeter with this game.

Measure Length in Centimeters Game

Measure Length in Centimeters Game

Take a deep dive into the world of math by learning to measure length in centimeters.

Guess the Correct Unit of Capacity Game

Guess the Correct Unit of Capacity Game

Have your own math-themed party by learning to identify the correct unit of capacity.

Tell Time in A.M. and P.M. Game

Tell Time in A.M. and P.M. Game

Kids must tell the time in A.M. and P.M. to play this game.

Find Elapsed Time Game

Find Elapsed Time Game

Enjoy the marvel of mathematics by learning how to find elapsed time.

Read Time in Different Formats Game

Read Time in Different Formats Game

Take the first step towards building your math castle by learning to read time in different formats.

Read Time in Words Game

Read Time in Words Game

Take the pressure off by simplifying time with our interactive 'Read Time in Words' game.

Money Games

Add the Same Type of Coins and Compare Game

Add the Same Type of Coins and Compare Game

Enjoy the marvel of mathematics by exploring how to add the same type of coins and compare them.

Add the Given Amounts of Money Game

Add the Given Amounts of Money Game

Shine bright in the math world by learning how to add the given amounts of money.

Recognize the Same Amount of Money Game

Recognize the Same Amount of Money Game

Shine bright in the math world by learning how to recognize the same amount of money.

Multiply Money Game

Multiply Money Game

Help your child take flight by learning how to multiply money.

Algebra Games for 3rd Graders Games

Count by Tens Game

Count by Tens Game

Unearth the wisdom of mathematics by learning how to count by tens.

Identify If True or False Game

Identify If True or False Game

Identify if the given statement is true or false.

Fill in the Missing Multiples Game

Fill in the Missing Multiples Game

Sharpen your math skills by filling in the missing multiples.

Complete the Pattern of Tens Game

Complete the Pattern of Tens Game

Dive deep into the world of addition by completing the pattern of tens.

Word Problems Games

Solve the Word Problems on Fraction Addition Game

Solve the Word Problems on Fraction Addition Game

Have your own math-themed party by learning how to solve the word problems on fraction addition.

Solve Subtraction Word Problems Game

Solve Subtraction Word Problems Game

Enjoy the marvel of mathematics by exploring how to solve subtraction word problems.

Word Problems on How many Tens Game

Word Problems on How many Tens Game

Learn to solve world problems on 'How many Tens' with this game.

Solve Word Problems with Add to Scenarios Game

Solve Word Problems with Add to Scenarios Game

Shine bright in the math world by learning how to solve word problems with "Add to" scenarios.

All Math Games

Solve How Many More Word Problems Game

Solve How Many More Word Problems Game

Enter the madness of math-multiverse by exploring how to solve "How Many More" word problems.

Select the Correct Multiplication Expression Game

Select the Correct Multiplication Expression Game

Select the correct multiplication expression to play this game.

Divide Objects into Equal Groups Game

Divide Objects into Equal Groups Game

Add more arrows to your child’s math quiver by helping them divide objects into equal groups.

Fill in the Correct Number Using Additive Patterns Game

Fill in the Correct Number Using Additive Patterns Game

Fill in the correct number using additive patterns.

Word Problems to Count by Tens Game

Word Problems to Count by Tens Game

Shine bright in the math world by learning how to solve word problems to count by tens.

Compare to Find Greater or Smaller Number Game

Compare to Find Greater or Smaller Number Game

Apply your knowledge of number sense to compare to find the greater or smaller number.

Solve How Many Fewer Word Problems Game

Solve How Many Fewer Word Problems Game

Enjoy the marvel of mathematics by exploring how to solve "How Many Fewer" word problems.

Use Models to Relate Multiplication and Division Game

Use Models to Relate Multiplication and Division Game

Enjoy the marvel of mathematics by learning to use models to relate multiplication and division.

Partition to Match the Fractions Game

Partition to Match the Fractions Game

Have your own math-themed party by learning how to partition to match the fractions.

Measure Length in Inches Game

Measure Length in Inches Game

Have your own math-themed party by learning how to measure length in inches.

Fill in Numbers According to the Number Pattern Game

Fill in Numbers According to the Number Pattern Game

Use your algebra skills to fill in numbers according to the number pattern.

Solve Word Problems Related to Multiplicative Comparison Game

Solve Word Problems Related to Multiplicative Comparison Game

Use your math skills to solve word problems related to multiplicative comparison.

Compare Numbers using Place Value Charts Game

Compare Numbers using Place Value Charts Game

Learn to solve problems through comparing numbers using place value charts.

Add Tens to a 2-digit Number using Visuals Game

Add Tens to a 2-digit Number using Visuals Game

Use your addition skills to add tens to a 2-digit number using visuals.

Find Equal Groups and Size of Group Game

Find Equal Groups and Size of Group Game

Practice the superpower of multiplication by learning to find equal groups and the size of group.

Identify the Related Division Sentence Game

Identify the Related Division Sentence Game

Enter the madness of math-multiverse by exploring how to identify related division sentences.

Choose the Correct Partition to Match the Fraction Game

Choose the Correct Partition to Match the Fraction Game

Shine bright in the math world by learning to choose the correct partition to match the fraction.

Identify Common Attributes in Shapes Game

Identify Common Attributes in Shapes Game

Apply your math skills to identify common attributes in shapes.

Answer How Many More or Less using Bar Graphs Game

Answer How Many More or Less using Bar Graphs Game

Have your own math-themed party by learning how to answer 'How Many More or Less' using bar graphs.

Measure Lengths in Centimeters Game

Measure Lengths in Centimeters Game

Unearth the wisdom of mathematics by learning how to measure lengths in centimeters.

Set the Time Game

Set the Time Game

Take the first step towards building your math castle by practicing how to set the time.

Add Coins of Different Types and Compare Game

Add Coins of Different Types and Compare Game

Kids must add coins of different types and compare them to practice counting money.

Identify the Pattern and Fill the Correct Number Game

Identify the Pattern and Fill the Correct Number Game

Enjoy the marvel of mathematics by learning to identify the pattern to fill the correct number.

Compare 4-Digit Numbers using Place Value Charts Game

Compare 4-Digit Numbers using Place Value Charts Game

Use your number sense skills to compare 4-digit numbers using place value charts.

Add Ones to a 2-digit Number using Visuals Game

Add Ones to a 2-digit Number using Visuals Game

Ask your little one to add ones to a 2-digit number using visuals to play this game.

Use Model to Subtract Game

Use Model to Subtract Game

Shine bright in the math world by learning how to use models to subtract.

Identify Number and Size of Groups Game

Identify Number and Size of Groups Game

Apply your knowledge of multiplication to identify number and size of groups.

Solve Word Problems on Division Game

Solve Word Problems on Division Game

Learn to solve math problems by solving word problems on division.

Choose the Correct Partition Game

Choose the Correct Partition Game

Apply your knowledge of fractions to choose the correct partition.

Choose the Correct Fact Related to Shapes Game

Choose the Correct Fact Related to Shapes Game

Take a look at how to choose the correct fact related to shapes with this geometry game.

Create Bar Graphs Game

Create Bar Graphs Game

Learn to create bar graphs with this game.

Measure Lengths on a Ruler by Subtracting Game

Measure Lengths on a Ruler by Subtracting Game

Help your child take flight by learning how to measure lengths on a ruler by subtracting.

Choose the Clock Game

Choose the Clock Game

Help your child master time with this fun 'Choose the Clock' game.

What Is the Importance of Math for Grade 3 Kids?

In Grade 3 math, children explore essential math concepts, such as multiplication, division, fractions, measurement, and geometry. These concepts play a vital role in developing problem-solving abilities, and applying math to real-life situations, making math an integral part of Grade 3 learning.

  • Building foundational skills : Math in grade 3 helps kids develop essential skills like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, laying the groundwork for more complex concepts.
  • Problem-solving abilities : By solving math problems, kids learn to think critically, analyze situations, and develop problem-solving skills applicable to everyday life.
  • Real-world application : Math concepts, like measurement and money, are directly relevant to daily activities, such as cooking, shopping, and telling time.

The importance of math for Grade 3 kids becomes even more evident during the transition to middle school, as they carry forward essential math concepts to tackle more advanced topics and confidently navigate the academic challenges of middle school.

Important Math Concepts Covered in Grade 3

Let’s take an overview of math concepts! Also, explore grade 3 math games offered by SplashLearn under each topic.

Number Sense

  • Comparing and ordering numbers up to 1000
  • Place Values, expanded form, standard form
  • Rounding whole number to nearest 10 or 100

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  • Add numbers within 1,000 without composition or decomposition
  • Add numbers within 1,000 using strategies based on place value understanding

Are you looking for 3rd grade math games online for practicing addition? Add some excitement to learning with engaging Addition Games for 3rd Graders that make math fun!

Subtraction

  • Subtracting within 1000 without composition or decomposition
  • Subtract numbers within 1,000 using strategies based on place value

Take away the boredom from learning and enjoy Subtraction Games for 3rd Graders ! 

Multiplication

  • Multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10 in the range 10-90.
  • Understanding the properties of multiplication
  • Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication.

To learn the multiplication tips and tricks, check out Multiplication Games for 3rd Graders .

  • Fluently divide within 100 using the relationship between multiplication and division 
  • Solving problems involving the four operations 
  • Identifying and explaining patterns in arithmetic operations.

Master division problems as you play Division Games for 3rd Graders ! Visit for a fun learning experience!

  • Introduction to fractions (understanding fractions of the form 1/b)
  • Identifying fractions
  • Learning the representation of fraction on the number line.
  • Learning about the concept of equivalent fractions 
  • Comparing fractions with the same numerator or same denominator. 

Fractions will no longer be a challenge! Face the fear of fractions confidently with our Fraction Games for 3rd Graders !

  • Recognize squares, rhombuses, and rectangles as quadrilaterals.
  • To differentiate between quadrilaterals and shapes that are not quadrilaterals. 
  • To partition shapes into equal parts.

Check out Geometry Games for 3rd Graders and introduce the different geometric concepts with amazing visuals and activities.

Measurement

  • Introduction to the standard unit of capacity and masses like grams, kilograms, and liters. 
  • Learn to draw a scaled picture graph and scaled bar graph, generate measurement data by measuring length. 
  • Understand the concept of area and relate area to multiplication and addition. 
  • Solve real world problems involving perimeters of polygons.

Learning measurement doesn't have to be formula based and boring. Play and learn with Measurement Games for 3rd Graders ! 

  • To tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes and also solve word problems on this basis.
  • Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. 
  • Addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes

Reading clocks and telling time are essential life skills. Help children explore the time concepts with Time Games for 3rd Graders and watch them master the analog clocks effortlessly!

  • Counting money
  • Operations with money

Check out Money Games for 3rd Graders and introduce basic money concepts with a fun setting!

Word Problems

  • Addition and subtraction word problems
  • Multiplication and division word problems
  • Money word problems

The text-heavy and tricky word problems become fun and interactive with our Word Problems Games for 3rd Graders . Happy learning! 

Benefits of Introducing Math Concepts to 3rd Graders through Games

  • Positive Learning Experience : 3rd grade math games offer interactive and enjoyable ways to grasp complex concepts, keeping students motivated and eager to participate. Games create a positive learning environment, fostering a love for math and boosting overall engagement in the subject.
  • Reinforcement and Practice : Fun math games for 3rd graders provide ample opportunities for repetitive practice, reinforcing newly acquired math skills and improving retention. Students can apply concepts learned in class to real-life scenarios, making learning more meaningful and applicable.
  • Problem-solving Skills : Math games for third graders present students with various challenges, promoting critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. Through interactive problem-solving scenarios, students develop logical reasoning skills, a valuable asset for their academic journey.
  • Personalized Learning and Progress Tracking : Online math games for 3rd grade often adapt to individual learning styles and pace, allowing each student to learn at their comfort level. Progress tracking features in games enable teachers and parents to monitor students' performance, identifying areas for improvement and tailoring instruction accordingly.
  • Increased Math Confidence : By experiencing success in games, students build self-assurance in their math abilities, fostering a positive attitude towards the subject. The sense of achievement derived from mastering math concepts through games encourages students to tackle more challenging mathematical tasks with enthusiasm.

How To Help Children Use Grade 3 Math Concepts in Real Life

  • Counting and Operations in Grocery Shopping : Involve children in calculating prices, comparing discounts, and measuring ingredients to reinforce concepts like addition, subtraction, and measurement.
  • Fractions in Cooking : Encourage kids to follow recipes, adjust servings, and explore fractions while baking or cooking their favorite dishes.
  • Measurements in DIY Projects : Engage children in measuring materials, calculating dimensions, and estimating quantities when working on fun DIY projects at home.
  • Money concepts in Savings and Budgeting : Introduce basic financial concepts, such as saving money for desired items or creating a simple budget for their allowances, to develop practical math skills.

What Are the Best 5 Math Games and Activities for Grade 3 Kids

Here’s a list of some of the best 5 Math games for grade 3 kids:

  • Compare 4-digit Numbers Game
  • Fluently Add 3-digit and 1-digit Numbers Game
  • Subtract 1-digit Number from 3-digit Number Game
  • Complete the Division Patterns Game

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How do you help kids practice grade 3 math concepts?

  • Worksheets : Provide grade-appropriate printable worksheets for 3rd graders for practicing math concepts like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems.
  • Online interactive math games for 3rd grade : Utilize interactive and engaging third grade math games that reinforce skills while making learning enjoyable. Choose math games for grade 3 online aligned with the curriculum.
  • Real-Life Scenarios : Integrate real-world examples, such as cooking, shopping, or budgeting, to apply math concepts practically.
  • Math Manipulatives : Use physical objects like blocks or coins to help kids visualize and understand math concepts concretely.

How can teachers integrate math games into their Grade 3 lesson plans?

  • Align Games with Curriculum : Select math games online for 3rd grade that align with Grade 3 learning objectives and concepts covered in the curriculum.
  • Differentiate Instruction : Choose games that cater to various learning styles and abilities, allowing all students to participate and benefit.
  • Game-Based Assessments : Integrate games as formative assessments to gauge students' understanding and progress in a fun and interactive way.
  • Group Activities : Incorporate collaborative math game for 3rd grade sessions to foster teamwork and peer learning in the classroom.

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Whether your child can't find their math homework or has forgotten their lunch, good problem-solving skills are the key to helping them manage their life. 

A 2010 study published in Behaviour Research and Therapy found that kids who lack problem-solving skills may be at a higher risk of depression and suicidality.   Additionally, the researchers found that teaching a child problem-solving skills can improve mental health . 

You can begin teaching basic problem-solving skills during preschool and help your child sharpen their skills into high school and beyond.

Why Problem-Solving Skills Matter

Kids face a variety of problems every day, ranging from academic difficulties to problems on the sports field. Yet few of them have a formula for solving those problems.

Kids who lack problem-solving skills may avoid taking action when faced with a problem.

Rather than put their energy into solving the problem, they may invest their time in avoiding the issue.   That's why many kids fall behind in school or struggle to maintain friendships .

Other kids who lack problem-solving skills spring into action without recognizing their choices. A child may hit a peer who cuts in front of them in line because they are not sure what else to do.  

Or, they may walk out of class when they are being teased because they can't think of any other ways to make it stop. Those impulsive choices may create even bigger problems in the long run.

The 5 Steps of Problem-Solving

Kids who feel overwhelmed or hopeless often won't attempt to address a problem. But when you give them a clear formula for solving problems, they'll feel more confident in their ability to try. Here are the steps to problem-solving:  

  • Identify the problem . Just stating the problem out loud can make a big difference for kids who are feeling stuck. Help your child state the problem, such as, "You don't have anyone to play with at recess," or "You aren't sure if you should take the advanced math class." 
  • Develop at least five possible solutions . Brainstorm possible ways to solve the problem. Emphasize that all the solutions don't necessarily need to be good ideas (at least not at this point). Help your child develop solutions if they are struggling to come up with ideas. Even a silly answer or far-fetched idea is a possible solution. The key is to help them see that with a little creativity, they can find many different potential solutions.
  • Identify the pros and cons of each solution . Help your child identify potential positive and negative consequences for each potential solution they identified. 
  • Pick a solution. Once your child has evaluated the possible positive and negative outcomes, encourage them to pick a solution.
  • Test it out . Tell them to try a solution and see what happens. If it doesn't work out, they can always try another solution from the list that they developed in step two. 

Practice Solving Problems

When problems arise, don’t rush to solve your child’s problems for them. Instead, help them walk through the problem-solving steps. Offer guidance when they need assistance, but encourage them to solve problems on their own. If they are unable to come up with a solution, step in and help them think of some. But don't automatically tell them what to do. 

When you encounter behavioral issues, use a problem-solving approach. Sit down together and say, "You've been having difficulty getting your homework done lately. Let's problem-solve this together." You might still need to offer a consequence for misbehavior, but make it clear that you're invested in looking for a solution so they can do better next time. 

Use a problem-solving approach to help your child become more independent.

If they forgot to pack their soccer cleats for practice, ask, "What can we do to make sure this doesn't happen again?" Let them try to develop some solutions on their own.

Kids often develop creative solutions. So they might say, "I'll write a note and stick it on my door so I'll remember to pack them before I leave," or "I'll pack my bag the night before and I'll keep a checklist to remind me what needs to go in my bag." 

Provide plenty of praise when your child practices their problem-solving skills.  

Allow for Natural Consequences

Natural consequences  may also teach problem-solving skills. So when it's appropriate, allow your child to face the natural consequences of their action. Just make sure it's safe to do so. 

For example, let your teenager spend all of their money during the first 10 minutes you're at an amusement park if that's what they want. Then, let them go for the rest of the day without any spending money.

This can lead to a discussion about problem-solving to help them make a better choice next time. Consider these natural consequences as a teachable moment to help work together on problem-solving.

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Want to help your third-grader master the basics of 3rd grade math ? Here are some of the skills your child will be learning in the classroom.

Addition, subtraction, multiplication, & division

Multiplying numbers

Understand what it means to multiply numbers – for example: 5 x 3 can be thought of as the total number of objects in three groups where each group contains five objects – or the total number of objects in five groups where each group contains three objects. Relate the concept of addition to multiplication.

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Times table

Know the times table. By the end of third grade, quickly and accurately multiply any one-digit number by any other one-digit number.

Tip: Play math games

Time spent commuting or waiting in a car is a great opportunity to play math games with your child. Multiplication is one of the key math concepts she is working on in school and you can help her practice by asking her simple multiplication problems that relate to real life. Ask her to figure out the number of days until an event three weeks from today. Or have her calculate how many weeks she would have to save her allowance to buy a toy or game she wants.

Multiplication and addition

Use knowledge of addition to understand that 4 x 7 is the same as 4 x 5 + 4 x 2.

Dividing numbers

Understand that dividing numbers can be looked at as separating numbers of objects into equal groups.

The relationship

Understand the relationship between multiplication and division. For example, understand that if 9 x 3 = 27, then 27 ÷ 9 = 3, and 27 ÷ 3 = 9.

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Division with an unknown

Solve division problems involving an unknown – for example, solve 27 ÷ 9 = ? by thinking 9 x ? = 27.

Understanding place value

Use understanding of place value to add, subtract, multiply and divide multi-digit numbers.

Solving word problems

Solve word problems involving multiplication and division of numbers within 100.

The second-grade class and third-grade class were collecting old cell phones to recycle. The third grade class collected 10 old cell phones. The second grade class collected twice (two times) that number. How many cell phones did the second grade class collect?

The second-grade class decided to divide their collected cell phones equally between five different charities. How many phones will each charity get?

Fractions as numbers

Understand fractions as numbers. Using visual models or number lines (example below), understand that two fractions are equivalent (equal) if they are the same size, or are on the same point on a number line. For example, 2⁄4 is the same as 1⁄2.

Unit fractions

Understand unit fractions – fractions with one as the numerator (top number): 1⁄2, 1⁄3, 1⁄4 – as one part of a whole when that whole is divided into equal parts.

Tip: Highlight real-life math problems

Continue to find as many opportunities as possible to highlight math problems in real life. If you’re doubling a recipe and need to figure out measurements, enlist your third-grader’s help. Measuring cups provide an especially good opportunity for your child to familiarize herself with the concept of fractions that they are leaning about in school. If a recipe calls for a cup and a half of something, ask them how many 1⁄2 or 1⁄4 cups they would need until they had enough.

Tip: Highlight real-life examples of fractions

Encourage your child to spot real-life uses of fractions, such as menus that describe burgers as quarter-pounders or sports games that are divided into halves. Have them practice fractions by drawing a shape, such as a circle or a square, and asking her to color in 1⁄2 or 3⁄4 of it.

Comparing fractions

Compare two fractions with the same numerator (top number) or the same denominator (bottom number) by thinking about their size, and what the top numbers and bottom numbers represent. For example, understand that 3/4 of something is larger than 3/5 of that same thing, because each fourth is larger than each fifth. Understand that 4/6 of something is larger than 3/6 of that same thing because it has four of the sixths.

Whole numbers

Recognize that a fraction with the same numerator and denominator is the same as one – for example, 2⁄2 = 1 (two halves are the same as one whole). Write whole numbers as fractions – for example, 5⁄(1) is the same as five.

Reading clocks

Read circular “face” clocks and digital clocks to tell time to the nearest minute. Solve word problems requiring addition and subtraction of intervals of time, in minutes. For example: Soccer practice is over at 4:15 p.m. Jose tells your child his mother will pick them up and drop your child off at home in 20 minutes. If they are on time, what time will it be when your child arrives?

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Mass and volume

Measure and estimate the mass of objects and volume of liquids – in grams (g), kilograms (kg), and liters (l).

Solve word problems involving mass and volume.

Brian has a mass of 85 kilograms. Joe is 9 kilograms lighter than Brian. What is Joe’s mass?

A mug has a volume of 540 milliliters. A cup has a volume of 230 milliliters. What is the total volume of the mug and the cup?

Data on graphs

Represent and interpret data on picture graphs and bar graphs (for example one square represents five pets). Solve one-and two- step word problems using information presented in bar graphs.

Classifying shapes

Use similarities and differences in geometric shapes to categorize, or classify them – for example, recognize that rectangles, squares, and rhombuses all have four sides, which makes them all examples of quadrilaterals (four-sided shapes).

Dividing shapes

Divide shapes into parts with equal sizes. Relate the parts to fractions of the whole.

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Hello, and welcome to this interesting article about logical reasoning worksheets for grade 3 students! In this resource, we will share some free PDF downloads and activities you can use to help your students develop their logical reasoning skills.

Logical reasoning is an essential skill for grade 3 students, as it helps them to solve problems, make decisions, and understand the world around them. Logical reasoning also prepares them for more advanced math and science topics in the future.

Logical reasoning means using facts, rules, and patterns to draw conclusions or make predictions. For example, if you know that all dogs have four legs and see an animal with four legs, you can use logical reasoning to conclude that the animal is a dog.

Logical reasoning also helps you to find missing information or identify errors in reasoning. For example, if you know that 2 + 2 = 4, and someone tells you that 2 + 2 = 5, you can use logical reasoning to spot the mistake.

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In Mathskills4kids.com, you’ll discover many topics covered in the logical reasoning worksheets for Grade 3: Free PDF downloads . But, in this article, we’ll discuss just six topics related to logical reasoning for grade 3 students. These topics are:

  • Guess the number : This topic involves guessing a number based on clues another person gave. For example, if someone tells you that the number is between 10 and 20 and is divisible by 3, you can use logical reasoning to narrow down the possible numbers and guess the correct one.
  • Smallest and greatest numbers : This topic involves finding the smallest or greatest number that can be formed by rearranging the digits of a given number. For example, if you are given the numbers 3769 and 9673, you can use logical reasoning to find that the smallest number is 3769 and the greatest number is 9673.
  • Find the order : This topic involves finding the order of items based on clues given by another person. For example, if someone tells you that John is taller than Mary and Mary is taller than Tom, you can use logical reasoning to find that John is the tallest, followed by Mary, and then Tom.
  • Age puzzles : This topic involves finding a person’s age based on clues from another person. For example, if someone tells you that their age is twice their brother's age, and their brother is 6 years old, you can use logical reasoning to find that their age is 12.
  • How to find two numbers based on sum and difference : This topic involves finding two numbers based on their sum and difference . For example, if you know that the sum of two numbers is 10, and their difference is 2, you can use logical reasoning to find that the two numbers are 6 and 4.
  • How to find two numbers based on product and quotient : This topic involves finding two numbers based on their product and quotient . For example, if you know that the product of two numbers is 12, and their quotient is 3, you can use logical reasoning to find that the two numbers are 4 and 3.

As said earlier, our logical reasoning worksheets for grade 3 students include the above topics. These worksheets are designed to help your students practice and improve their logical reasoning skills in a fun and engaging way.

Each worksheet contains several questions that test your student’s understanding of each topic. The worksheets also include answer keys and explanations for each question.

How to introduce logical reasoning concepts to grade 3 students

Here are some tips and suggestions for making learning easier and more enjoyable for your students. To introduce logical reasoning concepts to grade 3 students , we:

  • Start with simple examples and gradually increase the difficulty level as your students progress.
  • Use concrete objects or pictures to illustrate the concepts and help your students visualize the problems.
  • Encourage your students to explain their reasoning out loud or write it down step by step.
  • Provide feedback and praise your students for their efforts and achievements.
  • Challenge your students with more complex or creative problems that require them to apply their logical reasoning skills in different ways.

The best way for parents and teachers to use Logical reasoning worksheets for Grade 3 with their students

Creating logical reasoning worksheets for Grade 3 free pdf downloads for parents and teachers to use with their kids requires much more. But suggesting tips on using these worksheets to help students enjoy learning is an awesome idea that makes our worksheets unique.

Here are some tips and suggestions for using these worksheets to help your students:

  • Review the concepts and examples with your students before giving them the worksheets.
  • Monitor your student’s progress and provide guidance or assistance when needed.
  • Check your students' answers and discuss any errors or difficulties they may have encountered.
  • Encourage your students to review their work and correct any mistakes they may have made.
  • Celebrate your students' success and reward them for their hard work.

Are there any additional resources available for teaching logical reasoning to Grade 3 students?

In addition to Mathskills4kids’ logical reasoning worksheets for Grade 3 free pdf downloads , other resources are available for teaching logical reasoning to Grade 3 students . Here are some links to activity pages that you can download for free:

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  • https://www.k5learning.com/free-math-worksheets/third-grade-3/logic-problems

These activity pages contain more fun and challenging problems that test your students' logical reasoning skills. You can use them as supplementary materials or homework assignments for your students.

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  • MP1:  Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Older students might, depending on the context of the problem, transform algebraic expressions or change the viewing window on their graphing calculator to get the information they need. Mathematically proficient students can explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs or draw diagrams of important features and relationships, graph data, and search for regularity or trends. Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, \"Does this make sense?\" They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.

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  • How does the graphic organizer help scaffold problem solving for students?  The graphic organizer help students problem solve independenly in as many ways while arriving at the same answer.
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The video I chose was Persistence in Problem Solving.  I think this video relates to the Math: Making Sense of Word Problems Mirco-Credential because it was a good example of a teacher giving a word problem that the students could relate to and then having them find 3 ways to solve the problem.  This allowed for the student to make sense of the problem in their own way, which would give them an opportunity to use different strategies.  The teacher allowed for individual time to solve (4 minutes) and then collaboration time, which would help to build their confidence and at the same time learn from another student.  After their group/partner discussion they came together as a class for 3 students to show their work and how they solved the problem. 

The demonstrated approach was really good.  I love the phrase  the teacher used, "heads together butts up."  I usually just say, "turn and talk with your face/shoulder partner."  I think I will incorporate that term into my room.  I usally have two groups/students come to the board/projector to display their work, but I like the 3 group/student approach better, so I will incorporate that too.  I will look online for the Find 3 Ways paper or create one myself.  I don't have any concerns with trying to integrate this approach into my classroom and I am looking forward to trying something new.  I think this will lead to improved learning outcomes because instead of just one way of solving a word problem they will have three ways.  Also, it will be something new for them to try and they love trying new things!  

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What an exceptional strategy for building both independent and collaborative work. "Life skills that everybody needs." 

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Classroom Close Up: 3rd Grade Math: Persistence in Problem Solving with Jennifer Saul

[01:00:07;10] Jennifer: "Is it OK to make mistakes?

All: "YES!"

Jennifer: "So, you just fix them and learn from them. Mistakes are easy to fix."

Establishing a strong classroom culture is essential. You have to normalize error. They have to know that it's OK to try, and try, and try again. We want them to wrestle with a problem, and to stay with it. So, we came up with Find Three Ways.

Hopefully, this activity helps them take ownership for their own learning.

"OK I need some more help."

So, at the beginning, I present them with a problem, and really appeal to their sense of empathy.

"I need your help figuring out for four hungry teachers, is my $20.00 enough to buy four burritos and, if it is enough, do I have any left over to maybe get sodas? You're going to try to find three different ways to solve the problem."

Once the problem's been recorded on the board, they are sent back to their seats, with their record sheet. One side has areas where they can do work, and ideas for strategies to use. And, the backside's purposefully left blank. So, they have a lot of freedom.

"Remember our initial tackling and wrestling with this problem is independent work."

They have four minutes to wrestle with the problem independently, and to try to solve it as many ways as they can think of.

"What did you do? Oh, from your table?"

If they can solve it three ways, and arrive at the same answer three times, that would help with their confidence level. They can assure themselves and don't have to wait for the teacher to come around, and say "Yep, you got it."

"OK...discuss with your table."

And then, we do what's called "Heads Together, Butts Up!" We want their heads together, showing each other what they were successful with, maybe others who need support, or didn't know where to go with it, can get an idea.

Sara: "How did you get this answer? I got it by adding this."

Lisette: "I got it by adding four and four, and adding twelve and twelve."

Sara: "OK."

Jennifer: They're allowed to copy each other's notes as long as they're having the discussion about why something was done in a particular way. It's a chance for them to practice using the language, and have discourse over what they're doing.

During that whole time, I try to rotate around the room, offer support. And, so I'll have in my mind, who I would like coming up to the front of the class, and sharing their work.

"Show me learning positions please."

They turn to the front of the room, and three students are called up, and I use my document camera and they can show and explain their work.

Carlos: "Then I added the ones, 1,2,3,4."

Establan: "Then I multiplied the four and the four, equals 16."

Sara: "First, I made a table. In the first two boxes, I put the teachers and amount."

Jennifer: Having a student-led solution enhances our culture of learning as a class. It's not me dictating how they should get to a particular result. It allows them to choose their own path, but it also opens up doors for consulting with each other, and collaboration, which are life skills that everybody needs.

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