Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Grade(s) 3 resources related to the following standard:
Operations and Algebraic Thinking
Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic.
8. Solve two-step word problems using the four operations. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.

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This 8-page article from Teaching Children Mathematics discusses how overgeneralizing commonly accepted practices, using imprecise vocabulary, and relying on tips and tricks that do not promote conceptual mathematical understanding can lead to misunderstanding later in students’ math careers. The authors provide a table of some "expired" mathematical language and suggest more appropriate alternatives.
Instructional Strategy, Reference Materials, Article
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6+
Resource is part of a PD collection
This 60-page pdf document demonstrates the connections between the CCSS content standards and the mathematical practice standards. It is a compilation of research, standards from several states, instructional strategies, common misconceptions, and examples for each standard at the grade 3 level. It is intended to help teachers understand what each standard means in terms of what students must know and be able to do. Additional flip books are cataloged separately for grades K-2 and 4-5.
Instructional Strategy, Reference Materials
This web page provides links to resources aligned to the CCSS that guide and support third grade mathematics teaching and learning. Tasks developed by the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS) and Problems of the Month, (POM home page is cataloged separately) developed by the Noyce Foundation are included. The tasks were designed to measure students’ ability to solve non-routine problems, explain and justify their solutions, and promote high level thinking skills. They include the scoring rubric, student responses, and discussion of student understanding and misconceptions. Resources are listed for specific grade 3 standards and are also organized by progression for an alternate search route.
Instructional Strategy, Problem Set, Reference Materials
In this problem learners practice addition, subtraction and multiplication while developing logical reasoning. Solvers apply the given clues along with their understanding of the domino numbering system to determine which dominoes are missing from a set. The Teachers' Notes page includes suggestions for implementation, discussion questions, ideas for extension and support, printable sheets of dominoes (pdf), and a link to an interactive Dominoes Environment (cataloged separately).
Activity
This problems is an opportunity to explore triangular numbers in the familiar context of decorating a birthday cake with a number of candles corresponding to a child's age. The problem lends itself to systematic strategies and multiple representations. The Teachers' Notes page offers rationale, suggestions for implementation, discussion questions, and ideas for extension and support.
Activity
This sample constructed response problem for grade 3-5 students provides an opportunity to analyze patterns and develop algebraic thinking in the context of a telephone chain. It includes suggestions for adjusting the challenge level and a task-specific rubric with annotated samples of student work at each level. Free registration allows users to download a 9-page print-friendly version (pdf).
Assessment, Activity
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This 5-minute video follows Carlos and Sara, students in Jennifer Saul's third grade class, as they explain different strategies, both mental and written, for adding multi-digit numbers. These children demonstrate effective presentations skills, while their classmates exhibit the established expectations for being a supportive audience. The page provides reflection questions for the viewer and downloadable supporting materials, including a transcript of the video (doc) and problem solving work samples from Carlos and Sara (pdf).
Instructional Strategy, Video
Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5
Resource is part of a PD collection