We have been working on geometry. Solid and plane figures, area, perimeter, volume and symmetry are some of the skills we are studying. We are also working on fractions and decimals.
Students should continue to work on multiplication and division facts through 9 x 9. Students are expected to study the facts at home. There are several strategies that have been taught to help students understand basic multiplication facts. These are listed at the bottom of this page. Knowing basic facts (speed and accuracy) will help the students as we move on to multiplication and division computation.
The third graders homework program is called Simple Solutions and is designed to increase math ability. Please see the explanation on the Announcemnts page of this website for further explanation on this program.
Mathletics is a great tool to help students with their math skills. Each student has their own account. User name and password has been sent home with each child. The students can create their own avatar, and can compete in math skills with students all over the world, their own classroom, the computer, or other classrooms at All Saints. Please see the "Resources and Favorite Links" page of this website to help connect to Mathletics.
Be sure to check out the website that goes along with our Houghton Mifflin Math Series. The web site has many games and mini lessons that follow the curriculum we are teaching. Go to the Resources section of this website to find the link to this website.
Once we begin multiplication, which is usually in late December or January, the third graders are taught "tricks" or strategies to aid them.
The third graders have been taught strategies to help them with accuracy in the multiplication basic facts. Following is a list of those strategies.
Skip Count -- This strategy works with the 2's, 3's, and 5's.
Doubles -- Double the 2's to get the answer to 4's
Double the 3's to get the answer to 6's
Double the 4's to get the answer to 8's.
Flip Flop - Reverse the factors to get the 7's and 9's
The 0's and 1's are easy to remember.
* 9's hand trick --- put up both hands (thumbs together). If you are working on 9 x 4 -- put down the 4th finger from the left. The number of fingers in front of that is the tens digit in the answer and after that is the ones digit; 9 x 4 = 36.
Please encourage your child to use these strategies instead of just guessing an answer. They help the children with accuracy which will eventually help them with memorization.