By Debora Weeks. 3rd Grade Math. Published at Friday, November 06th, 2020 - 06:36:12 AM.
Next. New Teachers Beware! The INTERNET is a living growing thing. What you write is there for everyone to see, and it is forever. Think long and hard before you put anything on the INTERNET. It can come back to bite you quickly or many years later. (How dumb do you have to be to secretly go against the desires of the school district and then brag about it online? Yet another reason he deserved to be fired.) Always remember that wherever you go and whatever you do, you are first and foremost a teacher. You are held to a higher standard. You have a responsibility to be a good role model for your students. Never forget that.
In his article, this brand new teacher--straight out of college--was hired by a school district to teach 3rd grade math. This school district was using the elementary school version of UCSMP--Everyday Mathematics. I cant remember whether he wrote the article in September or October (one of the facts I wanted to check), but the point is that it was very early in the school year. He had already run into some problems: his students didnt understand anything they were being taught and their parents were all mad. He decided that the problem was the textbook and its approach, so he made a unilateral decision (no discussion with the department head or Principal) to stop using the district-chosen series and, instead, teach his 3rd grade students the way he thought they should be taught. And not only that, but he was so proud of his decision that he put it on the internet. No discussion with his Principal, but he writes about it on the internet. The arrogance of youth!
Just because your child will be playing fun online games doesnt mean the same value wont be there. Create a comfortable study zone. Turn off outside distractions such as cell phones, radios or TVs. Make sure your child is not tired or hungry so that he or she can focus all attention on learning. Also try to keep the lessons consistent with what is being learned in school. A quick chat with the teacher or signing up for an online newsletter from the classroom are ways to keep tabs on the lesson plans. Since 3rd grade math relies on the concepts that were learned during kindergarten, first and second grades, dont be afraid to start your child at a lower level. With adaptive learning, the programs wont move on to the next level until your child has a firm grasp on the current material. The online games will be a wonderful way for your child to catch up on basic arithmetic concepts and be comfortable using them across applications.
A recent Newsweek article made the connection between physical fitness and success in school, quoting a Harvard psychiatrist who pointed out that the ancient Greeks drew a clear line from physical fitness to individual learning. In other words, this connection is nothing new. Scientists have long understood that the human body is amazingly complex, and with the help of sophisticated brain-scanning equipment, theyve been able to go further than ever before in showing why physical fitness has such a profound effect on intelligence. Before this equipment existed, scientists were well aware that aerobic exercise served to pump extra blood to the brain and body, which increased oxygen to the brain cells. However, this is only the beginning. When muscles engage, they release chemicals through the bloodstream and to the brain, which in turn releases more chemicals that boost higher thought.
They could do a test to see if waterproof mascara is really waterproof. To do this you would need a couple brands of waterproof mascara, a piece of paper and some water. Simply put the mascara onto a sheet of paper and rinse it under some water to see what happens. Another fun 3rd grade science project would be to see if raw eggs and hard boiled eggs spin the same number of times. Obviously they would need an adults help with this one in order to cook the eggs, and then they simply need to spin each egg and record the results. There are lots of great 3rd grade science projects out there; its just a matter of finding one that interests them.
By the time kids reach 3rd grade, math has moved on from simple addition and subtraction to more difficult multiplication and division concepts that require a solid grasp of basic math facts and skills. Without this foundation, its hard for kids to make sense of the math problems theyre asked to do, leaving them frustrated and confused. Since math is one of the building blocks of academic success, additional tools such as online math games can help get kids on track. Reinforce Previous Concepts Its important to make sure that kids understand the building blocks of a subject before moving on to new ideas. 3rd grade math requires a grasp of far more than just numbers and the relationships between them. Kids need to know and fully understand addition and subtraction before being introduced to multiplication. A little review of these previously taught concepts never hurts, and thats where online math games can come in handy. Rather than sitting with a textbook and going back over an idea that theyve already learned, kids can receive the same overview in the form of an entertaining, interactive lesson.
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