By Delia Montgomery. 3rd Grade Math. Published at Saturday, November 07th, 2020 - 08:09:43 AM.
Ronald Bass, one of the lead researchers in an ACSM study of middle-schoolers academic performance and relative physical fitness, found that "students meeting cardiovascular fitness standards were six times more likely to meet or exceed Illinois reading standards and over two-and-a-half times more likely to meet or exceed the math standards." If this werent the most compelling reason to reverse the watering-down of physical education in our schools, it would be hard to find the one that is. The best brain-boosting results are found from cardiovascular exercise, the same type of exercise experienced by avid fencers. Fencing is just one of many sports that incorporate vigorous cardiovascular movement.
Online Games Make it Fun to Learn Your child would undoubtedly be unhappy to learn that he has to sit down with a math tutor several times per week. If you tell him that hes allowed to play online games for 30 minutes each night, though, hes sure to be singing a different tune. Third graders love online games, and the best ones include exciting elements that keep kids involved and excited. In many cases, they dont even realize that they are learning. These types of 3rd grade math games provide benefits for students, parents and teachers. As a parent, its important to do whatever you can to help your child succeed. By developing a sound understanding of basic mathematical principles in the third grade, your child will have a much easier time with the subject throughout the remainder of his schooling. Instead of dreading or disliking math, your child may even learn to enjoy it. The benefits of finding high-quality online math games for your child are considerable, and there are many viable options out there. Set aside some time to research the available options. When youve found something that looks suitable, have your child give it a try. Youre sure to be impressed with the results, and your child is sure to have a lot of fun.
One of the implications for these findings is the importance of physical fitness programs for school aged children, and for increased support of school-sponsored fitness programs. Children spend a significant portion of their waking hours at school, and most schools have some type of physical education class during the week. The unfortunate by-product of poor student achievement in some schools is the elimination of physical education classes in an effort to increase instructional time. As we see here, this is probably the exact opposite prescription the children need. Some schools have not ignored the research done by Hillman and others exploring the connection between intelligence and physical fitness. For example, the Newsweek article points out that schools have already taking steps such as putting PE class before reading class. The result is better scores all around.
The second major problem deals with the parents. Because the series is so different, parents quickly find that what they are seeing in their childs textbook doesnt look like anything they ever called math. They quickly discover that they are unable to help their children with questions, and they dont understand the spiraling concept of UCSMP so it seems to them that their child is weak in basic skills. They dont know that their child will have better retention and understanding of mathematics at the end of the year than the students of a traditional text. They dont know because no one explained anything to them. UCSMP requires an enormous amount of explanation and training for the parents. (Im sure you can foresee the problems of having poorly prepared teachers trying to explain UCSMP to frustrated parents. Its not a pretty sight.) With the problematic issues surrounding UCSMP, does this young teacher deserve to be fired? Absolutely! He made very poor choices based on his own arrogance. He broke his contract with the school district and, thus with the students and parents. He used the internet for his own purposes. (I suspect to garner support for his decision.) And he was setting up his students for future failure. Unforgivable.
3rd grade science fair projects are a lot of fun because at this age children are eager to explore the world around them and find out how things work. They are constantly wanting to know the answer to the question "What happens if I do this..." and therefore they will likely come up with many different experiments theyd like to try. It may be difficult to decide on just one! At this age they have a short attention span though, so the projects must be simple, fun and fairly short. There are many, many different project ideas for this age group such as; do all the children in their class have the same size hands and the same size feet as each other? They can research this by tracing the other childrens hands and feet on a piece of paper and comparing them to each other.
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!
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