By Marcella Pennington. 3rd Grade Math. Published at Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 - 18:59:14 PM.
Studying 3rd grade spelling words may be a little easier for children at this particular reading level. Still, using the same old methods of repetition and memorization could become a little boring for young minds. However, there are ways to make learning spelling words for 3rd graders fun and creative that can be useful and stimulating for them. The first way to help 3rd graders learn spelling words is to not take it so seriously. This technique may work best with words that a child just cannot seem to grasp. Making a silly sentence that will stick with the child can help him or her easily memorize the word or words with which he or she has trouble in a fun way. For instance, a child may remember the word "j-u-m-p" with a silly sentence such as "Janes umbrella makes pretzels." The trick is to make the sentence something so ridiculous that the child cannot forget it and the word does not become a chore.
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!
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.
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.
A wide range of important math concepts are introduced in the third grade. One of the most famous ones is multiplication. Most parents have a natural fear or dread of the period during which their child will have to learn multiplication. In most cases, that fear and dread is caused by memories of having to learn the times tables by rote. While this strategy is still used to some degree today, a great deal has changed. The specific strategies that your child will learn will depend on the curriculum of his school. However, you can help him get a clear understanding of these types of mathematical concepts by setting him up with 3rd grade math games at home. Learn more about how they can help below.
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.
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