By Joan Brock. 3rd Grade Math. Published at Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 - 07:41:18 AM.
Fencing is already a sport associated with intellectualism, often called "physical chess" by coaches, fencers, and fans. Participation in the this sport requires fitness and concentration, a powerhouse duo when it comes to increasing brainpower. The study presented at the ACSM Meeting found that among 266 undergraduates, those who exercised vigorously for at least 20 minutes per day had higher grade point averages than those who did not. This isnt the only study showing that physical fitness is linked to greater success in school, and the effect is not limited to college students. Dr. Charles H. Hillman, an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois found that among 259 Illinois 3rd and 5th graders, those in the best physical shape also scored highest on math and reading in standardized testing. Regardless of the childrens individual socioeconomic situation, the findings held.
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.
A child who enjoys the art of building would love a project that involves the making of a model to demonstrate a concept or results. 3rd grade science fair projects may be a collection of objects or insects (for example). For the project to be interesting, make sure that it answers a question relating to the topic. Encourage your child to experiment and to write down his findings. The child will then be used to this idea when he must present projects for school purposes. 3rd grade science fair projects can be presented in various ways. The student could write the results in a report or make an attractive poster. Models, as mentioned above, are also fascinating. Help your child organize his poster or display in a neat and logical fashion. Photos or computer printouts help towards the visual appeal of the project. The use of color is important to make each section of the project stand out on its own, but make sure that the main focal point is the purpose and original question of the project. The pictures, results and conclusions can be arranged around the main purpose of the project.
Online math software can be an effective way to practice at home, as math programs provide a steady source of new problems for children. Many modern math programs also use adaptive learning techniques to automatically change the types of problems that the child sees to adapt to his or her strengths and weaknesses. Your child will be consistently challenged and encouraged, which should lead to steady improvement. At the same time, past lessons will occasionally be revisited. This prevents your child from forgetting basic concepts that will be used in future lessons, thereby making every subsequent lesson somewhat easier.
I know that I seem pretty harsh on this young teacher, but his actions indicate a couple of character issues that make teaching a poor career choice for him. Having said that, his situation does point out the two major flaws of the UCSMP program. Because the series is so very different in terminology and methodology, two things need to happen every year. First, new math teachers need the same training all of the teachers received when the series was adopted. I can make a good guess at what happened here. When my district adopted the UCSMP series, we received a great deal of training in the philosophy of the series, lots of teaching help, and even training in teaching reading in a math class because UCSMP is very dependent upon student reading. But that only happened the first year. After that, it became the responsibility of each math department to train new teachers. Sometimes this new teacher training is too hurried or maybe even non-existent. And because we are such a mobile society, it is not at all unusual for the entire department to have completely changed within a very short time. I suspect that this young teacher got little if any instruction into the differences in UCSMP or why it was chosen. UCSMP requires yearly teacher in-servicing.
Emphasize Skill Building In any academic subject, skills build upon each other as a child learns. If even one math concept has a child lost or confused, theyll have a hard time understanding the next thing that theyre meant to be learning. Its important to put emphasis on skill building at an early age so that, by the time they reach 3rd grade math, kids have the foundation necessary to begin learning and mastering more complex concepts. A knowledge of math facts is key at this level, especially when it comes to multiplication. In order to come to a full understanding of these facts, kids need to be proficient in addition and subtraction. Both of these processes involve a clear understanding of how numbers work together, a skill which can be tested and reinforced through the use of math games and interactive learning tools.
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