Third grade is a very important year for students as they gear up to take their first ever STAAR test. Third grade shifts from learning two-and-three digit numbers to more complicated topics: multiplication, division, patterns, number sense, geometry, measurements, etc. Over the last few weeks in my class, my students have begun to flex their math muscles as they learn place value, counting money, multiplication, and division. Place value is an important concept. It not only helps with addition and subtraction but serves as the foundation for rounding, multiplying and dividing. To help them better understand these concepts, we use lots of visuals and manipulatives such as base ten blocks, tiles, marbles, etc. Students don’t just memorize their multiplication tables, but also understand what it means to multiply. By the end of third grade, my students will have gained the skills to complete mental math, work with estimation and fractions, be able to interpret graphs, and predict probability and outcomes.
In third grade, science is not only conceptual but hands-on as well. Third graders learn about the physical and living world through observation, experiments, and research. Students use many hands on activities to help their understanding of things such as matter, forces, forms of energy, gravity, etc. All topics in third grade require a lot of observation, measurement, and experimentation.
As I am now a few months in to teaching third grade for the first time, I have learned a lot. These kids entertain me, teach me, and inspire me daily.
3rd Grade Math and Science