Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Grade(s) 3 resources related to the following standard:
Number and Operations in Base Ten
Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.
1. Use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.

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This 60-page pdf document demonstrates the connections between the CCSS content standards and the mathematical practice standards. It is a compilation of research, standards from several states, instructional strategies, common misconceptions, and examples for each standard at the grade 3 level. It is intended to help teachers understand what each standard means in terms of what students must know and be able to do. Additional flip books are cataloged separately for grades K-2 and 4-5.
Instructional Strategy, Reference Materials
Grade Level: 3
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This web page provides links to resources aligned to the CCSS that guide and support third grade mathematics teaching and learning. Tasks developed by the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS) and Problems of the Month, (POM home page is cataloged separately) developed by the Noyce Foundation are included. The tasks were designed to measure students’ ability to solve non-routine problems, explain and justify their solutions, and promote high level thinking skills. They include the scoring rubric, student responses, and discussion of student understanding and misconceptions. Resources are listed for specific grade 3 standards and are also organized by progression for an alternate search route.
Instructional Strategy, Problem Set, Reference Materials
Grade Level: 3
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This question and answer service for math students and their teachers offers a searchable archive all about place value at the elementary level. Topics addressed include rounding, estimating, significant digits, and scientific notation.
Community
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6+
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This interactive 100 grid has a variety of open-ended uses. Users can "make" as many counters as they choose from among three different kinds, and then drag them onto the grid, allowing any number to be covered by up to 3 different markers at one time. An Ideas page offers possible tasks and games suited to the applet.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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This interactivity presents estimation challenges in over two dozen math content areas, including counting, whole and decimal operations, measurements, and fraction/decimal equivalents. Rather than needing exact answers, students earn zero to 5 points based on the closeness of each of their estimates completed in a fixed time period. A link to a brief tutorial introduction is provided (cataloged separately).
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6+
4
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This interactive applet for two players helps develop estimation skills. As in the game Connect Four, each player tries to connect four game pieces in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) before the opponent does. Players earn game pieces by estimating the answers to displayed problems according to the user-set tolerance for accuracy. Users may choose the type of problems (addition, multiplication, and/or percentage) and the difficulty level. The game may be played with no time limit, or with a limit set by the users.
Activity, Game, Interactive Media
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6+
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This open-ended interactive Flash applet can be used in many ways to develop numeracy concepts and skills. It provides three highlight colors, a hide or reveal feature, and the ability to vary the start number and the increment size.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6+
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This document provides descriptions and examples of what each Mathematics Common Core standard means a Grade Three student will know, understand and be able to do. This "unpacking" of the standards provides instructional guidelines and was developed to assist North Carolina educators teach the Mathematics Common Core (Standard Course of Study).
Reference Materials
Grade Level: 3
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In this reply to a teacher's inquiry in The Math Forum's Teacher2Teacher service, Associate Gail Englert describes her technique for helping students understand how to round numbers. Her story context and follow-up lesson with number lines give meaning to the concept of halfway and provide a conceptual structure that students can transfer to other situations. The page includes a link to subsequent discussions by others on the topic of rounding.
Instructional Strategy, Reference Materials, Community
Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5
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This page provides examples of Third Grade Number (Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten, and Number Operations-Fractions) activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards. A CCSS standard is stated and the possible activities are listed below and linked. All activities are suitable for use in Math Centers, small group or whole class settings and are designed to elicit a range of responses and provide opportunities for students to communicate their reasoning and mathematical thinking. Instructions for each task are typed in large print and written in child-friendly language to enable students to work on activities independently after a brief introduction to the task. All files listed are in PDF format.
Activity, Game
Grade Level: 3
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