


Grade: 3



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3.1.
Core Content:
Addition, subtraction, and place value


(Numbers, Operations)





 Students solidify and formalize important concepts and skills related to addition and subtraction. In particular, students extend critical concepts of the base ten number system to include large numbers, they formalize procedures for adding and subtracting large numbers, and they apply these procedures in new contexts.




3.2.
Core Content:
Concepts of multiplication and division


(Operations, Algebra)





 Students learn the meaning of multiplication and division and how these operations relate to each other. They begin to learn multiplication and division facts and how to multiply larger numbers. Students use what they are learning about multiplication and division to solve a variety of problems. With a solid understanding of these two key operations, students are prepared to formalize the procedures for multiplication and division in grades four and five.




3.3.
Core Content:
Fraction concepts


(Numbers, Algebra)





 Students learn about fractions and how they are used. Students deepen their understanding of fractions by comparing and ordering fractions and by representing them in different ways. With a solid knowledge of fractions as numbers, students are prepared to be successful when they add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions to solve problems in later grades.




3.4.
Core Content:
Geometry


(Geometry/Measurement)





 Students learn about lines and use lines, line segments, and right angles as they work with quadrilaterals. Students connect this geometric work to numbers, operations, and measurement as they determine simple perimeters in ways they will use when calculating perimeters of more complex figures in later grades.




3.5.
Additional Key Content:


(Geometry/Measurement, Algebra, Data/Statistics/Probability)





 Students solidify and formalize a number of important concepts and skills related to Core Content studied in previous grades. In particular, students demonstrate their understanding of equivalence as an important foundation for later work in algebra. Students also reinforce their knowledge of measurement as they use standard units for temperature, weight, and capacity. They continue to develop data organization skills as they reinforce multiplication and division concepts with a variety of types of graphs.




3.6.
Core Processes:
Reasoning, problem solving, and communication







 Students in grade three solve problems that extend their understanding of core mathematical conceptsâ€”such as geometric figures, fraction concepts, and multiplication and division of whole numbersâ€”as they make strategic decisions that bring them to reasonable solutions. Students use pictures, symbols, or mathematical language to explain the reasoning behind their decisions and solutions. They further develop their problemsolving skills by making generalizations about the processes used and applying these generalizations to similar problem situations. These critical reasoning, problemsolving, and communication skills represent the kind of mathematical thinking that equips students to use the mathematics they know to solve a growing range of useful and important problems and to make decisions based on quantitative information.



