Math Resources

• Stepping Stones Journals
• Math Notebooks
• ST Math (online program focused on math reasoning and modeling with mathematics)
• First in Math (online math games designed to promote critical thinking skills and build math fluency)
• SeeSaw (online learning platform)

We will work on Ohio’s Learning Standards and the 8 Mathematical practices using the program Stepping Stones. We will continue to work on enrichment activities to deepen our appreciation and passion for mathematics. Our Stepping Stones Student Journal is divided into 12 Modules. We will complete 4 Modules per Trimester. The curriculum will spiral and students will work on a variety of math skills in each Module.

Homework Expectations

Homework assignments will be posted on SeeSaw. This is a new online digital platform that has been purchased for students in grades K-5.  Students will have daily assignments posted in Seesaw for their “At Home” days. These activities will include math practice problems, problem solving activities, ST Math, First in Math, watching online math videos, and/or online math games.

Current Math Topics

Third grade EPPers are kind and hardworking. They are developing strong problem solving skills and demonstrate enthusiasm for learning. I am amazed at how well students adapted to our Remote Learning and Hybrid Learning Model for the first trimester.

Recently students have started our second enrichment unit, Terrapin Logo. This is a program developed by MIT. Students have created simple procedures and sub procedures to help them better understand angles and designs. This will be a program students will utilize in fourth and fifth grade EPP too.

We continue to explore and investigate patterns with multiplication and division. Students have a variety of strategies for multiplying efficiently.

We are working on two lessons a day during our hybrid model. We are working on an easier lesson and more challenging lesson each day. In November and December, we will work on Module 5 and Module 10.

After Thanksgiving break, we will strengthen our addition/subtraction of multi digit numbers using the standard algorithm. Students will compare and order fractions using number line, unit fractions, and greater than/less than symbols. Third graders will also use fraction tiles to add and simplify improper fractions. We will study perimeter, area, and volume. We will explore how to calculate the area of composite shapes.

Trimester 2 Math Topics

• Multiplication & Division
• Perimeter, Area, and Volume
• Characteristics of Prisms and Pyramids
• Fractions, Improper Fractions, Mixed Numbers
• Gallons, Quarts, Pints, Cups
• Liters

Enrichment Projects

• Terrapin Logo
• Pentominoes

VOCABULARY

Standard Algorithm, Fraction, Whole, Numerator, Denominator, Fraction, Improper Fraction, Unit Fraction, Mixed Number, Number Line, Line Plot, Bar Graph, Area, Units, Square Units, Variable, Commutative Property, Identity Property, Associative Property

Ohio Learning Standards:

Below are some Ohio Learning Standards we will focus on for Trimester 2.

Critical Area 1: Developing understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division within 100- Students develop an understanding of the meanings of multiplication and division of whole numbers through activities and problems involving equalsized groups, arrays, and area models; multiplication is finding an unknown product, and division is finding an unknown factor in these situations. For equal-sized group situations, division can require finding the unknown number of groups or the unknown group size. Students use properties of operations to calculate products of whole numbers, using increasingly sophisticated strategies based on these properties to solve multiplication and division problems involving single-digit factors. By comparing a variety of solution strategies, students learn the relationship between multiplication and division.

Critical Area 3: Developing understanding of the structure of rectangular arrays and of area- Students recognize area as an attribute of two-dimensional regions. They measure the area of a shape by finding the total number of same-size units of area required to cover the shape without gaps or overlaps, a square with sides of unit length being the standard unit for measuring area. Students understand that rectangular arrays can be decomposed into identical rows or into identical columns. By decomposing rectangles into rectangular arrays of squares, students connect area to multiplication, and justify using multiplication to determine the area of a rectangle.

Critical Area 4: Describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes- Students describe, analyze, and compare properties of two-dimensional shapes. They compare and classify shapes by their sides and angles, and connect these with definitions of shapes. Students also relate their fraction work to geometry by expressing the area of part of a shape as a unit fraction of the whole.