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The third-grade standards place emphasis on learning multiplication and division facts through the nines table. Concrete materials and two-dimensional representations will be used to introduce addition and subtraction with fractions and decimals and the concept of probability as chance. Students will use standard units (U.S. Customary and metric) for temperature, length, liquid volume, and weight and identify relevant properties of shapes, line segments, and angles.
While learning mathematics, students will be actively engaged, using concrete materials and appropriate technologies such as calculators and computers. However, facility in the use of technology shall not be regarded as a substitute for a student’s understanding of quantitative concepts and relationships or for proficiency in basic computations.
Mathematics has its own language, and the acquisition of specialized vocabulary and language patterns is crucial to a student’s understanding and appreciation of the subject. Students should be encouraged to use correctly the concepts, skills, symbols, and vocabulary identified in the following set of standards.
Problem solving has been integrated throughout the six content strands. The development of problem-solving skills should be a major goal of the mathematics program at every grade level. Instruction in the process of problem solving will need to be integrated early and continuously into each student’s mathematics education. Students must be helped to develop a wide range of skills and strategies for solving a variety of problem types.