Third Grade Math Investigations

We are off to a great start!

We are buckling down already!

Even though we just began Unit 1 this week, we are already preparing for our first assessment! On Tuesday we will have our Unit 1 assessment. That is how quickly the pacing moves in Math Investigations. If your child has not completed the Unit 1 Study Guide already, I would encourage him/her to do so to make sure that there are no surprises on the test next week. This does not need to be turned in unless there is something your child would like me to go over.

Homework - how much should I expect?

On one of the first days of meeting with the students, I received the question, "Do we have homework on Fridays?" I do assign homework on Fridays - not every Friday, but many. Please help your child get into the practice of checking his/her assignment book on Friday or Saturday to make sure that nothing is forgotten. The reason I send homework on Friday is mostly because we are condensing a lot of material in a short amount of time and I need to make the most of our time in and out of the classroom to keep up our momentum.

Typically, you will see a Math Box that is assigned each night accompanied with either a Home Link, fact practice or problem solving activity. As we get into our Math Investigation units, I will give the rule of working for 10-15 "good minutes" on certain assignments. I use this rule so students do not spend 3 hours on their homework. If your child is working on our homework and really does seem confused, it is okay to close the book and put it away. I love having conversations the next day and problem solving together!

Math Facts

By the end of 3rd grade, the students need to be completely fluent in their multiplication facts. They need to get to the point that they do not just know them, but they know them with an automaticity that is close to yours! Without the foundational base of multiplication, it creates challenges for division, fractions, decimals and so many other skills/concepts that come in later grades. I have been involved in a lot of Common Core Standards training, and this is one of the biggest take-aways that I can share with you to help your child become successful in math.

What is the best way to practice facts? Whatever works for your family! I recommend 5 minutes a day. If you can create a routine that allows for 5 minutes a day, it is proven to be more effective than 20 minutes here and there. You can use old-fashioned flash cards, you can create your own problems, print sheets from the internet, play online games, you can even use apps for your phone, ipad, Kindle, etc. They all work! One strategy I am a fan of is practicing in the car! Most kids end up in the car for at least a few minutes each day. Use this time! Keep flash cards stored in the backseat or grab your device that has access to apps. Another option, is while sitting at the table eating breakfast - go through a few flashcards while eating breakfast!

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Is this the right placement for my child?

We are off to a fantastic start this week. I am constantly monitoring your child and if there are any concerns that I have about the pacing or the rigor of Math Investigations for your child, I will contact you directly so we can develop a plan to ensure success. There are times that parents have concerns of their own and feel that Math Investigations is a bit much for their child. Please contact me and we will problem solve together.

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