Math Empowers Grade 3

Middletown Township Public Schools

Third Grade: Third Trimester: 2018-2019

During the final trimester of the year, third graders will build on their understanding of fractions and explore various strategies used to compare fractions. In addition, third graders will dive into the concept of division. Students will end the year with a focus on measurement. The articles and activities in this newsletter will prove to support teachers and excite students as third grade comes to an end.

Graham Fletcher's Progression Videos are a Must See!

Clear and concise, Graham Fletcher's "The Progression of Fractions Meaning, Equivalence & Comparison" will guide educators as plans are created meet the needs of students within the learning continuum of fractions. Don't miss it!
The Progression of Fractions (Meaning, Equivalence, & Comparison)

Follow Dan Finkel on Twitter! @MathforLove

Have you seen Dan Finkel’s TEDx talk? If not, click here: Five Principles of Extraordinary Math will soon be hooked! After obtaining his PhD in mathematics, Dan became dedicated to understanding and teaching the motivation, history, aesthetics, and deep structure of mathematics. Like many of us, Dan has made it his goal to “give everyone the chance to fall in love with mathematics.” Check out, where you can find a free lesson library and information about learning through play with two great games called Prime Climb & Tiny Polka Dot, both of which foster a love for mathematics.

Pi Day is March 14!

π is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. It is all the way around a circle divided by all the way across it. No matter how large or small the circle, its circumference is always π times its diameter.

π = 3.14159265358979323846... (the digits go on forever without repeating)

Looking for a student - friendly way to explain pi to third graders? Check out this quick video.

Also, many Pi Day resources can be found in this blog.

Number Talks are Successful Tools

Number Talks are a great teaching tool to enhance students' number sense. Any operation can be used during a number talk.... it's all about the strategies. Take a look at the video below to see a Number Talk in a third grade classroom.

NJSLA .... formerly known as PARCC

NJSLA is right around the corner. The math assessments will take place on May 9 and 10th.

Be sure to visit the resource center at for information and practice tests.

Questions, concerns, resources to share? Contact:

Melanie Tindall

Elementary Mathematics Specialist

Lincroft Elementary School

River Plaza Elementary School