Mathventure for 3rd Grade would work well as a supplement to classroom instruction. It could be fun to use the chapter activities as a way to introduce a topic. Have students work through a few activities on their own, and ask them to record their quiz scores so they can track their learning progress. Discuss the activities as a class, and then have students revisit the activities after they're more comfortable with the content. Ask students to take the quizzes again and compare their new scores to their earlier ones. Use the Problem Solving Themes chapter throughout the year so you can challenge kids to think critically and apply their skills to real-world problems.Continue reading Show less
Mathventure for 3rd Grade is an e-book collection of math lessons organized into four chapters: Problem Solving Themes, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Fractions, and Geometry and Measurement. The Problem Solving Themes chapter includes five themes, with several problems for each theme. In Explore the Big City, students solve four city-themed problems that cover a variety of third-grade content. The other three chapters include several activities with animations, audio-supported learning extensions, and follow-up quizzes.
Students will learn and practice a wide range of math skills with Mathventure, and the lessons align to Common Core State Standards. However, several third-grade concepts are not covered, such as telling time, graphing data, and understanding place value. As students move through the chapter activities, they can click on a button to learn more about the concept. This "learn more" option includes audio instruction and animations, which are useful ways to support learning. Some of the activities allow kids to enter partial solutions when they enter their answers, which is a nice feature.
Overall, there's solid content here, but the lack of progress-tracking features mars the experience. Students can't create their own user accounts or save their progress, which might mean teachers have to layer on their own system for recognizing students' achievements. Most of the lessons don't provide students with an opportunity to actually solve problems until they get to the quizzes. The quizzes are scored, but hints and detailed feedback aren't provided, and scores aren't saved.
Key Standards Supported
Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.
Partition shapes into parts with equal areas. Express the area of each part as a unit fraction of the whole. For example, partition a shape into 4 parts with equal area, and describe the area of each part as 1/4 of the area of the shape.
Measurement And Data
Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.
Number And Operations—Fractions
Understand a fraction 1/b as the quantity formed by 1 part when a whole is partitioned into b equal parts; understand a fraction a/b as the quantity formed by a parts of size 1/b.
Understand two fractions as equivalent (equal) if they are the same size, or the same point on a number line.
Operations And Algebraic Thinking
Interpret products of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 5 × 7 as the total number of objects in 5 groups of 7 objects each. For example, describe a context in which a total number of objects can be expressed as 5 × 7.
Interpret whole-number quotients of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 56 ÷ 8 as the number of objects in each share when 56 objects are partitioned equally into 8 shares, or as a number of shares when 56 objects are partitioned into equal shares of 8 objects each. For example, describe a context in which a number of shares or a number of groups can be expressed as 56 ÷ 8.
Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.1
Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.
Solve two-step word problems using the four operations. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.3
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