Becca Reel

3rd Grade

Students have nightly fact practice homework.  Math fact mastery is essential to student success in mathematics.   Third grade expectations are as follows:
  • 100 Mixed Addition Problems
  • 100 Mixed Subtraction Problems
  • 50 Mixed Multiplication Problems 0-9
Students should know each fact with automaticity or within 3 seconds.  As always I have the students’ best interests at heart and I will differentiate as needed to meet the needs of each individual learner.
Below are some resources for fact practice.  There are both written practice tests available for printing and online games.  
Addition and Multiplication
Addition basketball and Multiplication Baseball are excellent games.  Your child has a user name and password for this website which was on a magnet that was sent home on Back to School Night.
This site has a large range of games to help students practice multiplication facts to achieve mastery.  I like this site because there is such a wide variety of games to keep children entertained while practicing facts.  
Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication
Children can practice fluency with their math facts.  They can time themselves and try to beat their record from previous games.  If you could only let your child use one site, I would recommend this one!
For printable practice tests click here  For multiplication the tests have 100 problems.  Students only need to know 50 so you can cut them in half and practice twice!
Additional printable resources for all operations:
3s – To the tune of jingle bells
3, 6, 9,
12, 15,18
24 and 27
30 we are done!
4s – To the tune of row row row your boat
4, 8, 12, 16
20, 24
28, 32
5s – Old McDonald Had a Farm
5 and 10 and 15,20
That’s The Way It Goes
With A 45 Here and A 50 There
Ee-I-Ei-I O!!!!
7’s to Are you Sleeping
7, 14/
21, 28/
49, 56/
63, 70/
Now we’re through!  Now we’re through!
We have worked very hard to have students have a positive attitude about math, and we feel as though the math fact tests can hinder this. Here are some of the major points of what or expectations and procedures are:
Procedures and Expectations:
Third graders should master their addition, subtraction and multiplication facts.  Mastery of division facts are still considered above grade level skills but are highly encouraged.  (The concept of division is REQUIRED for all third graders, but they are not expected to have facts memorized until 4th grade.)
Students will be tested on mixed addition and subtraction facts. They will be tested on 50 facts every Friday. When they begin studying their multiplication facts they will  learn each fact by itself (example: working on 6’s, then 7’s) in order to reach mastery of multiplication facts mixed together.  They should be able to get 94% correct within 3-5 seconds per problem.  
We need to test students regularly and communicate test results with parents.  Math fact mastery requires school and home support.  Parents should continue to sign the fact practice homework sheet each night.
Students should practice “count bys” for their fact 2-3 times each night BEFORE they choose how to practice.  For example, if your child is working on their 3 facts, they should count in order (3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30) before they play math fact video games for the night.  There are songs available on our website to help them practice this.  
Timing students is important, but needs to be altered to make math fact tests less stressful.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!