3rd Grade Addition & Subtraction – TEKS

Model – Draw – Explain – Solve – Justify – Journal


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  • Understand trading and regrouping
  • Add & subtract using concrete models, expanded form, & the standard algorithm
  • Learn to solve 1- & 2-step problems
  • Develop fluency in algorithms
  • Model problems using strip diagrams, bar models, number lines, open number lines, & equations
  • Solve addition and subtraction problems – all mixed up

Available in English

TeachTransform’s 3rd Grade Addition & Subtraction develops the concept of trading and regrouping through use of concrete and pictorial models, and a heavy emphasis on place value. It develops fluency, flexibility, and estimation in centers. Students learn to solve one- & two-step addition and subtraction problems. Then they model the operations using strip diagrams, bar models, number lines, and open number lines.

Silly characters and contexts keep students interested and develop problem solving grit. For example, students are reminded of the operations they learned in 2nd grade with “How Many                    Are in the Jar?” Later they use the information about the items in the jar to develop understanding of two-step problems in “Jaja the Jellybean Snatcher”. Plus students problem solve with their favorite characters—Lucy Dynamic, Springback Jack, Elena Danger, and Xrapox the Alien.

3rd Grade Addition & Subtraction includes activities for the whole class, small groups, centers, supplemental instruction, and guided math that build the academic language of the operations.

Each activity includes:

  • TEKS
  • Setting Up for Instruction
  • How-To Guide with full teacher directions including questions
  • Thought Extender Questions to help students get ‘unstuck’ and focus on the math concepts
  • Answer Key
  • Content explanations to deepen teacher understanding of operations  
  • Instruction extras to support implementation of instructional strategies

Tutoring & Intervention

3rd Grade Master Multiplication & Division activities can be used for Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 instruction in 3rd grade. The activities can also be used to catch 4th graders up and fill in gaps without loss of rigor or time. For example, for 4th graders struggling to add and subtract, remind students of the regrouping process using Field Day Fun! or Hold-on-Tight Water Park!

Instructional Alignment from Grades 3–8

Not only is the content aligned among the grades, but the instructional strategies are too. For students who are “growing up” with TeachTransform’s instructional materials, you can expect them, with a little prompting, to give an answer that includes a why, to use sentences to explain their thinking, to question each other in small groups. This lightens the instructional and cognitive load in each grade and leads to mastery.

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