3rd Grade Algebraic Reasoning: Models, Tables, & Equations


Draw, explain, solve, justify, and journal to understand and model operations

$125.00/Campus for the book

Google Slides Add-on: $75/campus for digital activity add-on with purchase of book

Discount available for district-wide purchases

  • Represent the operations in one- and two-step problems
  • Make tables using real world data
  • Find the unknown number in an equation
  • Understand multiplicative comparisons
  • Solve problems to build fluency

Available in English and Spanish


TeachTransform’s 3rd Grade Algebraic Reasoning: Models, Tables, & Equations is all about connections. Students create pictures, strip diagrams, and number lines that model the operations prior to solving problems. They also create tables that model numerical relationships. Activities include major scaffolding so algebraic reasoning becomes accessible to all students, not just the ones who are already reasoning abstractly. 

Silly characters and contexts keep students interested and develop problem solving grit. For example, students model multiplication with Lightning Mike, the fastest snail around, and help Zappo the Magician clean up his huge mess.

3rd Grade Algebraic Reasoning: Models, Tables, & Equations includes activities for the whole class, small groups, centers, intervention, and guided math that build the academic language of algebraic reasoning.

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 fraction concepts
  • Instruction extras to support implementation of instructional strategies

Digital Activities

Activities are available as Google Slides for an add-on purchase to be used in whole class demonstrations, as small group work, or for remote learning.

Tutoring & Intervention

3rd Grade Algebraic Reasoning: Models, Tables, & Equation activities can be used for Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 instruction in 3rd grade. Activities can also be used to catch 4th and 5th graders up and fill in gaps without loss of rigor or time. For example, for 4th graders struggling to understand the relationships in tables, use Exploring Tables or Mr. Haroo’s Zoo from 3rd Grade Algebraic Reasoning. For 4th or 5th graders struggling with one-step problems vs. two-step problems, use The Magician’s Mess or The Magician’s Show.

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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