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TNReady Standards for 3rd grade Math 

The following are the eight standards for mathematical practice: Standards for Mathematical Practice

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

4. Model with mathematics.

5. Use appropriate tools strategically.

6. Attend to precision.

7. Look for and make use of structure.

8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.


Literacy Skills for Mathematical Proficiency

Communication in mathematics employs literacy skills in reading, vocabulary, speaking and listening, and writing. Mathematically proficient students communicate using precise terminology and multiple representations including graphs, tables, charts, and diagrams. By describing and contextualizing mathematics, students create arguments and support conclusions. They evaluate and critique the reasoning of others and analyze and reflect on their own thought processes. Mathematically proficient students have the capacity to engage fully with mathematics in context by posing questions, choosing appropriate problem-solving approaches, and justifying solutions.


Literacy Skills for Mathematical Proficiency

1. Use multiple reading strategies.

2. Understand and use correct mathematical vocabulary.

3. Discuss and articulate mathematical ideas.

4. Write mathematical arguments.


Reading in mathematics is different from reading literature. Mathematics contains expository text along with precise definitions, theorems, examples, graphs, tables, charts, diagrams, and exercises. Students are expected to recognize multiple representations of information, use mathematics in context, and draw conclusions from the information presented. In the early grades, non-readers and struggling readers benefit from the use of multiple representations and contexts to develop mathematical connections, processes, and procedures. As students’ literacy skills progress, their skills in mathematics develop so that by high school, students are using multiple reading strategies, analyzing context-based problems to develop understanding and comprehension, interpreting and using multiple representations, and fully engaging with mathematics textbooks and other mathematics-based materials. These skills support Mathematical Practices 1 and 2.


Understanding and using mathematical vocabulary correctly is essential to mathematical proficiency. Mathematically proficient students use precise mathematical vocabulary to express ideas. In all grades, separating mathematical vocabulary from everyday use of words is important for developing an understanding of mathematical concepts. For example, a “table” in everyday use means a piece of furniture, while in mathematics, a “table” is a way of organizing and presenting information. Mathematically proficient students are able to parse a mathematical term, definition, or theorem, provide examples and counterexamples, and use precise mathematical vocabulary in reading, speaking, and writing arguments and explanations. These skills support Mathematical Practice 6.

Speaking and Listening

Mathematically proficient students can listen critically, discuss, and articulate their mathematical ideas clearly to others. As students’ mathematical abilities mature, they move from communicating through reiterating others’ ideas to paraphrasing, summarizing, and drawing their own conclusions. A 14 mathematically proficient student uses appropriate mathematics vocabulary in verbal discussions, listens to mathematical arguments, and dissects an argument to recognize flaws or determine validity. These skills support Mathematical Practice 3.


Mathematically proficient students write mathematical arguments to support and refute conclusions and cite evidence for these conclusions. Throughout all grades, students write reflectively to compare and contrast problem-solving approaches, evaluate mathematical processes, and analyze their thinking and decision-making processes to improve their mathematical strategies. These skills support Mathematical Practices 2, 3, and 4.



Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Students build on their understanding of addition and subtraction to develop an understanding of the meanings of multiplication and division of whole numbers. Students use increasingly sophisticated strategies based on properties of operations to fluently solve multiplication and division problems within 100 (See Table 3 - Properties of Operations). Students interpret multiplication as finding an unknown product in situations involving equal-sized groups, arrays, area and measurement models, and division as finding an unknown factor in situations involving the unknown number of groups or the unknown group size. Students use these interpretations to represent and solve contextual problems with unknowns in all positions. By the end of 3rd grade, students should know from memory all products of single-digit numbers and the related division facts.

Students use all four operations to solve two-step word problems and use place value, mental computation, and estimation strategies to assess the reasonableness of solutions. They build number sense by investigating numerical representations, such as addition or multiplication tables for the purpose of identifying arithmetic patterns. Students should solve a variety of problem types in order to make connections among contexts, equations, and strategies (See Table 1 - Addition and Subtraction Situations and Table 2 - Multiplication and Division Situations).

Numbers and Operations in Base Ten

Students begin to develop an understanding of rounding whole numbers to the nearest ten or hundred. Students fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms. Students multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10.

Numbers and Operations-Fractions

This domain builds on the previous skill of partitioning shapes in geometry. This is the first time students are introduced to unit fractions. Students understand that fractions are composed of unit fractions and they use visual fraction models to represent parts of a whole. Students build on their understanding of number lines to represent fractions as locations and lengths on a number line. Students use fractions to represent numbers equal to, less than, and greater than 1 and are able to generate simple equivalent fractions by using drawings and/or reasoning about fractions. Students understand that the size of a fractional part is relative to the size of the whole.

Measurement and Data

In 2nd grade, students tell time in five minute increments, measure lengths, and create bar graphs, pictographs, and line plots with whole number units. In 3rd grade, students tell and write time to the nearest minute and solve contextual problems involving addition and subtraction. They use appropriate tools to measure and estimate liquid volume and mass. Students draw scaled pictographs and bar graphs and answer two-step questions about these graphs. Students generate measurement data and represent the data on line plots marked with whole number, half, or quarter units. Students recognize area as an attribute of two-dimensional shapes and measure the area of a shape using the standard unit (a square) by finding the total number of same-sized units required to cover the shape without gaps or overlaps. Students connect area to multiplication and use multiplication to justify the area of a rectangle by decomposing rectangles into rectangular arrays of squares.


Students understand that shapes in given categories have shared attributes and they identify polygons. Students continue their understanding of shapes and fractions by partitioning shapes into parts with equal areas and identify the parts with unit fractions.