3rd Grade Math Projects

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

To help with Common Core skills, third graders can engage in fun projects that add to their math classes. Here are some project ideas teachers can incorporate into their lesson plans.

Outlining A Dream House

To introduce students to the idea of graphing and plotting points and lines, have them sketch a figure made entirely of right angles, creating any shape they desire for the exterior of the house. They can follow this up by zoning off specific rooms inside the house and labeling them. After spending some time coloring in the rooms, they can figure out the entire square footage of the house by calculating the number of lines used on the paper.

Use the following collection of fun video lessons to help your students understand how to use angles and graphs for this project:

A New Pet

Introduce the idea of a new animal in the house to your students. They'll be responsible for pitching the plan to their families, and will create a bar graph illustrating the percentages of expenses the animal will generate. This will also aid them in the research process, so you can ask them to show where they got their information and what kinds of math they had to use to create their graphs.

The following selection of lessons can give your students an understanding of the math they'll need to know for this project:

Geometry in the Real World

Ask students to check out different buildings in their neighborhood, or ones that are in close proximity to the school. Once the student has chosen a particularly interesting piece of architecture, they can draw a sketch of the building and mention all of the different geometric shapes they notice, along with the kinds of angles and measurements found on the layout.

Start your project off by teaching your students relevant math topics using the following assortment of lessons:

An Array of Arrays

Have your students look around their home or the classroom and identify objects in rows and columns that form arrays. Next have them find similar items and arrange them either by moving them or drawing them on paper to form an array. They can then write up multiplication and division word problems to describe the arrays.

Teach your students about creating arrays and performing multiplication through visual representations by having them watch these engaging video lessons:

More Learning Options

There are many more math lessons for 3rd graders in the 3rd-5th Grade Math course that can spark more ideas for fun math projects to incorporate into the classroom. Engage your students by showing these short lessons, gauge their understanding with each lesson's 5-question quiz, and have them come up with innovative ways to put these math concepts into practice in the real world.

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