Grade Three Math Parent Letter Math Makes Sense Patterning & Place Value

Your child’s class is starting a mathematics unit on patterning and place value. Through activities, your child will discover that the position of digits in numbers tells what the digits represent, and that there are patterns in the way numbers are formed. In this unit, your child will: • investigate patterns in a hundred chart, and use these patterns to • skip count. • count on a number line, and use a number line to compare and • round numbers. • group by 10s to count. • find ordinal numbers. • use Base Ten materials to model 2-digit and 3-digit numbers, then record the numbers in a place-value chart. • use Base Ten materials to compare and order numbers. • explore different ways to represent numbers. • investigate and describe 1000. Place value is the foundation for number sense. A solid understanding of place value is essential to develop a strong number sense and an understanding of all computational methods. Here is a suggestion for an activity you can do with your child. Remove the 10s and face cards from a deck of cards. Deal 3 cards to each player. The player who can make the greatest 3-digit number with her or his cards gets 1 point. Return the cards to the deck, shuffle, and deal again. The first player to get 10 points is the winner. Repeat the activity making the least possible number.

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