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Implementing the 3rd Grade Common Core Math Standards/Flex Course


Do you need effective strategies for implementing the third grade Common Core Standards for Mathematics? This online course helps teachers understand and implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics at the third grade level, including both content and practice standards. By the end of this course, teachers have an in-depth knowledge of the standards as well as strategies and activities to support the standards at the third grade level. Teachers also gain information to assist in preparing students for the new Common Core assessments. This course is worth 3 â…“ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"The articles were so thorough and easy to read with a great deal of activities and websites to utilize and support the instruction of the CCSS." - Lorraine Griffo


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $135 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $342


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

Building Mathematical Comprehension: Using Literacy Strategies to Make Meaning” by Laney Sammons

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 73T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41529  

Unit One

  • Introduction to Common Core State Standards
  • Introduction to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
  • Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • Third Grade Common Core Vocabulary
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking /3.OA
  • Represent and Solve Problems Involving Multiplication and Division
  • Solving Multiplication and Division Word Problems
  • Whole Numbers in Multiplication and Division Equations
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Properties of Multiplication and the Inverse Relationship between Multiplication and Division
  • Multiply and Divide within 100
  • Solve Word Problems Involving the Four Operations
  • Understanding Patterns in Arithmetic
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Number and Operations in Base Ten /3.NBT
  • Performing Multi-Digit Arithmetic
  • Number and Operations—Fractions /3.NF
  • Understanding Fractions as Numbers
  • Comparing Fractions
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Measurement and Data /3.MD
  • Solve Problems Involving Measurement of Time, Volume, and Mass
  • Represent and Interpret Data
  • Geometric Measurement: Understand Concepts of Area
  • Geometric Measurement: Solve Problems Involving Perimeter
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Geometry /3.G
  • Reason with Shapes and their Attributes
  • How to Differentiate Instruction of the CCSSM
  • Assessing Mastery of CCSS for Mathematics
  • Assignment #4: Design two math lesson plans
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)