Rod and Staff Math - Grade 3

Math Grade 3:

Exploring Arithmetic

Pupil Textbook

Grade 3 arithmetic is a big step for children, for they were used to writing just their answers in workbooks, and now they must learn to neatly copy whole problems and write the answers on paper. They step out of do-and-return-today into do-and-return-tomorrow. This course will help them make the needed adjustments.

The hardcover 352-page textbook has 170 lessons. It reviews addition and subtraction skills from Grades 1 and 2 and teaches multiplication and division facts through table 9 and simple two- and three-step multiplication and division. Other concepts drilled are fraction meaning, measure equivalents, money values, and telling time. Mixed computation and Roman numerals are introduced. Continuous review is built into the lessons, and simple reading problems are practiced frequently.

Each lesson is on two facing pages. The first page of each lesson gives practice with computation. This page is ruled like tablet paper so that the child can see how to space the problems on his seatwork paper.

The second page of each lesson gives practice with secondary skills. Sample insets are shown on some ofthe pages to show the child how to arrange new work on his seatwork paper.

Teacher's Manual

The 376-page hardcover Teacher's Manual is essential for class-time instructions and for assignment directions.

Pupil's pages are shown at a reduced size with colored answers filled in. White areas show what the pupil's textbook is like, and shaded areas indicate teacher instructions.

In the Teacher's Manual, each lesson is outlined under three main headings: Before Class, Class Time, and Drill Time. Before Class lists the things to do before school in the morning. Class Time gives instructions for the teaching session, and is the core of the lesson. Drill Time tells you what to drill in your spare moments throughout the day. (This does not replace drill during Class Time; it strengthens that.)

When the word triplet is used, it refers to teaching a math fact as a whole number and two parts, such as (11) 6 5, which helps to rivet the idea that no matter if a child adds or subtracts, these three numbers must stay together. Thus, a child can easily understand the interrelationship of addition and subtraction, and this helps him to comprehend reading problems.

Speed Drills

Mastery of the facts is not optional. A separate tablet of 85 speed drills provides timed practice in the basic facts. A Speed Drill is given in each even-numbered lesson. The Teacher's Manual indicates when and how to give Speed Drills.


Since the amount of work a class needs will vary from year to year, a set of 59 blackline masters provides extra practice worksheets for the teacher to copy as needed in teaching the course. There are 2 sets of Blackline Masters: Fact Forms and Reading Problems. The 59 sheets have holes punched in them for easy filing in a loose-leaf binder (binder not included). Included is an answer-key booklet that shows reduced-in-size blacklines with the answers in red.

The Teacher's Manual suggests which Fact Form(s) may be used in each lesson. The Reading Problem set is optional. They are not listed in any lesson, and they may be given at the teacher's discretion.

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