# Math Pacing

#### Polly J.

##### Full Member
I'm not required to follow a specific pacing guide for math. Compared to my team member I am ahead, but I don't feel like I am moving fast enough. Where are you guys in your math scope and sequence?

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#### starry1

##### Guest
i'm behind, but i think our pacing calendar goes way too fast. It wanted multiplication covered already.

our classes have studied in this order: Place Value (including rounding), Addition, Subtraction ....We are just beginning multiplication next week. Our pacing calendar told us to have graphing already covered and multiplication....so we are skipping graphing for now and going onto multiplication.

hope this helps!

Note: we spent a LONG time on place value, especially rounding because everything goes back to that in 3rd grade..its like the foundation....and there is a lot of rounding on the Big Test

#### kellie88

##### Senior Member
Math

Starry1-
Do you use Scott Foresman? The pacing guide you described is exactly what we are doing too!

#### Polly J.

##### Full Member
I use Scott Forseman too, but I've just started subtraction. I even skipped the last half of the first chapter on graphing, but I feel as though we ought to be starting multiplication by now. This is my first time teaching 3rd grade, so I'm worried about not preparing them well enough for the standardized tests. Also, I'm new to the state, so that doesn't help either.

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#### starry1

##### Guest
no we use McGraw Hill and our pacing guide was made by our school district we use Scott Foresman for social studies though

our book goes in that order though: placevalue, addition, subtraction, graphing, multiplication......(then it continues of course)

#### cdixon

##### Full Member
What states are you all?

Just curious as I use Scott Foresman too and am in CA. We just started multiplication 2 weeks ago.

Starry1 - we just got Scott Foresmas this year for Soc St. How do you like it?

#### bapursell

##### New Member
Not a Scott Foresman fan =(

We have been using Foresman for the last six years and I hate it. Many teachers in our district use other supplemental programs and only a bit of the Foresman stuff.

Being in CA, and being in a district that has required benckmark assessments, many of the assessments revolve around word problems. Which, if you think about it, is the way use math as adults, right?!?! Anyway, I think it does a very poor job of teaching the concepts to get kids to understand them and an even poorer job of teaching the word problem strategies. So, I use many other things instead.

As for a pacing guide, we have already done place value, addition/subtraction (multi-digit), some graphing, and we are almost through our math facts and on to multi-digit multiplication. We like having some time to review all concepts before state testing in April.

Never seems to be enought time, huh?!?!

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#### starry1

##### Guest
i'm from cali too.... that makes sense that there would be a lot of word problems on assessments, because i was informed recently that a large portion of the third grade standardized test Is in fact word problems! i understand your frustration though...my kids are not great at them.

i go at the pace of my class in math every year, and that's how I know I didn't go too fast or too slow(i have a lower class)...i am sure Polly that you just need to feel out how your class is...however, i sometimes worry about not going fast enough, so i am skipping notsoimportant graphing for now and going onto multiplication...i would get through subtraction for now and maybe begin to introduce skipcounting a little with your kids and even maybe even the easiest facts, zeros ones fives since you are a little short on time.....perhaps send home the flashcards to get a head start..

and for the person who uses scottforesman social studies..i was actually one of the trainers for that program at my school site any questions, ask me i do like it a lot however we were disappointed that it focuses mostly on CA since they get that again in 4th grade and our past text book was more interesting with you US comparisons of past/present communities.....since i taught 4th in the past i include a little of what i did in 4th as far as activities...i really like how they can choral read, write in the book, and work on the reading skills..the kids are beginning to really enjoy it...and it counts for additional language arts time too...however, many of my students are ELL kids so this series basically is great ELD/SDAIE type of strategies for them