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# What are typical problems for third-grade math?

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The contents of third grade math curriculum differ by school. However, a typical third grade math curriculum includes the introduction of multiplication, division and fractions. Third grade math tends to use word problems to help students identify patterns and apply mathematical ideas to everyday life.

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Students typically learn to add and subtract three-digit numbers in third grade. An example problem is, "What is 242 + 124?" Students also learn about carrying and regrouping to add and subtract large numbers.

Third grade students also learn the basic concept of multiplication. A sample question is, "If you drink 2 cups of water every day for 5 days, how many cups of water did you drink?" Students practice multiplying one-digit numbers and generally memorize the basic multiplication tables.

Students learn basic division in a similar way. A simple division question is, "If there are 9 cookies for 3 friends to share, how many cookies does each friend get?"

Once third grade students learn these basic concepts, they may see word problems with several steps. This is an example that uses multiplication and subtraction: "George walked 4 miles every day for 3 days. Kate walked 2 miles every day for 4 days. How many more miles did George walk than Kate?"

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