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How is this for a 3rd grade math problem. A bit much for them in my opinion. Please keep in mind that they have not yet been taught to write out the work. show more How is this for a 3rd grade math problem. A bit much for them in my opinion. Please keep in mind that they have not yet been taught to write out the work, they are just starting division, still working on multiplication, *and* this is the first time they have seen a problem this complex. (It is on a review)

3 x (4 + 2) = (3 x A) + (3 x C)

I'm calling to meet with the teacher tomorrow. show more I'm calling to meet with the teacher tomorrow.

Little Poet - no, they haven't reached that yet Laura - no, she is not is advanced classes and does not go to a private school. The review was done. show more Little Poet - no, they haven't reached that yet

Laura - no, she is not is advanced classes and does not go to a private school. The review was done at school, not as homework. We always go over her graded work when she does her homework so that she can learn why certain things were marked wrong and how to do the problems correctly next time.

Just wanted to clarify that I'm not having trouble with this problem, I can do it in my head. It's my daughter that is struggling. No matter how. show more Just wanted to clarify that I'm not having trouble with this problem, I can do it in my head. It's my daughter that is struggling. No matter how we try to explain it, it's just not clicking. She just plain doesn't understand it. (

It is the distributive property of multiplication (even if you don't know it by that name) which is right in the standards for fourth grade (at least where I am in California), so at the end of the year if your daughter's class has advanced past the third grade curriculum, they may have moved on.

It's review because it's just reminding them that 3(4+2) is the same thing (=) as saying 3x4 + 3x2. So, to break it down:

3x(4+2) can be written 3x6 = 18

or

(3x4)+(3x2) = 12+6 = 18

I think the letters are just throwing you off.

EDIT: I didn't mean to imply that you didn't understand it, I'm a second grade teacher and I was trying to explain it in a way that might make sense to your daughter. Instead of reading "equals" say "is the same thing as saying." It also will help if you get rid of the letters and just put in the correct numbers for her to explain the concept:

3x(4+2) is the same thing as 3x4 + 3x2

Then do both sides of the equation to show her that it's really equal.

Last, give her another problem to see if she understands it:

2x(5+3) is the same thing as saying (2x?) + (2x?) while touching the numbers on the left side of the equation.

Our state just changed the yearly test, and the new ones are horror stories on paper. The third grade one, which I saw given for the first time last year. show more Our state just changed the yearly test, and the new ones are horror stories on paper. The third grade one, which I saw given for the first time last year, had problems just like this, even though it is not a 3rd grade standard. Now, it is totally a guess, but I am almost guessing that your child is coming up on a standardized test, and the teacher is trying to prepare the students for that test. The teacher probably has seen sample tests, and is just trying to be sure that the students have at least seen the possible types of problems at least once before the actual test.

Yes, the standardized testing is ridiculous in this sort of matter. Yes it is too hard for 3rd grade students. But, it is there. There is not a lot a teacher can do except prepare the students as best as she (or he) can.

Please let us know if you find out why a problem this difficult was given to your child.

Payne12 · 7 years ago

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Yes, that's too much. Children need to become really solid in arithmetic before moving on to more advanced concepts. Our district does this same thing. show more Yes, that's too much. Children need to become really solid in arithmetic before moving on to more advanced concepts. Our district does this same thing as well, which is one reason we homeschool.

Do meet with the teacher, but keep in mind that the teacher is required to teach the curriculum your child's school/district/state mandates, so her hands may be tied. My guess is the teacher is just as frustrated as you.

ozboz48 · 7 years ago

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hi i done this at the begening of the year (im in 6th) so im a bit rusty.but i will try also those books always put weird crazy problems they can't. show more hi i done this at the begening of the year (im in 6th) so im a bit rusty.but i will try also those books always put weird crazy problems they can't do,some if not most of my homework is omit because we did not learn it in class,it would be great to call the teacher.

3 x (4 + 2) = (3 x A) + (3 x C)

well this is PEMDAS please excuse my dear aunt sally

parinthes exponets multiply divide add subtract

right to left

4+2=6*3=18 (3*a=3a) (3*c=3c)

answer is 18=6 ac i think

if im wrong im sorry i hadnt done this in forever it seems.

i hoped i helped

bye

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That is advanced for a 3rd grader. Is he in an honors course or enrolled in a private school? I think what the teachers are expecting is that your child. show more That is advanced for a 3rd grader. Is he in an honors course or enrolled in a private school? I think what the teachers are expecting is that your child will bring home the review and the parents will help them with it.

Source(s): I'm an elementary school teacher.

Laura R · 7 years ago

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