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VocabularySpellingCity provides these third grade math word lists for teachers and parents to accompany the 3rd grade math curriculum using educational, interactive vocabulary games. Simply select a 3rd grade math category and a list of third grade math terms, then choose from 25 ready-to-use games and learning activities. All material is specifically designed for use in a third grade math class.

The math vocabulary lists are based on the Common Core Third Grade Math Standards. VocabularySpellingCity has selected academic vocabulary relating to the key math concepts of 3rd grade, with meaningful example sentences and definitions written in a level-appropriate way for third grade math. Third grade students can reinforce or build understanding using the themed math vocabulary lists. Parents and teacher can import these lists to their accounts,where they can edit or add to them depending on their needs.

Common Core State Standards Overview for Third Grade Math

Algebraic Thinking
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  • Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division.
  • Understand properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division.
  • Multiply and divide within 100.
  • Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic.
Number & Operations in Base 10
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  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.
Number & Operations - Fractions
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  • Develop understanding of fractions as numbers.
Measurement & Data
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  • Solve problems involving measurement and estimation of intervals of time, liquid volumes, and masses of objects.
  • Represent and interpret data. Geometric measurement: understand concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition.
  • Geometric measurement: recognize perimeter as an attribute of plane figures and distinguish between linear and area measures.
  • Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic.
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  • Reason with shapes and their attributes
Source: www.corestandards.org
Third Grade Algebraic Thinking
Operations & Algebraic Thinking - List 1 of 1
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Third Grade Base Ten Operations
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Number & Operations in Base Ten - List 2 of 2
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Third Grade Fractions
Number & Operations - Fractions - List 1 of 1
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Third Grade Geometry
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Lines - List 1 of 1
Prisms - List 1 of 1
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Click for more information on Math Vocabulary and the Common Core Standards in general. For information pertaining to 3rd grade in particular, please refer to the chart above. To preview the definitions, select a list and use the Flash Cards. For help on using the site, watch one of our short videos on how to use the site.

Learning third grade math words in the right context is a challenge even for third graders. For example, the term “degree” can have many meanings, with several that are particular to 3rd grade math vocabulary itself. Keeping track of the many varying usages of terms for math study can be daunting. Still, thanks to targeted online games and corresponding printable worksheets, learning these alternate 3rd grade math definitions can be as simple as 1-2-3!

The math vocabulary lists are based on the Common Core Third Grade Math Standards. Third graders can use the automated reader to listen to the third grade math terms that they need to learn. They can also gain concrete experience through the many interactive and exciting math vocab grade 3 games available to them. Every child responds better to elementary math vocabulary when it is presented in context rich, meaningful ways. Third grade students who use the themed math vocabulary lists gain math confidence and benefit from math vocabulary drills and practice that keep them interested and coming back for more!

Third Grade Math Vocabulary
Words at a Glance:

Algebraic Thinking

Operations & Algebraic Thinking: solution, range, inequality, domain, form, distributive, like denominator, expression, multiples, equation

Base Ten Operations

Number & Operations in Base Ten: regroup, place value, whole numbers, minuend, rounding, division, estimation, solution, addend, number line, subtraction, digit, product multiplier, addition, plus, minus, difference, sum, times


Number & Operations - Fractions: divisor, numerator, factor, fraction, dividend, relative, whole number, quotient, denominator, rounding

Measurement & Data

Length: centimeter, area, length, height, mile, kilometer, temperature, perimeter, meter, width

Showing Data: tally chart, bar graph, data, input, interpret, pictograph, customary units, non-standard units, picture graph, table, symbol

Statistics: chance, reasonableness, median, data, input, outcome, combinations, mode, predict

Time/Temperature: thermometer, degrees, second, minute, clockwise, counterclockwise, temperature, elapsed time, hour, Celsius

Weight/Volume: gram, liter, weight, scale, metric, liquid measures, kilogram, ounce, capacity, volume


Angles: obtuse angle, angle, acute angle, right angle, straight angle, vertex, perpendicular, reflection, congruent, degrees

Lines: side, coordinates, line graph, right angle, line of symmetry, intersecting lines, closed figure, line segment, perpendicular, degrees

Prisms: cube, cylinder, base, cone, face, sphere, prism, solid figure, dimensions, volume

Shapes: polygon, octagon, symmetry, congruent, translation, pentagon, hexagon, rhombus, parallelogram, area

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