Grade 3 Mathematics Module 2, Topic B, Overview

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Kilograms and grams are introduced in Topic B, measured on digital and spring scales.  Students use manipulatives to build a kilogram and then decompose it to explore the relationship between the size and weight of kilograms and grams (3.MD.2).  An exploratory lesson relates metric weight and liquid volume measured in liters and milliliters, highlighting the coherence of metric measurement.  Students practice measuring liquid volume using the vertical number line and graduated beaker (3.MD.2).  Building on Grade 2’s estimation skills with metric length, students in Grade 3 use kilograms, grams, liters, and milliliters to estimate the liquid volumes and weights of familiar objects.  Finally, they use their estimates to reason about solutions to one-step addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division word problems involving metric weight and liquid volume given in the same units (3.MD.2).

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
3.NBT.2 Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value,...
3.MD.2 Measure and estimate liquid volumes and masses of objects using standard units of grams (g),...

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