Grade 3 Mathematics Lesson Plan: Numbers, Operations, and Relationships

Grade 3 Mathematics Lesson Plan: Writing Number Symbols up to 1000

Materials Needed:

  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Number charts (1-1000)
  • Worksheets with number exercises
  • Manipulatives (counters, blocks)
  • Graph paper
  • Tablets or computers with educational maths apps (if available)
  • Visual aids (flashcards with numbers)

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand and write number symbols up to 1000.
  2. Identify the place value of digits in three-digit numbers.
  3. Compare and order numbers up to 1000.
  4. Develop skills to count forwards and backwards in various increments.


  1. Digit: Any of the numerals from 0 to 9.
  2. Hundred: A quantity equivalent to ten tens.
  3. Place Value: The numerical value that a digit has by virtue of its position in a number.
  4. Thousand: A quantity equivalent to ten hundreds.
  5. Ascending Order: Arranging numbers from smallest to largest.

Previous Learning:

Students have previously learnt basic number recognition up to 100 and have an understanding of addition and subtraction up to two-digit numbers. They’ve also practised skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.

Anticipated Challenges and Solutions:

  • Confusing Place Values: Use visual aids and manipulatives to reinforce the concept of hundreds, tens, and units.
  • Writing Larger Numbers: Regular practice using worksheets and games to build confidence.
  • Comparing Numbers: Use number charts and interactive digital tools to provide practice.

Beginning Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Introduction: Briefly review previous knowledge about numbers up to 100.
  2. Objective Sharing: Explain the day’s goals – students will learn to write numbers up to 1000 and understand their values.
  3. Warm-Up Activity: Quick counting game where students count aloud by 10s up to 100.

Middle Activities (32 minutes):

  1. Direct Instruction (10 minutes):
  2. Explain place value using a number chart and write examples on the board: 345 (3 hundreds, 4 tens, 5 units).
  3. Demonstrate writing numbers from 101 to 1000, highlighting the role of place value.

  4. Guided Practice (12 minutes):

  5. Distribute worksheets with partially completed number sequences for students to fill in (e.g., 245, ___, 247).
  6. Use manipulatives to create numbers; for example, show 537 using hundreds, tens, and unit blocks.
  7. Group activity: Ask students to form numbers given orally using flashcards.

  8. Independent Practice (10 minutes):

  9. Students complete individual worksheets that include writing numbers, identifying place values, and simple number comparisons.
  10. Use tablets/computers for interactive number writing games or quizzes if available.

End Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Exit Ticket Activity:
  2. Hand out small slip papers where students must write three numbers between 900 and 1000.
  3. Quick peer-review session where students swap papers and check each other’s work.

Assessment and Checks for Understanding:

  • Worksheets: Check for correct number writing and understanding of place values.
  • Manipulative Activity: Observe students’ abilities to form numbers using blocks.
  • Exit Ticket: Evaluate students’ ability to write and identify numbers near 1000 accurately.

Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Learners:

  • Scaffolding: For students struggling with place value, use more visual aids and one-on-one assistance.
  • Extension: Advanced students can be given tasks to compare and order three-digit numbers or solve simple addition/subtraction problems involving three-digit numbers.
  • Access Tools: Ensure digital tools and worksheets are accessible to all students, including those with disabilities.

Teaching Notes:

  • Purpose: This lesson aims to build foundational numeric skills essential for future arithmetic operations, ensuring students are comfortable with larger numbers.
  • Educational Value: Understanding place value is crucial for all higher-order mathematics. Regular practice with numbers will instil confidence and improve maths literacy.
  • Tips: Incorporate interactive and engaging methods such as games and digital tools to keep students motivated. Consistently reinforce place value concepts with practical examples and everyday references.

By structuring the lesson with clear instructions and interactive activities, students are more likely to remain engaged and understand the material. Feel free to modify any activities to better suit your classroom dynamics or available resources.

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