Third graders take the MN State Assessment in the spring. They will be provided with practice exams throughout the year. The math portion of the MCA test is taken on the computer. I will be posting links that have sample third grade math exams. These could be downloaded and used to practice on at home...but the real purpose for posting them is for you to see what the test may look like, how the questions would be worded, and to see all that your child needs to know by the end of the year.
Singapore Math uses Model drawing, often called “bar modeling” in the U.S. It is a systematic method of representing word problems and number relationships that are explicitly taught beginning in second grade and extending all the way to secondary algebra. Students are taught to use rectangular “bars” to represent the relationship between known and unknown numerical quantities and to solve problems related to these quantities.