Kaye Smith

3rd Grade DL Math

Carl Schurz Elementary

Welcome to 3rd Grade DL Math!

My name is Kaye Smith, this is my 7th year at Carl Schurz and my 10th year overall. I graduated May 2004 from Austin College in Sherman, Texas with a B.A. in Psychology. A year later, I graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) also from Austin College. I believe education is more than a product of the classroom it is a product of our experiences.
Communication and parent involvement is essential to a successful classroom and learning atmosphere. Please contact me if you have any questions. Together, we will explore, learn and grow to make this a wonderful year for all!

"Let us put our heads together and see what life we will make for our children." -Tatanka Iotanks (Sitting Bull, Lakota)

Ms. Smith's Homeroom 3rd Grade DL Schedule

7:45 - 8:00 Announcements

8:05 - 9:30 Mrs. Higgs - ELA/Social Studies

9:30 - 10:00 Intervention

10:00 - 10:45 Specials

10:50 - 12:15 Mrs. Fritts - SLA/Social Studies

12:15 - 12:45 Recess

12:55 - 1:25 Lunch

1:20 - 3:05 Ms. Smith - Math/Science

3:10 Dismissal


Weekly Specials Schedule





























Early Release Schedule

7:45 - 8:00 Announcements

8:00 - 9:15 Mrs. Higgs - Science/Social Studies

9:20 - 9:55 Specials

10:00 - 11:00 Mrs. Chipman - Reading/Writing

11:00 - 11:30 Recess

11:30 - 12:30 Miss Smith - Math

12:35 - 1:05 Lunch

1:10 - 1:25 Our Community

1:30 Dismissal




Dear Parents, 

Welcome to 3rd Grade! This is a great year of exploration, discovery and learning. I would like to explain a few ideas about our math class, the expectations I have and provide you, the parents, a guide on what you can do at home to help your child be successful.

To reason mathematically and communicate the student’s reasoning effectively to others is a main focus in my 3rd grade math class. To accomplish this goal students will be using various strategies, techniques and hands on tools to solve problems. Students will be using place value, base ten blocks, expanded notation or properties of operations, to name a few, to guide them in understanding what a problem is asking and how to solve the problem. Students will be expressing their mathematical process through written explanations and/or drawings to support their ideas and thinking. This process of illustration and multi-step explanation will guide the student to eventually complete the 3-digit subtraction or any word problem the traditional “paper and pencil” way, yet with a complete understanding of what the digits represent, what the question is asking and how those understandings can be manipulated.

Multiplication Fact Fluency

Multiplication Fact Fluency is one major objective in 3rd grade. Your child will be learning how to solve multi-step multiplication and division problems this year. To help them maximize their ability to solve without “silly” mistakes, knowing one multiplication facts is vital; therefore, your child will be creating and practicing multiplication flashcards which will be sent home for them to study every night.


Homework is given every Monday and is due that Friday. If the student does not return the homework at the beginning of entering into the class, as a consequence they will walk all of recess. Homework cannot be turned in early yet can be turned in the following Monday as a late assignment. If your child has questions or needs more assistance, I am in the room in the mornings to help clarify any questions your child may have.

Building Community

Students have jobs everyday in which they learn responsibility, respect, and community. Building community is very important in our classroom and we will spend the year exploring and growing our social and emotional community specifically during Our Community time every Friday.



Grading policy for test grades that are below 70 for my class is as follows: The student will take the test home to be signed that night by the parent(s) and must be returned the following day. The parent may go over the test with their child but please do not have the student correct it at that point, for the next day in class the child will be in a small group for reteach and will make corrections on the test. If the corrections are made, the student can earn points back to earn up to a 70.

How can I help my child at home?

There are many ways in which you can help and guide your child this year in our 3rd grade math class. With regards to homework, you can help your child solve problems by asking the questions below. This will help your child think critically and use their prior knowledge from class lessons that will guide them to the answer, not tell them the answer.

  • What are you being asked to find out?
  • What does the problem tell you? Can you describe it in your own words? Have you seen a problem like this before?
  • Is there any part of the problem that you already know how to do?
  • Is there anything you don’t understand? Here can you find the answers to your questions?
  • Will it help to make a list, a chart, a table, a drawing, a diagram? Can you act out the problem?
  • What do you estimate your answer will be? Why?
  • Is your strategy working? Why or why not?
  • Is there another way to check your answer?

Practice Basic Facts at home every night. Your child will be making multiplication flashcards throughout this fall semester. These flashcards will go home every night and should be brought back to school each day. This is a great way for your child to become fluent in multiplication up to 10x10. (As mentioned above, this is very important.)

Games With each topic or objective we learn in class, I will provide a game you can play with your child and family to emphasize the strategy and concept.

Below are a few parent friendly resource websites to support you in these ideas.

www.nctm.org - This is the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics website with great articles and ideas about math and the family.

http://figurethis.nctm.org/index.html - Figure This? Math Challenges for Families - Fun games for the family from NCTM

http://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/math/math.pdf - Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics - U.S. Department of Education

www.texasgateway.org Great website for resources by the Texas Education Agency. They have videos to help explain concepts and activities for the students to practice a concept.

Thank you in advance for your support throughout this school year. Together we will make this a wonderful year of growth, learning and friendships. Please contact me if you have any questions at ktsmith@nbisd.org.



                                                                          Kaye Smith

You can reach me by email at ktsmith@nbisd.org. My conference time is 10:00 - 10:45. 

Click on the link for the PDF version of the slide show presentation presented at Open House. 

Third Grade Open House 2017-2018.pdf

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