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5 Major 3rd Grade Math IEP Goals Special Education | TeachTastic IEPs

Updated: May 24, 2022

Are you a 3rd-grade math teacher who hates writing iep goals?

TeachTastic has the perfect math goals for 3rd grade. You won’t have to waste time writing them on your own anymore! These quarterly objectives are written with full-year learning progression in mind. This saves time when everything is already mapped out and all you have to do is teach.


Five Major Goals for 3rd-Grade Math

All students, regardless of ability level, are held to the same Common Core Standards or individual state standards in third grade math. However, for students with special needs, there are five major goals that must be accomplished in order to ensure success in the coming 4th-grade curriculum. These goals include mastering multiplication skills, being able to solve word problems, and being proficient in addition and subtraction within 1000. By accomplishing these goals, special education students will be prepared for success in all future grade levels.


Here are those goals, as well as a look at how they reflect the needs of special education students in general. These are not specific to one standard or another but rather what all states generally agree on as five major goals or math skills to master.

  1. Addition and subtraction within 1000

  2. Multiplication facts products of whole numbers

  3. Place value up to three digits

  4. Write a fraction to a model, and model to fraction interchangeably

  5. Tell and write time to the nearest minute

Addition and subtraction within 1000:

One of the most important things that students need to master in 3rd grade is addition and subtraction within 1000. This goal includes mastering addition and subtraction facts within this range, as well as being able to solve problems using these operations. By mastering these skills, students will be able to solve more complex math problems with ease.


By (date), when given two three-digit numbers with sums no greater than 1000, the student will add numbers to find the sum, improving addition skills from 0/10 work samples out of ten consecutive trials to 8/10 work samples in ten consecutive trials.


Multiplication and division facts:

In order to understand more complex mathematical concepts, students learn a strong foundation in multiplication and division facts. These skills are essential for solving problems and mastering more difficult concepts in later grades. Teaching these facts in 3rd grade will help ensure that your students are prepared for the challenges ahead.