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3rd Grade Addition & Subtraction Math Journal Prompts


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Need a high quality, No Prep Activity? You will love this set of Journal Prompts that encourage deep thinking and help you collect data on student learning. Students will enjoy drawing and writing about addition and subtraction with regrouping, word problems, strip diagrams, estimation, and using number lines to represent word problems.

These journal prompts give students an opportunity to think deeply about concepts covered in the TEKS and to see patterns.

I absolutely love using math journals in the classroom! They are the perfect way to engage students in deep thinking and assess their understanding. Math journal prompts are naturally differentiated, as students are able to dive as deep into content as they are able to.

What’s Included?

  • 20 Journal Prompts
  • 10 Full Page Sample Journal Prompt Responses that can be used as examples at a math station
  • Teaching Tips for using the Journal Prompts

Great ways to use these journal prompts:

  • No-Prep Math Station
  • Homework (that isn’t busy work)
  • Guide a Small Group Lesson
  • Tutoring Sessions
  • Review
  • Collect Qualitative Data for Parent-Teacher Conferences or PLC and RTI Meetings

Topics include:

  • 2-Digit and 3-Digit Addition with Regrouping
  • Adding up to Three Addends
  • 2-Digit and 3-Digit Subtraction with Regrouping
  • Single-Step Word Problems
  • Word Problems with Extra Information
  • Multi-Step Word Problems
  • Representing Word Problems with Strip Diagrams
  • Estimation
  • Counting Coins and Bills
  • Representing an Amount of Money with Coins and Bills

TEKS Alignment:

Readiness Standards
3.4A: Solve with fluency one?step and two?step problems involving addition and subtraction within 1,000 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and the relationship between addition and subtraction.
3.5A: Represent one? and two?step problems involving addition and subtraction of whole numbers to 1,000 using pictorial models, number lines, and equations.

Supporting Standards

3.4B: Round to the nearest 10 or 100 or use compatible numbers to estimate solutions to addition and subtraction problems.

3.4C: Determine the value of a collection of coins and bills.

Additional information

Resource Type

Journal Prompts

Grade Level


Number of Pages



3.4A, 3.4B, 3.4C, 3.5A