# RICE Math Strategies for Third Grade

by Susan Rickey

Working on math word problems can be confusing for third-grade students. The RICE strategy is a problem-solving strategy used to help your child organize his thoughts and work to find an answer to math problems.

## I is for Illustrate

Illustrate the problem with a picture, table or diagram. Ask your child to label the illustration. This is a perfect way to check for understanding. If she is working on a problem that asks for the volume of a swimming pool, check to make sure she has the base, width and height labeled properly. She doesn't have to draw the extra information -- the children who were swimming in the pool, for example.

## C is for Calculate

Use the proper math operation and write the equation to calculate the answer. Some math problems require more than one equation to be solved to answer the question asked in the problem. Encourage her to show all of her work. It is easier to find calculation errors if the work is written down.

## E is for Evaluate

The RICE strategy now asks your child to evaluate his answer. The child writes out an explanation proving the answer to the question with words. He evaluates his final answer. Does the answer make sense? Did I answer the question that was asked? If the answer doesn't make sense, read the problem again and go through the steps once more.