We have adopted the Math modules developed by New York State to coincide with our new Common Core Curriculum. There will be some growing pains with these modules. The shift is easiest described as the following: The Math standards used to cover miles of material, but only an inch deep. The new common core standards cover inches of material, but go a mile deep. So you will notice that this year the depth of the assignments and the thinking required to answer questions will be greatly intensified. “Because” is the word I will stress most often. No longer is 4 x 3 just 12. It is now 4 x 3 is 4 groups with 3 in each group and also is 3 + 3 + 3 +3 = 12 AND Explain WHY. There are 7 Units in 3rd grade and 3 of them are multiplication and division.