3rd Grade

HERE I STAND UPON THE EARTH

Significant psychological, cognitive, and physiological changes occur in around the third grade year. They become more self-aware, and with this awareness comes the realization that they are disconnecting from their surroundings in ways that can be disconcerting and unpleasant on the one hand and exciting and self-empowering on the other. Through myths and legends of the Hebrew people, and the practical arts including farming and gardening, the third grade curriculum helps them to develop a new relationship with their surroundings.

GRADE THREE

Independence in thought and action is becoming more evident in the third grader who is beginning to see him or herself transitioning from the ‘we’ to the ‘me’. Stories of courage and determination of the ancient Hebrew people finding home are embraced by the third grade child who is beginning to feel a strong departure from how they’ve sensed themselves in the world for their first eight years. Meaningful and practical work including gardening, cooking and construction helps to develop the child’s relationship to self and Earth. These practical arts require the development of measurement, which carries forth into math lessons along with weights and time. Multiple learning modalities are engaged giving all different kinds of learners routes to successful comprehension and daily the children have the opportunity to work both independently and in groups.

Artwork by Neah Bay Douglas, Mountain Song Community School

3RD GRADE CURRICULUM COMPONENTS

HISTORY AND LITERATURE

Stories and legends from the ancient Hebrew people and Native American tales.

LANGUAGE ARTS

Grammar, narrative writing, daily recitation and recapitulation, independent and group reading, spelling, plays.

MATHEMATICS

Applications of the four math processes, times table, double-digit multiplication, long division, measuring concepts, mental math.

GEOGRAPHY AND SCIENCE

Practical experiences in farming, house building and clothing, study of human shelters, clothing and fibers, building projects.

FINE ARTS

Form drawing: symmetry, mirror forms and balanced designs, Expressive drawings, Wet-on-wet watercolor paining, modeling in clay and beeswax.

HANDWORK

Crocheting useful items (hot pads, slipper bags), Dyeing, spinning and weaving wool.

EURYTHMY

Dexterity and concentration exercises, rhythmic stepping movements, vowel practice, geometrical shapes, major and minor third.

MOVEMENT

Circle games: line, ring and ball tossing games, introduction to circus arts.

MUSIC

Recorder, listening skills, rounds, songs from our musical heritage, C major scale.

WORLD LANGUAGE

Oral language practice, longer and more complex phrases and vocabulary, conversational work.

AGRICULTURE ARTS

Creating healthy soil, seed saving and propagation, planting and harvesting of the major grains.

COOKING ARTS/NUTRITION

Food vocabulary, traditional foods of Native Americans, food from animals, ancient grains, sharpening skills of balanced diet, measurement.

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