3rd Grade Curriculum

In third grade, children experience a new sense of self.  ‘Who am I in relation to others and to the world?’ In Waldorf education we recognize this stage of self-discovery as the nine-year change. New capacities for thinking and judgment are emerging. The younger child’s experience of the unity of all things matures into the third grader’s awareness of a distinctly separate inner life. Strong opinions emerge as they develop a more realistic view of everyone and everything around them.

WRITING
- Learning cursive handwriting
- Dictation practice
- Writing a simple story independently
- Beginning library use and research protocol
- Weekly spelling quizzes and vocabulary development
- Develop understanding of basic sentence structure

READING
- Hebrew, farming, and historical fables
- Independent reading and daily reading in groups or with partners
- Introduction to the basic parts of speech; noun, verb, adjective and adverb
- Reviewing stories to develop comprehension and sequencing

SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS
- Farming and gardening: growing and cultivating; food rhythms in the cycle of a year
- Introduction to measurements: calculating distance, capacity, weight & time
- Memorization of the multiplication tables
- Daily practice with the four basic operations and multiplication tables
- Introduction of multi-digit multiplication
- Introduction of long division

GEOGRAPHY & HISTORY
- Hebrew language, culture, rituals & history
- Shelters: climate and location of ancient and modern building techniques
- Grains: importance in global nourishment and world cultures

ART
- Block book motifs from stories and nature
- Beeswax and plasticine modeling 

WORLD LANGUAGES
- Alternating 6-week blocks of German and  Spanish
- Develop memory, language, translative thinking and vocabulary skills

HANDWORK
- Crochet to strengthen the dominant hand,
- Three-dimensional project such as a pouch, hat or hand puppet

MUSIC
- Music literacy through story
- Singing in unison; begin singing in rounds
- Pentatonic flute & diatonic recorder

GYM & EURYTHMY
- Introduce organized physical games with rules and strategy
- Rhythms, geometrical forms, specific gestures for the sounds of speech 
- Simple ‘concentration’ exercises to develop presence of mind

FIELD TRIPS & COMMUNITY EVENTS
- Angelic Organics Farm: 3-day field trip to care for the land and animals
- 3rd grade play: Hebrew story, recited in chorus with costumes, props 

 

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STUDENT BLOCK BOOK: SHELTERS & DWELLINGS OF THE WORLD

Stilt Houses are one of the types of dwellings studied in the 3rd grade curriculum's Shelters Block Projects