Third Grade Overview

Between nine and ten, children experience a significant change in consciousness. They awaken to a greater sense of identity. They learn the impermanence of life and death. Common themes are testing limits, finding their place, seeking real knowledge (how to build a house or tend to an animal) and working to protect their own inner space. To nurture this journey, along with traditional academic progress, our curriculum includes: story interpretation, recitation, cursive letters, form drawing, stage performance and the recorder.


3rd Grade Curriculum at a Glance


Language Arts/History: Hebrew Stories/Creation stories

Math: Measurement: Time, Weight, Length, & Money

Science/Practical Activities: Farming, Shelters, Clothing

Class Play


3rd Grade Curriculum in Detail

LANGUAGE ARTSChristine Benson (Nina Gallwey with OHANA students)

  • Reading: Reading Groups provide practice with reading aloud, comprehension, and writing

  • Writing: Main lesson retellings, free renderings, descriptive paragraphs, “sequence renditions” (We did this, then….”), thank you notes, friendly letters, invitations, greeting cards, etc. Students proofread for punctuation/capitalization. First research report: My Shelter Project

  • Vocab/Spelling: Weekly spelling lists and quizzes related to spelling rules, phonics rules, and conventions. Work with homonyms, synonyms, antonyms, syllabication, and alphabetizing

  • Grammar: Introduction to naming, doing, and describing words and the four types of sentences

  • Speech Work: Poetry and verse recitations and the Class Play build confidence in public speaking

  • Handwriting: Continued practice with cursive and print, with attention to letter formation, spacing, consistency, and proper use of lower and uppercase letters

MATHChristine Benson

  • Consolidation of addition and subtraction skills, with bigger numbers and/or long columns

  • Introduction to different forms of measurement: time, weight, length, and money

  • Memorization of multiplication tables: 2 x 4 = 8, etc. and learning double-digit multiplication

  • Introduction to short division and division facts associated with multiplication facts

  • Continued practice counting and writing numbers up into the thousands

  • Continued work with number patterns, story problems, graphing & math games

  • Practice with rounding and estimating

  • Introduction to prime, composite, and square numbers

  • Identification of operation needed to solve word problems


  • Farming and gardening: soils, composting, planting, harvesting

  • Fiber arts: spinning, weaving, cloth dyeing

  • Cooking & baking

FORM DRAWING Christine Benson

  • Continued development of hand-eye coordination

  • Advanced midline forms, symmetry, spatial relationships

  • Handwriting practice

CHINESE (First Semester)Jennifer Carroll

  • Continued development of listening comprehension, vocabulary, and speaking ability through listening and following, question/answer activities, songs, poems, rhymes, movement exercises, and games

  • New vocabulary includes higher numbers, calendar words, fruits and vegetables, etc.

  • Continued introduction to Chinese culture through festival celebrations, Chinese holidays, and foods

  • Children hear the story of Monkey King

SPANISH (Second Semester) Jenna Zapata

  • Continued development of oral comprehension, vocabulary, and speaking ability through listening and following, question/answer activities, songs, poems, rhymes, movement exercises, and games.

  • New vocabulary includes higher numbers, calendar words, weather words, colors, body parts, animals, family members, classroom objects, etc

  • Class is conducted almost entirely in Spanish

PAINTINGChristine Benson

  • Form out of colors

  • Landscape development

MUSICMelissa Archer

  • Rounds and partner songs, call and response

  • Introduction of diatonic recorders mid-year

  • Introduction to music notation and theory

GAMESMargie Glatte

  • Cooperative tag games using larger spaces

  • Running games, ball games, stilts, tumbling

  • Ball and Frisbee-handling skills

  • Yoga

  • Work on reacting quickly to changing situations, waiting for turns, safety

  • Sportsmanship

HANDWORK Cynthia Bower

  • Crocheting: chain, single, double, & triple crochet; straight crocheting; circular crocheting

  • Projects: recorder case, potholder, mouse, penguin, apple, lion, and many more!

EURYTHMYHolly Powell

  • Continued work staying centered within the group

  • Continued work learning to be aware of self and the group at the same time

  • Developing awareness that anything we do affects the group either positively or negatively

  • More advanced work with copper rods and balls

  • Learning to work with partners, moving to the beat and rhythm of the beautiful classical pieces

  • Learning to align arm and feet movements and experience a sense of oneness through movement