Curriculum Third Grade 2014 - 2015

3rd Grade Curriculum 2014 – 2015

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IMG_0240We’re back at it, although later than I would have liked; I am still in planning mode. Rather than starting on August 16, like we’ve done in the past, we will be starting right after Labor Day. Last year we attempted to do six-weeks on and six-weeks off, but failed miserably. We started off strong, but once we took a break things just never get back on track. Much had to do with severe financial stress that plagued us. You can read about that in the Summer issue of home | school | life Magazine. I worried that we did not learn anything and that I had dropped the ball. Hard! However, after a careful review,  we learned so much! All of us!

This year, I decided to try something a little different. My husband pretty much gives me free reign to plan the year, so he was on board when I told him my ideas. In the past, I tried to organize everything down to the day. This year I compiled a list of goals and then found the materials that I wanted to use to help us reach those goals. I will share the goals at a later date. You will find the materials that I’ve chosen after the break.

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Language Arts



Ancient, Renaissance, and Early Modern Literature

Additional Short Stories

KEY: Mythic Voices (MV) | Nextext Specialized Anthologies: Mythology 2000 (CWM) | THE BIBLE AS/IN LITERATURE ANTHOLOGY (Points of Departure) (TBL) | Patterns in Literature (PIL) | Discovering Fiction Student’s Book 1: A Reader of American Short Stories (DF) | What Your Third Grader Needs to Know (WYTG) | What Your Second Grader Needs to Know (WYSG

  • “The Trojan War” (MV p. 120)
  • “Beowulf” (MV p. 82)
  • “Coyote and the Fish Dam by Celia Barker (MV p. 54)
  • “Creation: The Nine Worlds” (CWM p. 47)
  • “Creation: Heaven and Earth” (TBL p. 3)
  • “Spider Woman” (CWM p. 40)
  • “Anansi Gives Nyame a Child’
  • “How Shiva Got His Blue Throat” (CWM p. 74)
  • Courlander (MV p. 57)
  • “Theseus and the Minotaur” by Favin O’Rabilly (MV p. 99)
  • “Windigo” by Herbet T. Schwarz ( MV p. 96)
  • “The Legend of Iroquois Falls” by Mabel Burkholder (MV p, 155)
  • “Quetzalcoatl” (CWM p. 76)
  • “The Man Who Married a Star” (CWM p. 82)
  • “The Toad Bridegroom” (CWM p. 165)
  • “The Taming of the Sun” (CWM p. 284)
  • “Frog and his Two Wives” (CWM p. 162)
  • “A Wolf and Little Daughter and Ole Gally Mander” (CWM p. 198)
  • “The Two Hunchbacks” (CWM p. 306
  • “A Secret for Two” by Quentin Reynolds (DF p. 46)
  • “The Bracelet” by Yoshiko Uchida (DF p. 28)
  • “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen” by O. Henry (DF p. 70)
  • “The Fun the Had” by Issac Asimov (DF p. 88)
  • “You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine” by William Saroyan (DF p. 118)
  • “The Speckled Band” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (PIL p. 332)
  • “The Magic Shop” by H. G. Wells (PIL p. 348)
  • “Camford Cottage” by Michael Gilbert (PIL p. 305)
  • “Paul Bunyan” (WYTG p. 51)
  • “Pecos Bill” (WYSG p. 52)
  • “John Henry” (WYSG p. 54)
  • “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” (WYTG p. 25)
  • “The Hunting of the Great Bear” (WYTG p. 29)
  • “William Tell” (WYTG p. 39)

Copywork and Handwriting

Grammar & Writing

Spelling, Vocabulary and Phonics


Literacy Practice

  • Literacy Centers
  • Boggle
  • Bananagrams
  • Hangman
  • Scrabble

Required Reading (Read Alouds)

Picture Books

World and American History


History Readings

If You Lived Series

  • A Picture Book of Davy Crockett
  • A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin
  • A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus
  • A Picture Book of Louis and Clark
  • A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison
  • If You Lived With the Cherokee
  • If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution
  • If You Grew Up With George Washington
  • If You Lived in Colonial Times
  • If You Lived With the Sioux Indians
  • If You Lived in the Days of the Knights

Who Is/Are Series

  • Who is William Shakespeare?
  • Who is Charles Darwin?
  • Who is King Tut?

Interactive History

  • Ancient Egypt an Interactive History
  • Ancient Greece an Interactive History
  • Ancient Rome an Interactive History




Additional Reading, Experiments, and Activities



Reinforcement and Practice

 Foreign Language

I’m a little late, but this is part of the Not-Backt-to-School Blog Hop: Curriculum Week.


2 replies on “3rd Grade Curriculum 2014 – 2015”

What a rich selection of literature you’ve chosen. My third grader and I will also be reading some of those ancient classics, like Beowulf. I was also delighted to see Dahl’s The BFG included. That book is hilarious!

Thanks and thanks for commenting. I have had your blog open on my computer for a few days and I am excited to include your history of film in my daughter’s research. She is very interested in film and movies. I did not include self-directed projects, but that is one of the ones that she will be taking on.

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