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Third-Grade Curriculum

The Third Grade Teacher’s Guide is provided herein as it was taught during the full scale study of Pathways. You are invited to download this teacher’s guide containing all lessons, student materials, posters, family packs etc. necessary to teach this curriculum. Please note in doing so that there are items that will need duplication for student use, enlargement in the case of the posters, and reorganization of envelopes for the Family Packs. 

It is important again to emphasize that lessons are to be taught in sequence in order for students to build skills. Weeks One through Six may be taught sequentially in a separate block as was done during the Fall in the study. Weeks Seven through Twelve need to also be taught sequentially after the first six weeks as done in the Spring of the study. This time frame allowed teachers to effectively manage their daily schedules and provided reinforcement for student learning.

Download the 3rd Grade Teacher's Guide by week lessons:

Week  1 - Preparing for Our Journey [PDF]
Week  2 - Beginning Our Journey [PDF]
Week  3 - Setting the Pace [PDF]
Week  4 - Food for Our Journey [PDF]
Week  5 - Fruits for Our Journey [PDF]
Week  6 - Learning from Our Journey [PDF]
Week  7 - Continuing Our Journey [PDF]
Week  8 - Knowing Our Journey [PDF]
Week  9 - Choosing Everyday Beverages [PDF]
Week 10 - Keeping Up Our Pace [PDF]
Week 11 - Grains From Our Harvest [PDF]
Week 12 - Remembering Our Pathway Journey [PDF]

A Procedures Manual was developed for use in training teachers using a Train the Trainers model. The process to set an agenda for training and the scripting of lessons are contained within this manual. In addition, there is a detailed listing of the materials needed in putting together a Teacher Box for teaching the Third Grade Curriculum.

Download the 3rd Grade Curriculum Procedures Manual. [PDF] (3.0 mb)

Description of the Pathways Third Grade Curriculum:

Amanda and Daryl Whitehorse live in a Native American community and begin a journey that takes them to other Native American nations. On this journey, they are accompanied by grandparents, the guardians of cultural knowledge, who encourage the development of positive health habits. Traveling among Native Americans, Amanda and Daryl hear stories that transmit cultural information and begin to develop an appreciation of a healthy lifestyle.

Choices are emphasized as healthful eating is promoted in lessons that teach about "Everyday Foods" which are good to eat almost anytime. Students taste test new foods through snack preparations with fruits and vegetables that are linked to goal setting activities. The learning of food groups, taste testing, and measuring fat and sugar are new skills in activities that are fun and memorable for students.

In the third grade, Everyday Physical Activities recognized and encouraged daily physical activity. Learning about body cues and setting goals for physical activity sets the pace throughout the lessons. The Pathways Nations Physical Activities chart reinforces the lifestyle of living in a Native American community. This approach promotes the building of positive attitudes towards exercise and develops motor skills. Free play recess for 20 minutes and daily 3-5 minute classroom exercise breaks are designed to increase physical activity. These activities encourage a creative and fun time for both teachers and students. Additionally, the Physical Education classes at the school reinforce physical activity through scheduled classes.

An activity book, My Pathways Journey, contains twenty-two (22) pages of assignments to assist students in learning the objectives of the various lessons.

Download the 3rd Grade Student Notebook. [PDF] (2.9mb)

Download the 3rd Grade Family Packs:

Weeks 1-2 - 3rd Grade Family Packs
Weeks 3-4 - 3rd Grade Family Packs
Weeks 5,6,7 - 3rd Grade Family Packs
Weeks 8-9 - 3rd Grade Family Packs
Week 10 - 3rd Grade Family Packs
Weeks 11-12 - 3rd Grade Family Packs

Errata for the Third Grade Teacher’s Guide

The following items should be noted as needing corrective action pending a future revision of the Pathways curriculum. These changes should be reviewed so that the user can acknowledge and make necessary changes before teaching the Pathways curriculum.

All references to the pronunciation of O'odham should be written as Ath-thum for both Akimel and Tohono.

Pathways Nations Foods poster spelling of the Lakota word Wakatapi should be corrected to be Wakapape. Similarly, correct Wozapi as written to be Wojapi.

All references in lessons, posters, and student materials for Milk, Cheese, Yogurt should reflect the current proper labeling due to these changes during the period of this study:

New LabelingOld Labeling
Fat Free Milkskim milk
2% Reduced Fat Milk2% milk
1% Lowfat Milk1% milk
Fat Free Chocolate Milkskim chocolate milk
1% Lowfat Chocolate Milk1% chocolate milk

The Logo Description in the Supplemental Section should be corrected on page three under the Apache Hoop description. The first paragraph, 3rd sentence needs to be shortened to "It possesses special powers which could be used, for example, to bless an individual when the hoop encircles the body". In the second paragraph, the first sentence should have the color blue added as in green (blue). Delete sentences three and four and replace with .. "An eagle feather is tied at four locations on the hoop".