3rd Grade Curriculum for the 21st Century

These are my ideas for a new type of school curriculum. This is just an overview and the subjects, of course, would need to be taught in an age appropriate way, which I haven’t done here. Ideally, the student would pick from each subject what interested them.

 

1. gun safety
– pretend vs. real guns
– do not touch
– leave the area
– never play with a real gun
 
2. mental health
– activity therapy
  – recreational exercise outside (hiking, tennis, etc.)
  – journaling
  – relaxation
  – arts and crafts
  – music therapy
  – camping
– expressive therapy (self expression through creative expression)
(excited, tender, scared, angry, sad, happy)
  – art
  – dance
  – drama
  – role play
  – writing
  – film based
  – poetry
  – play
  – sandplay
  – dreamwork
 
– cognitive behavioral therapy
  – thinking of problems and solutions
  – writing self-statements to counter negative thoughts
  – new opportunities to think positive thoughts
  – visualizing the best part of the day
  – learn to accept disappointment as part of life
 
– dialectical behavior therapy
  – mindfulness: observe, describe, participate
  – distress tolerance
  – emotion regulation
  – interpersonal effectiveness
 
– meditation
  – lie comfortably
  – close your eyes
  – breathe naturally
  – focus on breath
  – notice your body
  – return to your breath when your mind wanders
  – do for 2-3 minutes
 
3. time management
– environment conducive to effectiveness
– setting priorities
– carrying out prioritization
– reducing time on non-priorities
– incentives to modify behavior
4. sports
 
5. music (theory)
– pitch
– scales and modes
– consonance and dissonance
– rhythm
– melody
– chord
– harmony
– timbre
  – dynamics
  – articulation
– texture
– form
– expression
– notation
 
6. dance (performance)
– concert dance
– latin/rhythm
– swing
– traditional jazz
– ballroom
– freestyle
– hip hop
– disco
7. theater (acting)
– classical acting
– stanislavski’s system
– method acting
– meisner technique
– practical aesthetics
 
8. fine arts (drawing)
– materials
  – graphite
  – charcoal
  – pastels
  – marker
  – pen
  – ink
– technique
  – holding a pencil
  – shading
  – line weight
  – checking
  – is it ever finished?
– tone
  – light and dark
– form and proportion
  – measuring
  – dots and lines
– perspective
– artistry
  – negative space
  – viewing art from artists
– process
  – motor function
  – perception
  – visual memory
9. applied arts (mixed media)
 
10. agronomy (agricultural science)
– producing plants
– using plants
– environmentalism
  – resources
  – energy supply
  – waste and pollution
  – habitats and species
11. geography
– physical
– human
– integrated
– geomatics
– regional
 
12. languages (linguistics)
– lexicon
– discourse
– dialect
– structures
– relativity
– style
 
13. writing (non-fiction)
– expository (explaining or informing the reader about a certain topic)
– argumentative
  – background
  – thesis
  – 3 claims
  – evidence for each claim
  – opposing views (2)
  – refutation of 2 opposing views
  – conclusion
 opinion
  – both sides of argument
  – opinions
  – reasons for opinions
  – examples to support reasons
  – conclusions
– essay
  – introductory
  – body
  – transitions
  – conclusion
– biography
  – research
  – reading works already written about the subject
  – interviews
  – visit places significant to the subject’s life
  – explore what interested, influenced and inspired the subject
  – study the time and place of the subject’s life
  – analyzing the subject’s life
  – look for patterns
  – thesis statement
  – decide how to recount the person’s life
  – narrative
  – write
  – drafts
  – get someone to read it
  – proofread
  – title
  – sources
  – publish
– memoir
  – memories
– historical
  – outline
– scientific

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