Oh my goodness, year 3 creation stories, where do I begin?
I love the idea that grade 3 need stability - they need us to be their anchor as their little worlds change so dramatically.
But there are so many differences in creation stories from country to country, religion to religion. So what do we do? We teach them all! Respectfully, of course.
In grade three we tend to be a little fearful of contradiction, after all, this is the year we start to get 'called out.' One thing I've learned in my curriculum writing and teaching journey is that the common thread of creation stories are not dependent on complete consistency. What I've learned is that the common threads in the stories come through:
-the stars, moon, sun, and Earth formed
-animals and humans were molded or came forth
The consistency really is there, and that's all the children need at this stage.
Another struggle here is if you are highly religious, or far from religious ... some of the stories might trigger your beliefs or disbelief. It's important to step back a moment and ask what creation stories teach us
-that we all have ideas about existence
-that we respect all cultures, and their beliefs
-that the stories are beautiful, as is life
So, if you're about to begin, here's some direction for story or poem choices:
2. The Rooster Emperors
3. Mother Earth
4. Father Sun
5. Pangu Creation Story
7, Tepeu the Maker
8. Norse Mythology
9. Cherokee Creation Myth
10. Rangi and Papa