Using Mass Moments in Third Grade Classrooms

Many of the stories featured on the Mass Moments website appear in the scope and sequence recommended for grade three in the 2003 Massachusetts History and Social Science Framework. Third graders will learn "about the history of Massachusetts from the time of the arrival of the Pilgrims. They also learn the history of their own cities and towns and about famous people and events in Massachusetts' history."

While the content is almost perfectly aligned and the narrative form of the "moments" is ideal for third graders, the scripts, background essays, and primary sources on the website are not written at a level that is accessible to third grade students, even in theform used in the elementary and middle school units of Teachers' Features.

What follows is list of (with links to) "Mass Moments" that provide background information and resources on topics and individuals specifically mentioned in the third grade standards. By using the search tools on the website, you can easily find other stories that will enhance your curriculum. For example, while there are "moments" devoted to most of the artists mentioned by name in standard #3.7, a search of Mass Moments yields many others—women and men, black and white, people from every region of the state and every period of Massachusetts history.

Note that the "moments" are listen in roughly chronological order according to the event at the center of the story rather than the year of the "moment" used to tell the story.

3.3 Identify who the Pilgrims were and explain why they left Europe to seek religious freedom; describe their journey and their early years in the Plymouth Colony.

The Fortune Sails from Plymouth for England: December, 13 1621

First "National Day of Mourning" Held in Plymouth: November, 26 1970

Pilgrim Monument Completed in Provincetown: August, 21 1909

Duxbury Dedicates Standish Monument: October, 7 1872

Newbury Offers Wolf Bounty: March, 9 1704

Winthrop Buys Passage for Ironworkers: May, 5 1643

3.2 Identify the Wampanoags and their leaders at the time the Pilgrims arrived, and describe their way of life.

Indians in Mashpee Demand Self-Government: May, 21 1833

First "National Day of Mourning" Held in Plymouth: November, 26 1970

3.4 Explain how the Puritans and Pilgrims differed and identify early leaders in Massachusetts, such as John Winthrop; describe the daily life, education, and work of the Puritans in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Puritans Leave for Massachusetts: April, 7 1630

Roger Williams Banished: October, 9 1635

Anne Hutchinson Banished: March, 22 1638

Memorial to Anne Bradstreet Dedicated: September, 12 2000

3.5 Explain important political, economic, and military developments leading to and during the American Revolution.

Boston Tea Party Raider Born: November, 17 1738

Bedford Responds to "Boston Pamphlet": March, 1 1773

Boston Mob Protests Stamp Act: August, 14 1765

Mercy Otis Marries James Warren: November, 14 1754

Five Die in Boston Massacre: March, 5 1770

Samuel Adams Dies: October, 2 1803

James Otis, Jr., Enrages Colonial Governor: June, 21 1768

Abigail Adams Knows : February, 2 1775

Agrippa Hull Enlists: May, 1 1777

Revolutionary War Commander Artemas Ward Dies: October, 28 1800

Bostonians Lay Cornerstone for Bunker Hill Monument: June, 17 1825

Boston Celebrates First Evacuation Day: March, 17 1901

Paul Revere Statue Unveiled: September, 22 1940

William Dawes Dies: February, 25 1799

Washington Commissions First Naval Officer: September, 2 1775

Henry Knox Brings Cannon to Boston: January, 24 1776

Battle Begins on Lexington Common: April, 19 1775

"John Howe" Spies on Concord or Not: April, 11 1775

Loyalist Despairs at British Defeat: December, 9 1781

3.7 After reading a biography of a person from Massachusetts in one of the following categories, summarize the person's life and achievements.
A. science and technology

Harvard Awards Bowditch Honorary Degree: August, 25 1802

Alexander Graham Bell Receives First Patent: March, 7 1876

Robert Goddard Launches Space Age: March, 16 1926

Polaroid Wins Patent Suit Against Kodak: September, 13 1985

B. the arts

John Wheatley Purchases a Slave Child: July, 11 1761

Painter John Singleton Copley Born: July, 3 1738

Mabel Todd First Describes Emily Dickinson: September, 15 1882

Transcendentalists Publish The Dial: June, 30 1830

Henry David Thoreau Spends Night in Jail: July, 23 1846

Hawthorne and Melville Meet for the First Time: August, 5 1850

Oliver Wendell Holmes Born in Cambridge: August, 29 1809

Concord Women Cast First Votes: March, 29 1880

Norman Rockwell Wins Medal of Freedom: January, 10 1977

Springfield Dedicates Memorial to Dr. Seuss: May, 31 2002

C. political leadership

John Adams Dies: July, 4 1826

Benjamin Franklin Introduces "Silence Dogood": April, 2 1722

Paul Revere Statue Unveiled: September, 22 1940

John Quincy Adams Returns to Paris: August, 9 1783

JFK's Farewell to Massachusetts Legislature : January, 9 1961

Senator Edward Brooke Born: October, 26 1919

3.11 Identify when the students' own town or city was founded, and describe the different groups of people who have settled in the community since its founding.

Boston Celebrates 250th Birthday: September, 17 1880

Boston Jews Petition for First Cemetery: April, 29 1844

Firemen and Irish Clash in Boston Riot: June, 11 1837

Site for Cambridge Selected: December, 28 1630

William Pynchon Buys Land for Springfield: July, 15 1635

Marblehead Carved Out of Salem: May, 6 1635

Natick Established: February, 19 1781

Quincy's Granite Industry Begins: November, 16 1825

Office to Help Freed Slaves Opens in Worcester: September, 27 1867

3.14 Give examples of tax-supported facilities and services provided by their local government, such as public schools, parks, recreational facilities, police and fire departments, and libraries.

Town Meeting Auctions Poor Woman to Lowest Bidder: October, 18 1786

Legislature Guarantees Access to Public Schools: March, 25 1845

Boston Celebrates Opening of Aqueduct: October, 25 1848

Boston Public Library Receives $1 Million Donation: September, 5 1947

State Acts to Protect Mt. Greylock: June, 20 1898

Massachusetts Creates Nation's First Regional Park System: June, 3 1893

Quabbin Reservoir Filled to the Brim: June, 22 1946


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