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  The five units and the 25 accompanying graded supplementary readers, provide material for approximately seven months of Hebrew Language Arts instruction.

The Grade 3 Tal Sela Themes
Grade 3
Between Man and Himself Between Man and His Environment Purim Through the Ages From Bondage to Freedom The People and the Land

The organizing theme Between Man and Himself, explores the concept of physical, emotional and intellectual self-knowledge, friendship and aspects of human interaction.
Unit 1 - Ze Ani (It's Me)
This unit is developed from the point of view of a boy and a girl in Grade 3 grappling with who they are, what they feel, and how they look.
Students discuss their appearance and emotions. They explore the socialization process and the many factors which influence their friendships.
The unit includes poems, songs, Judaic sources, case studies, and five graded supplementary readers.

The organizing theme Between Man and His Environment broadens the concept of self, focusing on the interdependence of man and his environment, and on the similarities in human growth and development and that of trees and plants.
Unit 2 - HaShatil Sheli (My Sapling)
Students survey the number and variety of types and sizes of seeds. They learn about the growth and function of each part of a plant and a tree. The concept of development is broadened to include other cyclical processes in nature. Students compare the effect of climate and season on plant growth, and explore man's impact on plant life.
The unit includes a story, a comic strip, songs and poems and five graded supplementary readers.

The organizing theme Purim Through the Ages focuses on the interdependence of Jews which is highlighted in the story of the Megila and on the contemporary main story of the unit. It also stresses the value of caring and sharing responsibilities as well as joys, reflected in the mitzvoth of Mishloach Manot (giving gifts) and Matanot L'evionim (giving to the poor).
Unit 3 - Ish LeRe'ehu (Between Friends)
Through the story of a girl who is a new immigrant to Israel, students become sensitized to the special needs and experiences which new immigrants usually encounter. These may parallel what Esther experienced during her sojourn in the king's palace. The notions of caring, cooperation, and of spreading joy and good-will during Purim are illustrated in the story and are implemented in the various activities.
The unit contains a story, songs, a play and five graded supplementary readers.

The organizing theme From Bondage to Freedom focuses on the miracles of Pessach and especially on the ways in which we understand, cherish and commemorate those wondrous events. Elijah's part in the Pessach Seder is also explored.
Unit 4 - Pessach BeVeit Tzidkiyahu (Tzidkiyahu's Pessach)
The notion that each Jew has to re-live the liberation from Egyptian bondage is the underlying concept of this unit. By following Tzidkiyahu's family, students learn to plan and prepare a Seder. They explore the meaning of three Pilgrim Festivals (Shalosh Regalim) and welcoming guests (Hachnasat Orchim). The story of Pessach and the fact that a miracle helps Tzidkiyahu's family, directs students to discussion and analysis of this concept.
The unit includes a story, songs, Biblical sources, case studies and five graded supplementary readers.

The organizing theme The People and the Land focuses on developing the students' affinity to the Land of Israel and its people.
Unit 5 - Eten Lach Shir (A Song for You)
Students explore the origins of the bond between the people and the Land of Israel. They learn the map of Israel and recognize the efforts required to rebuild and resettle a country. Through the eyes of a child, students realize that everyone participates in and contributes to the building of Israel. They learn that participation can take the form of emotional affinity, creativity and ongoing commitment. This commitment, for Grade 3 children in the Diaspora, is expressed by writing poetry about Israel and by participating in a Zimria.
The unit includes Biblical sources, poems, songs, a script for a concert We Sing for You, Moledet, and five graded supplementary readers.
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