This unit aligns to the Common Core Curriculum Maps for Unit 1 for Third Grade. As the unit is designed over a six-week period, I have designed activities over a four-week period; but it may take longer than four weeks to complete. I have used the books "The Stories Julian Tells", "More Stories Julian Tells", "Knots on a Counting Rope", "Song and Dance Man", and "Through Grandpa's Eyes" to create a create an extensive unit which also includes Science and Social Studies activities aligned to third grade standards. Since the literature chosen in this Common Core unit contain material about plants, the sun, Native Americans, and artistic expression... I have created activities about these topics that are part of the Third Grade North Carolina Science and Social Studies Essential Standards. I hope you find this unit helpful if you teach third grade... especially in North Carolina.