The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 4

Notes and Lesson Plans

Norse Mythology
updated March 8, 2019


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Norse Mythology
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My Pinterest Board for Norse Mythology



MLB pages - Norse Mythology I & II
my blog post with all of the photographs of Leah's work for this block

Grade 4 Nordic Blocks
blog post - Syrendell

Suggestions for Teaching Fourth Grade Norse Myths
blog post - The Parenting Passageway
very helpful suggestions!

Marsha Johnson recommends Celtic Designs: Knots, Crosses, and Patterns for Relaxation


Main Text

We are using


I always seem to have so many books for every block but I sat down and deliberately chose just one anthology to guide us here. D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths has 30 chapters, so two blocks of four weeks each. I took a lot of time before I picked their book; their Greek Myths volume is not my favorite. But I think this collection is very well done! (Notes on other Norse Mythology collections, if you want some different options, are listed at the end of this page.)

The stories go as follows (and if I see a painting/modeling/handwork connection from one of my art books -- or a source for a class play script for a certain myth-- I've included it here in my notes):




Block I


Block II


NOTES:


These are the other books I own for this topic:

Norse Mythology and the Modern Human Being
no retellings of legends, strictly an explanation of why these are so important in Waldorf education
by Ernst Uehli, translated by Rudolf Copple

    I've just learned that this book is available for free at the Online Waldorf Library

    chapter 1: Mimir
    chapter 2: Baldur and His Death
    chapter 3: Odin and the Fenriswolf
    chapter 4: Thor and the Giants
    chapter 5: Freyr and Gerda
    chapter 6: Odin, Vidar and Michael


More Norse mythology collections available online for free at mainlesson.com:


The Norse Stories and Their Significance
27 stories, plus explanation of anthroposophical significance in the development of the child, no illustrations
by Roy Wilkinson


Iduna and the Magic Apples
beautiful picture book by Marianna Mayer, illustrated by Laszlo Gal


Odin's Family: Myths of the Vikings
collection of 15 stories and illustrations for each, best if you only have time for one 4 week Norse Mythology block
retold by Neil Philip, illustrated by MaryClare Foa


Gods and Heroes from Viking Mythology (The World Mythology Series)
the older version of this MLB I wrote was based on this anthology of 28 stories,
text by Brian Branston, illustrations by Giovanni Caselli

It is also an excellent choice if you want to do two blocks, with superior illustrations and longer more detailed retellings than D'Aulaires', which may be your preference

my older Norse Mythology I PDF

my older Norse Mythology II PDF


My Blog Posts from Teaching This Topic



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