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What Your Third Grader Needs to Know (Revised Edition): Fundamentals of a Good Third-Grade Education (Core Knowledge Series) Paperback – May 28, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Core Knowledge Series
  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Delta; Revised edition (May 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385336268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385336260
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the Core Knowledge Series:

“A new vision for the education of America is being tested in Florida; and it works.”
--Life magazine

“The Core Knowledge curriculum gave all students in our school, regardless of their background, an equal opportunity to excel; and they did! The excitement of learning could be felt in every classroom.”
--Constance Jones, Principal, Three Oaks Elementary School, Fort Myers, Florida

“E. D. Hirsch’s Core Knowledge has changed the lives of our children and teachers forever. After searching for more than twenty years, I have found a new and imaginative educational program with an incredible impact. Core Knowledge is not only exciting, but relevant to our children’s needs.”
--Jeff Litt, Principal, The Mohegan School, Bronx, New York --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Give your child a smart start with the revised and updated What Your Third Grader Needs to Know

What should your child learn in the third grade? How can you help him or her at home? This book answers these important questions and more, offering the specific shared knowledge that thousands of parents and teachers across the nation have agreed upon for American third graders. Featuring 16 pages of full-color illustrations, a bolder, easier-to-follow format, and a thoroughly updated curriculum, What Your Third Grader Needs to Know, Revised Edition is designed for parents and teachers to enjoy with children.

Hundreds of thousands of children have benefited from the Core Knowledge Series. This revised edition gives a new generation of third graders the advantage they need to make progress in school today, and to establish an approach to learning that will last a lifetime.

Discover:

• Favorite Poems, old and new, from the traditional Mother Goose rhyme "For Want of Nail" to Lewis Carroll's whimsical poem "The Crocodile"

• Literature from around the world, including Native American stories, African folktales, European fairy tales, classic myths from ancient Greece, stories from ancient Rome, and more

• Learning About Language--the basics of written English, including sentence structure, parts of speech, and a first look at writing a report or letter

• World and American History and Geography--journey down the great rivers of Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, visit ancient Rome, and experience the earliest days of America with the Pilgrims and Native Americans

• Visual Arts--an introduction to masterworks by Rembrandt, Henri Matisse, Mary Cassatt, and others, with full-color reproductions and fun, do-it-yourself activities

• Music--the basics of appreciating, reading, and making music, plus great composers, instruments, and sing-along lyrics for songs such as "A Bicycle Built for Two" and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"

• Math--stimulating lessons ranging from counting money to solving division problems, numbers through 100,000, graphs, and the metric system

• Science--fascinating discussions on the natural world, the cycles of life, the human body and its systems, pollution, and the environment---with accompanying activities and stories about famous scientists such as Copernicus and Alexander Graham Bell.


More About the Author

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. is the founder of the Core Knowledge Foundation and professor emeritus of education and humanities at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several acclaimed books on education issues including the best-seller Cultural Literacy. With his subsequent books The Schools We Need and Why We Don't Have Them, The Knowledge Deficit, and The Making of Americans, Dr. Hirsch solidified his reputation as one of the most influential education reformers of our time.

Customer Reviews

I love this series of books and recommend them to all parents.
TeacherMama
As with all of the books in this series, this one covers everything a third grader does need to know.
Shelley L. Booth
This is a good book, the copy I recieved was marked in but still usable.
Tanya N. Taylor

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mom and Teacher on July 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is great if you homeschool or want to help your child during the summer. If you want to use it for homeschool, Hirsch has made a teacher handbook. The Teacher Handbooks provide background about language arts, history and geography, visual arts, music, mathematics, and science. Each handbook has been written to look like the Core Knowledge Sequence. For each section in the Sequence, there is a matching section in the handbooks.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
For our two children, we have been using Core Knowledge Curriculum Textbooks. They are great a supplement to the learning they get at their school.
We like the systematic curriculum presented in Core Knowledge books. However, these books do not contain question sets to test the learning of the students. Fortunately, we found the following website that provides worksheets based on Core Knowledge curriculum:
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Please share if you know of any other resources related to Core Knowledge books. Thank you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Luvbnmomof4 on December 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book contains such a comprehensive overview that it is invaluable as resource for parents of public schooled children.

If you are not sure about what your children should be learning, buy this book. No book contains every aspect of education and it doesn't address how to tailor to individual learning styles or needs but it is very well rounded. My daughter uses it as pleasure reading at bedtime. Also, as a parent, you will be surprised what you've forgotten in a few areas. Highly recommend as a teaching at home resource.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By glassbreaker on December 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am a homeschooling parent of a 10 year old and this book has helped me narrow my teaching down to include some important things ( even some I was missing!) Every 3rd grade teacher should at least look at this book. All kids should be learning the same things regardless of school or home state. Half of the things in this book were never even mentioned in my child's previous school's curriculum plan. A great guidebook to make sure you are including important subjects in your child's learning plan.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Moore on October 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book. I read many chapters for my son before bed. We both like them very much. They broaden his knowledge and enrich his mind like nothing else. My son's school does not provide this much content. We would have missed significant literature, history, and geography without it. The authors have done an important and nice job!

I do see the math section is too easy for 3rd graders nowadays. We use BeeStar online math instead. Its free weekly exercises are about right and very helpful. Overall, this is an outstanding book loaded with fine content. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Celtic Engineer on July 3, 2003
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I find this series very useful for reviewing with my children - to ensure that my son "got it" for material taught in class, and to cover aspects that teachers were less interested in (like simple machines). It isn't glitzy, but it lets me know what my kids ought to know and helps with the level of detail they can handle. I can augment with glossy picture-books, testing material out with hands-on work at home, ad lib. This provides the framework. (Wish there was a pre-school book for my 3-year old!)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RC on October 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
I loved the core knowledge curriculum. The reason I switched my children to a charter school is that they started out teaching CK. I also switched them back to the public school when the principal got away from CK and made it just like a public school.

I agree that a teacher should supplement what is in the CK books to give their students a better understanding of the material. Teaching the information exactly how it is presented in the books would be very dry.

However CK is a great outline of what should be taught. It covers a tremendous amount of knowledge including the fight for civil rights, all religious ideology, multicultural literature and more. If there is a problem with the books, it is that many children would not be motivated to learn the wide variety of topics covered. For many it would be too much. Also weak teachers would be overwhelmed trying to cover everything.

Hence, anyone claiming that CK supports a racist philosophy has never read the books. Also I want to point out that the reviewer who called the books racist misspelled the word. It is not spelled rasist. I also find it disturbing that the reviewer is supposedly a teacher. When attending school, maybe that teacher would have benefited from a core knowledge foundation.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
Core Knowledge is tried and true! I left public schools and headed to a private school, lower pay, so that I could get away from all the over-the-top P.C. and multiculture (lessons in self-loathing) brainwashing and teach kids factual knowledge which is very much needed. Every school in the U.S. should be a C.K. school. Get the series and DO supplement. While you're at it, don't forget the phonics instruction: "Alpha Phonics" by Sam Blumenfeld is excellent. I use this phonics primer along with C.K. books in the classroom.
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