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What Your Fifth Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Fifth-Grade Education (Core Knowledge Series) Paperback


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Delta; Revised edition (June 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385337310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385337311
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,940 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

“I wanted to take a moment and thank you for the knowledge I am able to give my children through your series. They absorb the information like sponges and can’t get enough of it. It is clear to me that children have the capability to learn so much more than is expected of them in most schools!”
—A parent, Florida

“Core Knowledge has increased the enthusiasm and commitment of our teachers, and our rising standardized test scores show that the program is effective.”
—Gina M. McKinnon, PDC K-6,
Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, Malden, Massachusetts

“We credit Core Knowledge for the improved achievement levels of our socioeconomically disadvantaged students.”
—Joan Jamieson, Principal, Santa Barbara Community Academy,
Santa Barbara, California

About the Author

E. D. HIRSCH, JR., is professor emeritus at the University of Virginia and the author of The Schools We Need, The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, and the bestselling Cultural Literacy. He is chairman of the board at the Core Knowledge Foundation and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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

We homeschool and these books have helped a lot!
Chocolate
I found this book to be very informative not only for young students, but also as a refresher for adults.
Kit Cann
We have from Kindergarten to the 5th grade books and love all of them!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Susan K. Schoonover VINE VOICE on April 30, 2008
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I'm a big proponent of Core Knowledge schools since an organized curriculum that sequentially goes from grade to grade is sorely lacking in many public schools today. Too many elementary classrooms are guided simply by what a given teacher is interested in and there is often no consistency even within grade levels in a single school. Core Knowledge maps out a curriculum of what students should be taught during each elementary grade so they have the skills and knowledge educated people commonly possess. The What Your____________ Grader Needs To Know book series by E.D. Hirsch Jr. is the general outline for what is taught in each grade in Core Knowledge. The fifth grade book is very readable for a student of that age but also interesting enough for the parent to be genuinely engaged with the material. Poems and other samples from literature are included along with the math, science, social studies, art and language sections. This can be a useful supplemental book to a child following any curriculum but every parent whose child is in a core knowledge school will want to have access to this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Jenkins on May 20, 2009
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I ordered this product on a suggestion from a friend. To say the least I am very happy that I did. Great resource for homeschooling parents or just to supplement public education.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By my2cents on April 14, 2009
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Our child is going into the 6th grade (we have the 6th grade book as well.)I always hear: "I already learned that in 5th grade..." BUT we play a game of "knowitall" by gleening questions from the 5th grade book. We have a fun time around the table learning that we don't "knowitall" from 5th grade. It shows learning is ongoing. Great books!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. F. Juzwik on December 11, 2010
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I homeschool both my grandchildren and have every book in this series from first grade through fifth. The books all meet the state's educational guidelines and requirements, and supplementing them with several course-specific workbooks (i.e., specialized math, handwriting, etc.), provides an interesting and comprehensive experience. I recommend all of these very highly.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Taylor on February 27, 2008
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I learned about this book from the reference list in Beestar Social Studies program ([...] Due to the vast differences among schools and teachers in teaching Social Studies, students often received a rather unbalanced treatment of the subject. This book comes as a rescue of the situation. It tells you clearly what your child should know as a fifth grader. My child picked up several important chapters from this book that somehow were never taught by his teacher. And yes the knowledge has been very useful in state tests. I'm very glad that we had this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mystuff on July 22, 2011
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If you homeschool your children (and even if you don't!) this book and the rest of the series are invaluable. I would not use it as a complete curriculum but it does give a terrific spine of learning for each year.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Quality review on December 27, 2008
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I've purchased our very first "What your Kindergartner needs to know" before our firstborn was five. Ever since then we had a copy for each grade of our three children. Nowadays, with limited communications, international schools not using enough books, I would feel very much left out if I didn't have my trusted copy. Parents, please be aware that you may have to supplement at home. Don't entrust your children completely to the school but be involved. It's easy enough to read the pages to the children or have the older ones read it for themselves (with guidance and feedback). A must have for every child's home!
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I found this book to be very informative not only for young students, but also as a refresher for adults. As a future instructor, I find this book helpful not only for information, but also for "short and interesting" presentational information. It is short and to the point. I recommend the series (all grades) to everyone involved with students regardless of age. I have obtained four of the series for the age groups that I am working with currently.
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