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What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of A Good Fourth-Grade Education (Core Knowledge Series) [Kindle Edition]

E.D. Hirsch Jr
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Grade by grade, these groundbreaking and successful books provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of a good education for first to sixth graders.

B & W photographs, linecuts, and maps throughout; two-color printing.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this revised edition, Hirsch (retired English professor and author of Cultural Literacy) presents the basic backbone of a fourth grade curriculum in language arts, history and geography, visual arts, music, math and science. The content reaches far, mixing the standard signposts of an elementary education with a new focus on understanding the world beyond American shores. In the literature section, for example, adaptations of the legend of King Arthur, Treasure Island and Rip Van Winkle are enriched by stories from around the globe. The visual arts and geography and history sections have a global accent. Students cover American and European history as well as that of Chinese dynasties, African kingdoms and the rise of Islam; in art, they examine everything from Medieval architecture to the Taj Mahal, and from Chinese silk paintings to Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware. The music section emphasizes both music-making and appreciation of masters like Mozart, Haydn and Handel, while the science and math chapters skirt the "joyless, soul-killing drudgery" of memorization and timed drills in favor of forward-looking lessons on basic geometry, meteorology and geology. While Hirsch offers expansive guidelines for parents and teachers in each subject, he acknowledges that this is not comprehensive and should be supplemented with additional lessons and materials. Overall though, this compendium sketches a coherent and creative curriculum that students and parents will find especially engaging in this era of education reform. Color illustrations not seen by PW.
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“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

Product Details

  • File Size: 11688 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Delta; Revised edition (September 22, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042JSOB2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Help September 20, 2010
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I went back to school for special education after many years in a different job. These books not only helped me to do very well on the Praxis exam for elementary content knowledge, they were a big help in preparing for resource classes.

For Mothers and Others who have been away from the classroom for many years, these books are great refreshers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!!!!!! January 28, 2009
This book is great if you homeschool or want to help your child during the summer. The topics that this year covers includes: the Middle Ages, African Kingdoms, China, The American Revolution, Early Presidents and Politics, The Human Body - Circulation and Respiration, and Meteorology.

FYI: If you want to use it for homeschool, Hirsch has also 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. The handbook is not necessary, but having the teacher guide probably will save you time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic March 22, 2010
By S. Drew
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I have a special needs child that I plan to go through this book with her to help her. I wished I had it when my other children were young. It has a lot of information and so far we are enjoying reading through it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Home School Material January 2, 2014
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I wish we had found this when my children were in Kindergarten. This book in particular has a good history section, though the language section needed supplementing (I didn't have the workbook). The Core Knowledge series is fantastic, especially when you're looking for a good base for a curriculum. Be sure to use the textbook with the workbook, as both complement each other and fill out any weak or empty spots. My kids especially liked the idea of having everything in one book, including poetry and stories, art, and music, along with the math, language, and science. Overall, very comprehensive (especially when you use both books together), and encourages critical thinking and exploring. I've recommended this numerous times to other home school families, especially those just starting out. And don't forget, Core Knowledge also has a helpful website for parents and teachers, which I found very useful, as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 4th Grade Review September 16, 2011
By Newbie
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This series of books is very comprehensive regarding all subjects that should be taught in each grade. I'm learning new things, and my grandchildren are able to keep up with a higher learning standard than what they are getting in school. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book for your 4th grader July 29, 2008
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I have bought all these books through 6th grade. I love them. My kids love the stories in the literature section. I read the poetry to them and the stories. These help give them a little extra education that they don't get in school.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect January 9, 2013
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A great book for my fourth Grader! Everything from history to music, with wonderful easy to read language & some pictures too. We loved the Castle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What your 4th grader needs to know October 10, 2012
By Amanda
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It is a book the teacher at school recommended us. It is interesting and covers the things they see in the classroom. I think it is very useful for the kids.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great reference for adult who forgot how to do simply stuff.
Published 1 month ago by Amenia Critchlow
4.0 out of 5 stars Good.
Looks like a good book.
Published 1 month ago by Michael J. Titera
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Denise Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great asset for home schooling. It really helped us when developing our own curriculum.
Published 3 months ago by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 4 months ago by Asya O.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to have around
The What Your --th grader Needs to Know series is a great resource to have around! While I could never use it as a curriculum, it is a great springboard for lesson ideas and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy, we have beebn using this book series for a couple years now.
Published 5 months ago by JustKeepSwimming
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for reading to your kid
I liked this a lot. In my opinion, it was written to intimidate/motivate parents, and on that score, the math is too easy. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nebushwacker
1.0 out of 5 stars Gravely Disappointed...
I thought this would be a great supplement for my child but found it to have way to many false historical facts. Disappointed to say the least.... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Suzanne E Allan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, especially the "Revised" editions
Have heard great things about this series of books especially for home school use. My daughter's enjoying using them with her children.
Published 11 months ago by susan nielsen
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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.


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