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What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Fourth-Grade Education (Core Knowledge Series) Paperback – July 1, 1994

4.5 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
Book 6 of 8 in the Core Knowledge Series

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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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Core Knowledge Series (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Delta (July 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385312601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385312608
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The "What Your Nth Grader Needs to Know" books are a narrative of the information your child should know separated into sections such as:

World History

American History

Science

Geography

Fine Arts

Math (list of what they should know)

English (list of what they should know)

Literature (excerpts, poems, sayings, stories)

The writing is wonderful! It flows. It's interesting. It is not dummied-down! My 4th grader (an average reader) reads it out loud so I can help with vocabulary. My 6th grader reads it independently. Unlike books aimed at students, these books are good reads for adults. I finally got interested in history!

The only drawback for homeschoolers wanting to use these as texts is that there are few if any activites or review questions included. However, you can get the Redwood Games worksheets that go along with the books (free) over at [...]

For homeschoolers, one need only add a math book and the worksheets. For parents of public school kids, these books will be an eye-opener in evaluating your child's education.

Karen Crowthe
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This and the other books in this series, are such a great idea.
They give a basic structure to what your child should be learning about each year, which is particularly important if your child is likely to change school districts, or go from private to public school, or from homeschooling into a school setting. Because so many schools use the Core Knowledge guidelines, your child won't have big gaps in her education, if she has been taught a curriculum based on these guidelines.
Each book in the series cover all the basic subjects: math, science, history, geography, language arts, art and music. The sections are broken down into small pieces, and one part can be taken up each day pretty easily.
Additional references are included for every subject, so your child can more fully explore the areas that interest him.
The language arts section includees excerpts from some great adventure classics, like "Treasure Island" and "Robinson Crusoe." It also covers poetry, grammar, and common sayings and phrases. The grammar is not in itself adequate, and I would recommend that homeschoolers use additional materials for grammar.
World Civilization covers the Middle Ages. European history is extensive, but this also includes a very nice look at Asia during this period of time. This is much more extensive than what I was taught of the Middle Ages during my entire elementary education. The geography section corresponds with this study, but also looks at all parts of the world.
American Civilization pretty much covers the period from the signing of the Constitution through the 1840's (Manifest Destiny and the Mexican War).
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We bought this to use with our daughter who just started fourth grade. We used the third grade version this summer and were pleased enough with it to give this one a try. As with the other, the history portions were well written and easy for her to understand. The choices for poetry and literature are just unusual enough for her to be interested in. If I were homeschooling, I wouldn't rely on this alone, but it does make a very helpful and handy tool for suplimenting a public school education.
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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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One reviewer stated that homeschoolers experience some difficulty making use of this series due to the lack of worksheets. Visit coreknowledge.org for details.
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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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We use these books to supplement our homeschooling. Our kids enjoy them and they're always helpful to us in our lessons. I will say that the math section is the least helpful; it really just glosses over some of the main ideas. But overall, we find these to be worthwhile.
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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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