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What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of A Good Fourth-Grade Education (Core Knowledge Series) Paperback – May 31, 2005

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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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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

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Product Details

  • Series: Core Knowledge Series
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Delta; Revised edition (May 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385337655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385337656
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mom and Teacher on January 28, 2009
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Argentine Mary Fisher on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Drew on March 22, 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Newbie on September 16, 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barry Brown on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 17, 2008
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This series of books is fabulous. My husband and I even enjoy reading them. We bought three books in this series ( fourth grade, second and Kindergarten) and all of them are wonderful. The kids really enjoy reading them and they are packed full of information. Every parent should purchase these books for their kids/grandkids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann Fries on May 29, 2015
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this is a great book for anyone starting out homeschooling and not knowing where to start. I was lost on what to teach my children until i got this. everything is right there for you. I got the other cover of this book but they all still have the same. my children enjoy working through the book and made it easy for them to understand. I want to note this is based on common core but not as bad as other books that i have come across in my search for something good. I would suggest this to anyone new to homeschooling or something to give a little extra studies to your children for what they are learning in school.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 4, 2009
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I'm very pleased with this whole line of books and purchase them each year as my granddaughter enters a new year at school. That way I can plan enrichment activities that are fun for me, appropriate for her and enhancing for her school experience. Then of course, I'm already set as her little brother moves along.
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