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What Your 5th Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Fifth-Grade Education (Core Knowledge Series) Paperback – July 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0385314640 ISBN-10: 0385314647 Edition: First 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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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 5)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Delta; First Printing edition (July 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385314647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385314640
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,781 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.

Customer Reviews

I wish all 5th graders could be exposed to the material in this book.
jv
The index includes five citations for the Bible, but not a single citation for evolution.
Helena Chang
I would recommend this book, not only for parents, but for teachers as well.
Kimberly Smith

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Jane James on February 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
Not intended for use by itself, this book is a valuable addition to any 5th grade curriculum. It is best when used with the other books in the series, as certain portions of it - especially history - are intended to follow the earlier books in the series, and be followed by the 6th grade book.
Language arts include stories and speeches (including exceprts from "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey", Lincoln's Gettysburg Acddress and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"), poetry (including "Battle Hymn of the Republic", "Ballad of John Henry"), some basic grammar, discussion of literature (such as alliteration, use of imagery and symbols) and the meanings of various common sayings.
Geography and World Civilization cover latitude and longitude, and the formation of lakes, with emphasis on the Great Lakes. World Civilization covers the Incas, Aztecs and Mayas, the European exploration of the Americas, the colonies, the Renaissance in Europe, Feudal Japan, Russia from Ivan the Great through Catherine the Great, The Enlightenment and the French Revolution. There is a good look at the philosophical influence of Descartes and other Enlightenment thinkers on the founding of the United States.
American Civilization covers the period of time from the Missouri Compromise through the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Impeachment of President Johnson (with a discussion of the government's form that permits this sort of thing), the "Wild West" and Transcontinental Railroad, Treatment of Native Americans, the Cuban War and Yellow Journalism, culminating in how the U.S. became a world power.
This section is full of pictures, and I really like the scope of topics discussed here.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Smith on March 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
I used this book to help study for the MSAT (Calif. teacher's test). This book, along with "What Your 6th Grader Needs To Know" taught me, in bare-bones terms, the necessary points of each subject. The Literature/Language Arts section is worth the price of the book in itself, because it gave a synopsis of some of the greats of literature (most of which I was never required to read as a youngster). That said, I passed the MSAT and am now going on to be an elementary teacher. I would recommend this book, not only for parents, but for teachers as well.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 2000
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As a homeschooling mom, I am looking for guidelines to help my daughter advance from the typical public school curriculum. This book covered all areas and then some. I love the extra attention on literature and poetry that usually isn't covered in schools. It is a great addition to any school work, and helps guide parents very well.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rachel McHenry (prmchenry@juno.com on July 10, 1998
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This was a very good book. My parents think I don't learn enough in a public school even though I am in a Gifted and Talented class. So during the summer I am given assigned readings to finish every day. This way I am either caught up or ahead of my class by the begining of the year. These books have Literature, Geography, World Civilization, and more. They are written at different levels for different grades and are very interesting. I recommend these books for concerned parents and interested kids, like me.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 1999
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My son will be in fifth grade next year. I am a teacher who will be teaching fifth grade next year, after being a primary teacher for the past 6 years. I felt I needed an enjoyable book to read with my own future fifth grader. We both enjoy reading from the book together. Parents and teachers alike will find themselves more in tune with what children are to be learning in fifth grade.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chris Borey on August 8, 2004
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I never took the CSET test, but I plan to take it next January. This book contains everything you can imagine. It first off with a very good display of stories such as King Author. The history part was the best. It contain great information about the mayas and the incas. Also Europeon history is the best since it going into Henry II and his idea of Trial and Jury, and also King John (the only english king with the name John)with his famous document Magna carta. The math and science is good, but could be better. I just wish they go deeper into detail. It would be better if you can purchasse a textbook over these topics. Overall a vbery good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lanajie20 on March 29, 2011
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I was very impressed with this product. I got it in a timely manner and have really enjoyed going through the book and reading it. I would definitely recommend it to any teacher or future teacher. My education advisor recommended it as a way to study for the Praxis exam and it has really helped.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By InfiniteDreams@carolina.net Jennifer Neal on December 14, 1998
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This book has everything you can possibly imagine for the 3rd Grade student. It is especially a must for the home school parent. I no longer wonder if my children are learning what they should, I know as long as I use this and the other series of Core Knowledge books, they are getting the education they should. Also, read the "What your ________Needs To Know: Fundamentals of a Good _____ Grade Education" for grades Kindergarten through 6th grade, all E.J. Hirsch, Jr. books.
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