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What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of A Good Fourth-Grade Education [Paperback]

By E. D. Hirsch, Jr. (Editor)
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Item description for What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of A Good Fourth-Grade Education by E. D. Hirsch, Jr....

A thoroughly updated edition of the classic educational resource covers the essentials of math, language arts, science, geography, art, and technology essentials as identified by the Core Knowledge Foundation. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

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Give your child a smart start with
"What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know"
How can you help your child at home? This book answers that important question and more, offering the specific shared knowledge that thousands of parents and teachers across the nation have agreed upon for American fourth graders. Featuring sixteen pages of full-color illustrations, a bolder, easier-to-follow format, and a thoroughly updated curriculum, "What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know" is designed for parents and teachers to enjoy with children. Hundreds of thousands of students have benefited from the Core Knowledge Series. This edition, featuring a new Introduction, gives today's generation of fourth graders the advantage they need to make progress in school and establish an approach to learning that will last a lifetime. Inside you'll discover
- Favorite poems--old and new, from the familiar classic "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" to Langston Hughes's "Dream"
- Literature--from around the world, including African and Chinese folktales, excerpts from beloved novels, and condensed versions of popular classics such as "Gulliver's Travels "and "Rip Van Winkle"
- Learning about language--the basics of written English, including grammar, punctuation, parts of speech, synonyms and antonyms, plus an introduction to common English sayings and phrases
- World and American history and geography--explore world and American history, including creation of a constitutional government and early presidents and politics
- Visual arts--a broad spectrum of art from around the world, including African masks, Islamic architecture, Chinese calligraphy, and great American painters--featuring full-color reproductions
- Music--understanding and appreciating music, from the basics of musical notation to the orchestra, plus great composers and sing-along lyrics for such favorites as "Auld Lang Syne" and "Waltzing Matilda"
- Math--challenging lessons ranging from fractions and decimals to understanding graphs, making change, square roots, and the metric system
- Science--discover the wonders of the human body and its systems, learn about electricity, atoms, chemistry, geology, and meteorology, plus concise biographies of some of the great scientists of our time

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What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of A Good Fourth-Grade Education by E. D. Hirsch, Jr. has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Ingram Advance - 05/01/2005 page 65

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Delta
Pages   310
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 7.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 31, 2005
Publisher   Delta
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0385337655  
ISBN13  9780385337656  

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More About E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! E. D. Hirsch, Jr., is a professor at the University of Virginia and the author of the bestselling Cultural Literacy and The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

E. D. Hirsch currently resides in Charlottesville, in the state of Virginia.

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Reviews - What do customers think about What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of A Good Fourth-Grade Education?

very good book  Nov 2, 2006
This book is very good to my kid. It covers not only literature and math, but science, art, history, etc as well. Both my kid and I like it.
Unsatisfied  Feb 22, 2006
We purchased this and the second grade edition this year. This is my first and last experience with these books and the author. The only part of the books I found helpful was the math sections. I feel the history was a bit over their heads and the study of Greek mythology for a second grader was rediculous. In the fourth grade edition I was very dipleased to see evolution as a main source of study. We are homeschoolers and I teach not only from the three R's but from the very Word of God. No matter what your religious faith or lack thereof, I feel that placing an emphasis on one view being taught in in a broad spectrum is ludicrous. I did not know the author's stand point before purchasing the books and will not line his wallet with my money again.
Brandi Sutherland
Knoxville, Tennessee
What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know : Fundamentals of A Good Fourth-Grade Education   Sep 17, 2005
Product as advertised. Asset to this site. Great transaction.
Helpful Tool  Aug 28, 2003
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. offers lesson plans to accompany book  May 15, 2003
One reviewer stated that homeschoolers experience some difficulty making use of this series due to the lack of worksheets. Visit for details.

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