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What Your Third Grader Needs to Know (Revised Edition): Fundamentals of a Good Third-Grade Education [Paperback]

By E. D. Hirsch, Jr. (Editor)
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Presents the opinions of educators on what every third-grade child should know, offering information on such subjects as history, fine arts, geography, math, science, and technology.

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Give your child a smart start with
"What Your Third Grader Needs to Know"
What should your child learn in the third grade? How can you help him or her at home? This book answers these important questions and more, offering the specific shared knowledge that thousands of parents and teachers across the nation have agreed upon for American third graders. Featuring sixteen pages of full-color illustrations, a bolder, easier-to-follow format, and a thoroughly updated curriculum, "What Your Third Grader Needs to Know" is designed for parents and teachers to enjoy with children. Hundreds of thousands of children have benefited from the Core Knowledge Series. This edition, featuring a new Introduction, gives today's generation of third graders the advantage they need to make progress in school and to establish an approach to learning that will last a lifetime. In this book you'll discover
- Favorite poems--old and new, from the traditional Mother Goose rhyme "For Want of Nail" to Lewis Carroll's whimsical poem "The Crocodile"
- Literature--including Native American stories, African folktales, European fairy tales, classic myths from ancient Greece, stories from ancient Rome, and more
- Learning about language--the basics of written English, including sentence structure, parts of speech, and a first look at writing a report or letter
- World and American history and geography--journey down the great rivers of Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, visit ancient Rome, and experience the earliest days of America with the Pilgrims and Native Americans
- Visual arts--an introduction to masterworks by Rembrandt, Henri Matisse, Mary Cassatt, and others, with full-color reproductions and fun, do-it-yourself activities
- Music--the fundamentals of appreciating, reading, and making music, plus great composers, instruments, and sing-along lyrics for songs such as "A Bicycle Built for Two" and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"
- Math--stimulating lessons ranging from counting money to solving division problems, numbers through 100,000, graphs, and the metric system
- Science--fascinating discussions on the natural world, the cycles of life, the human body and its systems, and the environment, with accompanying activities and stories about famous scientists such as Copernicus and Alexander Graham Bell

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Delta
Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 7.42" Height: 0.92"
Weight:   2.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 28, 2002
Publisher   Delta
Grade Level  Grade 3  
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0385336268  
ISBN13  9780385336260  

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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 Third Grader Needs to Know (Revised Edition): Fundamentals of a Good Third-Grade Education?

a great book  Dec 14, 2008
I was lucky to have this book when I was confused what my daughter need to know when she was in 3rd Grade. I learned a lot from it and helped Emma to improve her study. Sometimes, especially in summer, I teach her at home according to this book. I asked her to do some exercise in Beestar and other online practice, and she really love them.
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.
a book of enrichment  Oct 26, 2006
This is an excellent book. I read many chapters for my son before bed. We both like them very much. They broaden his knowledge and enrich his mind like nothing else. My son's school does not provide this much content. We would have missed significant literature, history, and geography without it. The authors have done an important and nice job!

I do see the math section is too easy for 3rd graders nowadays. We use BeeStar online math instead. Its free weekly exercises are about right and very helpful. Overall, this is an outstanding book loaded with fine content. I highly recommend it.
A wonderful book  Jul 19, 2006
This book is great if you homeschool or want to help your child during the summer. If you want to use it for homeschool, Hirsch has 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.
Great book!  Dec 16, 2005
I am a homeschooling parent of a 10 year old and this book has helped me narrow my teaching down to include some important things ( even some I was missing!) Every 3rd grade teacher should at least look at this book. All kids should be learning the same things regardless of school or home state. Half of the things in this book were never even mentioned in my child's previous school's curriculum plan. A great guidebook to make sure you are including important subjects in your child's learning plan.
Core Knowledge Books a great bulding block for all students.  Oct 4, 2005
I loved the core knowledge curriculum. The reason I switched my children to a charter school is that they started out teaching CK. I also switched them back to the public school when the principal got away from CK and made it just like a public school.

I agree that a teacher should supplement what is in the CK books to give their students a better understanding of the material. Teaching the information exactly how it is presented in the books would be very dry.

However CK is a great outline of what should be taught. It covers a tremendous amount of knowledge including the fight for civil rights, all religious ideology, multicultural literature and more. If there is a problem with the books, it is that many children would not be motivated to learn the wide variety of topics covered. For many it would be too much. Also weak teachers would be overwhelmed trying to cover everything.

Hence, anyone claiming that CK supports a racist philosophy has never read the books. Also I want to point out that the reviewer who called the books racist misspelled the word. It is not spelled rasist. I also find it disturbing that the reviewer is supposedly a teacher. When attending school, maybe that teacher would have benefited from a core knowledge foundation.

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