What Your First Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good First-Grade Education

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Help your child exceed the Common Core standards with What Your First Grader Needs to Know
 
What will your child be expected to learn in the first grade? How can you help him or her at home? How can teachers foster active, successful learning in the classroom? This book answers these all-important questions and more, offering the specific shared knowledge that hundreds of parents and teachers across the nation have agreed upon for American first graders. Filled with opportunities for reading aloud and fostering discussion, this first-grade volume of the acclaimed Core Knowledge Series presents the sort of knowledge and skills that should be at the core of a challenging first-grade education. Inside you’ll discover
 
Favorite poems—old and new, such as “The Owl and the Pussycat,” “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” and “Thirty Days Hath September”
Beloved stories—from many times and lands, including a selection of Aesop’s fables, “Hansel and Gretel,” “All Stories Are Anansi’s,” “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” and much more
Familiar sayings and phrases—such as “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and “Practice makes perfect”
World and American history and geography—take a trip down the Nile with King Tut and learn about the early days of our country, including the story of Jamestown, the Pilgrims, and the American Revolution
Visual arts—fun activities plus reproductions of masterworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Georgia O’Keeffe, and others
Music—engaging introductions to great composers and music, including classical music, opera, and jazz, as well as a selection of favorite children’s songs
Math—a variety of activities to help your child learn to count, add and subtract, solve problems, recognize geometrical shapes and patterns, and learn about telling time
Science—interesting discussions of living things and their habitats, the human body, the states of matter,  electricity, our solar system, and what’s inside the earth, plus stories of famous scientists such as Thomas Edison and Rachel Carson

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from What Your Second Grader Needs to Know.
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About the author

E. D. Hirsch, Jr., is an emeritus professor at the University of Virginia and the author of The Knowledge Deficit, The Schools We Need, and the bestselling Cultural Literacy and the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. He and his wife, Polly, live in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they raised their three children.
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Publisher
Delta
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Published on
Jul 29, 2009
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Pages
368
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ISBN
9780307568489
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / Early Childhood (incl. Preschool & Kindergarten)
Education / Home Schooling
Education / Parent Participation
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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Give your child a smart start with the revised and updated
What Your Second Grader Needs to Know
 
What will your child be expected to learn in the second grade? How can you help him or her at home? This book answers these all-important questions and more, offering the specific shared knowledge that hundreds of parents and teachers across the nation have agreed upon for American second graders. Designed for parents and teachers to enjoy with children, featuring a new Introduction, this second-grade volume of the Core Knowledge Series presents the knowledge and skills that should be at the core of a challenging second-grade education, including
 
• Favorite poems—old and new, from “Caterpillars” to Gwendolyn Brooks’s prizewinning “Rudolph Is Tired of the City”
• Literature—from around the world, with African folktales, American tall tales, European fairy tales, and classic myths from ancient Greece
• Learning about language—the basic building blocks of written English, all explained with a touch of humor and common sense
• World and American history and geography—visit Japan, explore ancient Greece, travel the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman
• Visual arts—with activities and illustrations of masterworks by El Greco, Van Gogh, Matisse, and others
• Music—basic theory, great composers, instruments, and fun-to-sing songs such as “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” and “Do-Re-Mi”
• Math—challenging lessons ranging from telling time to doing fractions, numbers to 100, and a first look at geometry
• Science—the cycle of life and the seasons, levers and magnets, the wonder of the human body, and more, with lots of hands-on activities and stories about famous scientists
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 illustrations throughout, 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 “Paul Revere’s Ride” to Langston Hughes’s “Dreams”
• 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 gorgeous 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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