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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 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 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 “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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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 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 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 “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

30 review for What Your Third Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Third-Grade Education

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie Suzanne

    The author's organization has decided what all kids should know in particular grade levels. The book is written for parents, but also serves as a textbook for the third-grade child. You will find that most of this, your child is NOT getting in public school. This may inspire you to supplement your child's public-school curriculum, or to complain that your child isn't learning the "right" things in school. The concept of a universal core curriculum that is followed and is consistent over the year The author's organization has decided what all kids should know in particular grade levels. The book is written for parents, but also serves as a textbook for the third-grade child. You will find that most of this, your child is NOT getting in public school. This may inspire you to supplement your child's public-school curriculum, or to complain that your child isn't learning the "right" things in school. The concept of a universal core curriculum that is followed and is consistent over the years is one I understand and see the need for (as I can never assume that my own students know ANYTHING, since they all come from different teachers and different schools), but I think it's ridiculous at the same time. I'm in conflict as to what I believe about this. If I child is committed to surviving the entire gamut of public education, then it makes sense that teachers work together vertically through the grade levels. However, for one committee or organization to decide what the essential body of knowledge or exposure should be also seems wrong, in a way. Universal standards make sense (what we do have, but is varied by state), but they are vague and skills-based; the teacher has the liberty to decide what texts or experiences to use to help the child develop those skills. This book focuses a little less on skills than on knowledge and exposure to certain "timeless" works of art & literature. For example, there are poems, songs, and short stories included that "every third-grader" should know about or have read. Ironically, I hadn't read several of them, and I'm an English major and feel pretty educated! So who really is to say that those texts are more important than the texts your 3rd-grade teacher has selected? When will this core curriculum be reviewed to include more modern works of art, music, and literature? However, it certainly would be nice if a 7th grade teacher could know for certain that every child in her class has read Alice in Wonderland at one time so that she could use it in an example to teach something new. The history, math, science & geography section caused me some alarm, as I could identify exactly what my child has not learned (there was no Roman history unit in my son's 3rd-grade class), but I could name several things that my son DID learn that was not included in this book (the many months studying government & culture, for example). I know for a fact that Roman history will be part of the public school curriculum eventually, so why stress about it now? Therefore, I rate this book as "ok" because I can see the value in it, especially if your child is not learning much of anything in his or her classroom and you want to do something about it at home, but I would not treat it as gospel, and I'm not going to worry about whether or not he is up to par with this book because most kids won't have been exposed to this knowledge either. I am going to use it as a textbook for the summer, but I'm not going to test him!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    I really like this book for the inclusiveness. I like to pick it up and go with whatever is on the page. Then when we're playing "What do you know?" (a quiz game about the things we've studied), I can pick it up and flip through. I really like this book for the inclusiveness. I like to pick it up and go with whatever is on the page. Then when we're playing "What do you know?" (a quiz game about the things we've studied), I can pick it up and flip through.

  3. 4 out of 5

    A Joyce

    Great ideas for homeschooling a 3rd grader

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gianna

    every year I choose supplemental books/textbooks/pamphlets/websites...and this particular format helped my son immensely...he went from a b average to a strong a and his confidence has grown immensely. I monitored his homework and supplemented it with work from this book and others and he grew strong. Even though our school district is using very innovative techniques...there was room for my old fashion teaching techniques and we both learned at the dining room table. He learned that I can be mi every year I choose supplemental books/textbooks/pamphlets/websites...and this particular format helped my son immensely...he went from a b average to a strong a and his confidence has grown immensely. I monitored his homework and supplemented it with work from this book and others and he grew strong. Even though our school district is using very innovative techniques...there was room for my old fashion teaching techniques and we both learned at the dining room table. He learned that I can be mistaken yet right and he learned to do things right from all different paths...brilliant!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kidsbookworm

    I think this set of books, for grades Preschool through 6th grade, is fabulous. Even if you are sending your child to a wonderful private school, this book is worth reading. The poetry, literature, idioms, art, and music sections alone are worth reading to your children. I have loved every book that E.D. Hirsch has been associated with, and I am so thankful that he is committed to improving the education and cultural literacy of this country.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Olson

    I LOVE this series of books! I use them for our summer "school" sessions at home. They are great preparation for the school year ahead. I recommend them whenever I can, and I'm willing to loan them. :) I LOVE this series of books! I use them for our summer "school" sessions at home. They are great preparation for the school year ahead. I recommend them whenever I can, and I'm willing to loan them. :)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maren

    I'm liking the Core Knowledge Concept. This book is a treasure with great suggestions for a well-rounded education. It would be great for homeschoolers (which I am not), but is just fun as a parent to introduce art and music and history that they're not getting in school. I'm liking the Core Knowledge Concept. This book is a treasure with great suggestions for a well-rounded education. It would be great for homeschoolers (which I am not), but is just fun as a parent to introduce art and music and history that they're not getting in school.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Treva

    This series is a must have for any parent. I had no idea my child's private school education was so lacking until we started homeschooling during a international move. I will continue to supplement her education with this series. This series is a must have for any parent. I had no idea my child's private school education was so lacking until we started homeschooling during a international move. I will continue to supplement her education with this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I am using this this year to help buid curriclum. I think it has a lot of good information and made a lot of good points about the educational system as well.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Esther May

    I really enjoy these core knowledge books. They are a fun fast reference to see if your children are learning what they should be learning.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Iamabibliophile

    I like some of the information in this book but some of it is beyond ridiculous. My child did NOT learn multiplication tables in 2nd grade. I'll use about 1/8 of this book. I like some of the information in this book but some of it is beyond ridiculous. My child did NOT learn multiplication tables in 2nd grade. I'll use about 1/8 of this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Barkshire Woods

    Nice supplement for parents of third graders.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenette

    Wouldn't reccommend this book for a gifted homeschooling curriculum guide. My second grader is already way beyond the concepts of this book. Wouldn't reccommend this book for a gifted homeschooling curriculum guide. My second grader is already way beyond the concepts of this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura

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    Katie

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    Corbin

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    J

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