What Your Third Grader Needs to Know

What Your Third Grader Needs to Know

by E. D. Hirsch Jr.
Publisher: Bantam Books
3rd Edition, ©2015, ISBN: 9780553394665
Trade Paperback, 489 pages
Price: $24.00

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 16 pages of full-color illustrations, a bolder, easier-to-follow format, and a thoroughly updated curriculum, What Your Third Grader Needs to Know, Revised Edition, is designed for parents and teachers to enjoy with children. Hundreds of thousands of children have benefited from The Core Knowledge Series. This revised edition gives a new generation of third graders the advantage they need to make progress in school today, and to establish an approach to learning that will last a lifetime.


  • Favorite Poems—from the traditional Mother Goose rhyme "For Want of Nail" to Lewis Carroll's whimsical poem "The Crocodile"
  • Literature—from around the world, 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 basics 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, pollution, and the environment—with accompanying activities and stories about famous scientists such as Copernicus and Alexander Graham Bell


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