Synopses & Reviews
"In this revised edition, Hirsch (retired English professor and author of Cultural Literacy) presents the basic backbone of a fourth grade curriculum in language arts, history and geography, visual arts, music, math and science. The content reaches far, mixing the standard signposts of an elementary education with a new focus on understanding the world beyond American shores. In the literature section, for example, adaptations of the legend of King Arthur, Treasure Island and Rip Van Winkle are enriched by stories from around the globe. The visual arts and geography and history sections have a global accent. Students cover American and European history as well as that of Chinese dynasties, African kingdoms and the rise of Islam; in art, they examine everything from Medieval architecture to the Taj Mahal, and from Chinese silk paintings to Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware. The music section emphasizes both music-making and appreciation of masters like Mozart, Haydn and Handel, while the science and math chapters skirt the 'joyless, soul-killing drudgery' of memorization and timed drills in favor of forward-looking lessons on basic geometry, meteorology and geology. While Hirsch offers expansive guidelines for parents and teachers in each subject, he acknowledges that this is not comprehensive and should be supplemented with additional lessons and materials. Overall though, this compendium sketches a coherent and creative curriculum that students and parents will find especially engaging in this era of education reform. Color illustrations not seen by PW." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
With thirty-two pages of full-color illustrations, a bolder, easier-to-follow format, and a thoroughly updated curriculum, WHAT YOUR FOURTH GRADER NEEDS TO KNOW, REVISED EDITION, reflects the Core Knowledge Foundation's ongoing commitment to providing a solid educational foundation for today's elementary school students.
WHAT YOUR FOURTH GRADER NEEDS TO KNOW, REVISED EDITION, covers the basics of language arts, history and geography, visual arts, music, math, and science. A collection of American speeches, tales from around the world, math problems, and biographies of famous scientists add to the book's usefulness and enhance the pleasure of both adult and child as they work together. Hundreds of thousands of children have benefited from the Core Knowledge series. This revised edition gives a new generation of fourth graders the knowledge they need to make progress in school and establish an approach to learning that will last a lifetime.
This new edition covers the basics of language arts, history, geography, visual arts, music, math, and science, giving a new generation of fourth graders the knowledge they need to succeed in school and establish a healthy, lifelong approach to learning.