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Give your child a smart start with the revised and updated
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

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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Language and Literature

Reading, Writing, and Your Third Grader

The best way to nurture your child’s reading and writing abilities is to provide rich literary experiences and find frequent and varied opportunities to work and play with language.

By the end of second grade, children have developed a reading vocabulary of familiar words and can decode the letter-sound patterns of many unfamiliar one- and two-syllable words. During third grade, as they increase their knowledge about words (including the concepts of syllables, prefixes, and suffixes), they put that knowledge to work, decoding unfamiliar multisyllabic words. If a child has not mastered the skill of decoding simple words, that practice should continue.

By third grade, the mental process of turning letters into sounds should be nearly automatic. This year, children focus more on meaning as they read. Their reading vocabulary expands tremendously, as does their ability to read longer and more complex literature. They read for information and begin to use nonfiction reference books like children’s dictionaries and encyclopedias. They learn the distinction between fiction and nonfiction, and they read and enjoy longer and more complicated “chapter books.”

In third grade, children continue to learn about language as they write it: identifying parts of speech, properly using punctuation, and recognizing sentence types. They begin to shape their own writing, understanding how paragraphs relate in a larger whole and exerting more control over vocabulary and structure.

Parents can do many things to help their children reach these new levels of understanding language:

•Read aloud to your child. While third graders are beginning to read on their own, they also still enjoy listening. Continue reading aloud, both fiction and nonfiction, even as your child becomes an independent reader.

•Have your child read aloud to you. Build your child’s ability to read independently by encouraging her to read poems and stories aloud. Encourage your child to change the inflection in her voice to mimic natural speaking patterns in dialogue or to emphasize a character’s emotions. 

•Visit the library with your child. Not only will visiting the library open up your child to a variety of books about different cultures and subjects, but it will also teach your child responsibility. Your child will learn to treat books with care and return them on time. 

•Encourage your child to write letters or keep a journal. Get your child excited about writing by challenging him to write letters to characters he has read about. After reading about Alice’s adventures, he might write a letter to Caterpillar about Caterpillar’s first impressions of Alice. Encourage your child to sound out words as he writes.

•Play word games with your child. Scrabble, Hangman, Boggle, and other popular games that involve spelling, word recognition, and vocabulary development combine fun with language facility.

•Find language wherever you go. Use road signs, advertising, magazines—the written word all around you—to keep your child thinking and talking about language.

•Support your child’s interests through reading. When your child shows an interest in something special—insects or baseball, Davy Crockett or ballet—go together to the library to find more to read on that subject or download e-books about those topics with your child and read the stories together.

The more a child reads and writes, the more fluent in language that child becomes. By using these strategies, you communicate the enjoyment of reading and writing and help build the foundation for learning that will last a lifetime. 

Suggested Resources

The American Heritage First Dictionary (Houghton Mifflin). Simple words, clear definitions, and ample visuals provide a helpful introduction to how a dictionary works.

E. D. Hirsch, Jr., A First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy (Houghton Mifflin). Some entries may be difficult for a third grader, but this book can serve as a single-volume encyclopedia of American culture.

Macmillan Dictionary for Children (Simon & Schuster). This dictionary offers 35,000 expanded entries with easy-to-read pronunciations, synonym lists, and color illustrations.

The World Book Student Discovery Encyclopedia (World Book Inc.). This multivolume reference is structured like a standard encyclopedia but designed and written so third graders can look things up and read entries easily.

Amplify Education is the source for purchase of the Core Knowledge Language Arts program.

The Core Knowledge Language Arts program for grade 3 is available for free download from www.coreknowledge.org/ckia-files. These materials are designed to teach basic phonics, spelling, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, grammar, and composition skills. Visit http://eps.school​specialty​.com.

Literature

Introduction

This selection of poetry, stories, and myths can be read aloud or, in many cases, read independently by third graders. We hope you’ll take it as a starting point in your search for more literature for your child to read and enjoy.

We have included both traditional and modern poetry. Poems can be silly, written for the sheer enjoyment of rhythm and rhyme, or they can be serious. Rhythm and rhyme make poetry the perfect literature for a third grader to memorize.

The stories selected here include classic folktales from many cultures and excerpts from great works of children’s literature. Some of them have been chosen as literary links to topics elsewhere in the book. In the case of book-length works, we can provide only short excerpts, hoping that you and your child will read the rest on your own.

This book continues the effort, begun in previous books, to share the wealth of classical mythology. Because third graders learn about ancient Rome, several myths were chosen to convey a sense of Roman history. Likewise, we offer some Norse mythology. Parents can coordinate readings about literature and history. Age-old myths also give parents the opportunity to discuss traditional virtues such as friendship, courage, and honesty.

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Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2017
I became familiar with this series because the charter school our daughter had been at used to recommend them for parents to have to be able to go over sections with our kiddos if they missed school, etc. So I had the books from some of the previous grades, but I noticed I... See more
I became familiar with this series because the charter school our daughter had been at used to recommend them for parents to have to be able to go over sections with our kiddos if they missed school, etc. So I had the books from some of the previous grades, but I noticed I hadn''t really been using them that much so I had decided to stop buying them.

Then I became an accidental homeschooler, totally thrown into it in a manner I did not expect and had to hit the ground running fast a couple of months into her school year. I used different curriculums from different companies for the subjects, because I wanted to pick and choose what I felt best met her needs in each area. And I bought this to make sure I could fill in the gaps and reinforce certain key topics. So I used this for supplemental reading for her, and I myself read through the pages. I think it does a great job of touching the bases of the topics needed to be covered for that year, and I imagine that something like this could be used as a base on which you could build your overall teaching efforts off of. I don''t think this alone is completely enough to account for an entire year worth of education or activities, but it can definitely help fill in a lot of pieces if you''re not sure what to cover on your own if you need it to.
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Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2021
This has everything you need to know and then some written out so that you can come up with your own lesson plans basically. No worksheets, no fluff, just the nitty gritty. Everything is written as if you are just reading the book to your kids. It would be your... See more
This has everything you need to know and then some written out so that you can come up with your own lesson plans basically. No worksheets, no fluff, just the nitty gritty. Everything is written as if you are just reading the book to your kids. It would be your responsibility to come up with additional work to go along with it. We already have math and language arts curriculum, but I use this book to create unit studies for science and history. We call it cozy reading time, hop up on the couch with this book and many others like Magic Tree House or The Who Was Series and reference books from the library and dive into whatever science or history subject is next. It is a great guide for me to know what to teach during the year and it helps me plan my year of subjects. My kids LOVE listening to the history and science portions and doing an activity afterward. It is their favorite part of our day. Many people might not find history or science important for 3rd and 1st graders, but it sure does spark excellent thought processes which lead to improved english and math skills believe it or not. The information in these sections are fascinating even for me. I''ve learned soo much from these books. I know many homeschoolers are turned off that it is common core, but the information in here for science and history is excellent. It builds off other years though so I would say if you are debating doing this for kindergarten do it. It will still be helpful in other grades, but you will need to fill in the gaps which wouldn''t be difficult. CoreKnowledge.com has many free resources to go along with the lessons. This is a great supplemental guide to have on hand even if you don''t end up using it as much as you think. It has so many great readings and activity ideas. I have to add that even though I don''t use the language arts and math portions per-say I do still use the language and literature section because it has so many stories and poems to supplement my curriculum. I''ve used this series since Kindergarten and every book has been consistent. Be sure to get the revised and updated versions.
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Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2019
Seems a good secular resource for homeschooling with some Christian discussion, but certain general subject matter does not match up with all homeschooling curriculums or even public schools for that grade-level. (Subject matter may have been taught in another grade).... See more
Seems a good secular resource for homeschooling with some Christian discussion, but certain general subject matter does not match up with all homeschooling curriculums or even public schools for that grade-level. (Subject matter may have been taught in another grade). Math seems on target though. An important note for those hoping for worksheets: there are none to be had no matter what reviews say. The Core Knowledge website contains a free grade/subject specific downloadable curriculum only. The book contained no worksheets either. Keep expectations measured with this in mind. It is only useful as a supplemental resource.
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Nicole Smith
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A great at-home compliment to my son''s curriculum at school
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2015
My son is attending a new school this year that''s focus is on classical education, which I love. I decided to order this book at the recommendation of my son''s third grade teacher. She thought the kids should have this book at home as a compliment to what the children are... See more
My son is attending a new school this year that''s focus is on classical education, which I love. I decided to order this book at the recommendation of my son''s third grade teacher. She thought the kids should have this book at home as a compliment to what the children are learning in school. I''m very impressed with the content of this book. My son too. In fact, he picked it up on his own and preceded to read it. He got so excited about a section on Pompei that he began to share the info with me while driving. I loved his enthusiasm and thirst to learn more. If you''re looking for a book to add to your homeschooling collection or to have as reference for your child at home, I highly recommend this. It''s worth the money.
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a homeschooling must
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great resource for homeschooling
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Love this book. Excellent resource - very thorough. Seller shipped quickly and book was in great condition.l, there was also a personalized note included which was very thoughtful. Thank you!
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Love this book, but wish there was a 7th Grade Math, Civizations, Curriculum Book.
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This is a great series. I wish there was a 7th Grade math, civilizations, curriculum version
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This book was a lifesaver for a homeschooling mom I know. We will buy each book for every grade.
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2021 new arrival What Your Third Grader Needs to Know (Revised lowest and Updated): online sale Fundamentals of a Good Third-Grade Education (The Core Knowledge Series) online sale

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