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What Your Second Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Second Grade Education Revised (Core Knowledge Series)
Help your child exceed the Common Core standards with 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, 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 prizewinning Gwendolyn Brooks’s “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 full-color illustrations of masterworks by El Greco, Van Gogh, Hokusai, 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
A must for every parent of a 2nd grade child
By Jane James "homeschoolmum"
- February 2, 2001
I have the complete set of these books, from kindergarten through 6th grade, and I really recommend them all. The 2nd grade book contains poetry (including "The Night Before Christmas), stories (including a section from Charlotte's Web), American tall tales (including Paul Bunyan), Myths from Ancient Greece (10 stories in all), Learning About Language (nouns, verbs, sentences, etc.), and Familiar Saysings and their origins.And that's just the language section.History and geography, visual arts, mathematics, sciences and music are also included in this book. I especially like the history sections in these books. In the 2nd grade book, Civilizations of Asia and Ancient Greece are particularly interesting, with lots of great pictures. The religions of the cultures involved are discussed in a matter-of-fact and respectful manner. The section on ancient Greek politics leads right into the section in American History and democracy. The next logical step is to discuss slavery... read more
By Mom of three
- October 26, 2005
This series is great if you homeschool or want to help your child during the summer. If you want to use it for homeschool, Hirsch has made a teacher handbook. The Teacher Handbooks provide background about language arts, history and geography, visual arts, music, mathematics, and science. Each handbook has been written to look like the Core Knowledge Sequence. For each section in the Sequence, there is a matching section in the handbooks.
A Great Building Block
By A. L. Hermitt "ahermitt"
- May 6, 2004
This review is about the 2nd book in the core series "What your __ grader needs to know" The author/ Editor E.D. Hirsh Jr. has compiled every well-known fact in American culture such as literature, slogans, sayings, history, math and all other subjects that a child of a particular age or "grade" should know. There are 7 volumes in all from Kindergarten to 6th grade. The premise of this book was to create a national standard so that children in the same grade are learning the same things at the same time be it from classroom to classroom, or from state to state. In the books Introduction, Hirsh explains how a parent of twins were concerned that they were learning completely different things and thus were both getting different and abbreviated educations with many gaps. He believes that it is "a sign of trouble when teachers in that school do not know what children in other classrooms are learning on the same grade level, much less in earlier and later grades". I can identify... read more
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