What Your First Grader Needs to Know

by E. D. Hirsch Professor of English Editor

(From Amazon): Help your child exceed the Common Core standards with What Your First Grader Needs to Know   What will your child be expected to learn in the first grade? How can you help him or her at home? How can teachers foster active, successful learning in the classroom? 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 first graders. Filled with opportunities for reading aloud and fostering discussion, this first-grade volume of the acclaimed Core Knowledge Series presents the sort of knowledge and skills that should be at the core of a challenging first-grade education. Inside you’ll discover   • Favorite poems—old and new, such as “The Owl and the Pussycat,” “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” and “Thirty Days Hath September” • Beloved stories—from many times and lands, including a selection of Aesop’s fables, “Hansel and Gretel,” “All Stories Are Anansi’s,” “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” and much more • Familiar sayings and phrases—such as “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and “Practice makes perfect” • World and American history and geography—take a trip down the Nile with King Tut and learn about the early days of our country, including the story of Jamestown, the Pilgrims, and the American Revolution • Visual arts—fun activities plus full-color reproductions of masterworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Georgia O’Keeffe, and others • Music—engaging introductions to great composers and music, including classical music, opera, and jazz, as well as a selection of favorite children’s songs • Math—a variety of activities to help your child learn to count, add and subtract, solve problems, recognize geometrical shapes and patterns, and learn about telling time • Science—interesting discussions of living things and their habitats, the human body, the states of matter,  electricity, our solar system, and what’s inside the earth, plus stories of famous scientists such as Thomas Edison and Rachel CarsonBONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from What Your Second Grader Needs to Know.


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Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
1st - 1st
Dell Publishing


  • 1 Language and Literature: Poetry
  • 2 Language and Literature: Aesop's Fables
  • 3 Language and Literature: Stories
  • 4 Language and Literature: Drama
  • 5 Language and Literature: Familiar Sayings
  • 6 History and Geography: World History and Geography
  • 7 History and Geography: American History and Geography
  • 8 Visual Arts
  • 9 Music
  • 10 Mathematics: Patterns and Classifications
  • 11 Mathematics: Numbers and Number Sense
  • 12 Mathematics: Computations
  • 13 Mathematics: Money
  • 14 Mathematics: Geometry
  • 15 Mathematics: Measurement
  • 16 Science: Living Things and Their Habitats
  • 17 Science: Oceans and Undersea Life
  • 18 Science: The Human Body
  • 19 Science: Matter: Solid, Liquid, and Gas
  • 20 Science: Measurement: How Long, How Much, How Hot
  • 21 Science: Electricity: An Introduction to the Shocking Facts
  • 22 Science: Astronomy: Our Solar System
  • 23 Science: Down to Earth
  • 24 Science: Stories About Scientists

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