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K–8 Sequence at a Glance


The Core Knowledge Sequence is a detailed outline of specific content to be taught in language arts, history and geography, visual arts, music, mathematics, and science.

The full at a glance view of the Sequence, preschool through grade eight, outlines the disciplines and content area domains addressed in each grade level of the program.

The second grade snapshot below below illustrates content included in the Sequence at a single grade level; other grade levels are similarly organized..

Language Arts / English

  1. Listening and Speaking
  2. Reading
  3. Writing
  4. Language Conventions
  5. Poetry
  6. Fiction
  7. Sayings and Phrases

History and Geography


  1. Geography
  2. Early Asian Civilizations
  3. Modern Japanese Civilization
  4. Ancient Greece


  1. The American Government: The Constitution
  2. The War of 1812
  3. Westward Expansion
  4. The Civil War
  5. Immigration and Citizenship
  6. Fighting for a Cause
  7. Geography of the Americas
  8. Symbols and Figures

Visual Arts

  1. Elements of Art
  2. Sculpture
  3. Kinds of Pictures: Landscapes
  4. Abstract Art
  5. Architecture


  1. Numbers and Number Sense
  2. Fractions
  3. Money
  4. Computation
  5. Measurement
  6. Geometry


  1. Cycles in Nature (Seasonal Cycle; Life Cycles; Water Cycle)
  2. Insects
  3. Human body (Cells; Digestive and Excretory Systems)
  4. Magnetism
  5. Simple Machines
  6. Science Biographies


Children go to school for more than a decade because learning is gradual, and there is a great deal to be learned, especially in matters relating to knowledge and the build up of vocabulary.  If the specific content for each grade level does not build on what went before and prepare for what will come after, there will be big gaps, and boring repetitions. A great deal of school time is being used unproductively, and the hardest hit by this incoherence are disadvantaged children.

—E. D. Hirsch, Jr.