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Leadership Institutes The Core Knowledge Summer Leadership Institute is held annually in Charlottesville, VA. Registration information can be found on our calendar of eventsMore…

CKLA Is Online for Free

CKLA Is Online for Free From student activity books to teacher guides, everything needed for preschool–third grade and several units from grades 4–5 are fully available for free using the CKLA Download Manager. More…

Core Knowledge Science

Knowledge Maps Available for Download in Grades K and 1

We are pleased to announce that fourteen Knowledge Maps for the Core Knowledge Science program are now available in draft form for free download. Core Knowledge Science will be a comprehensive K–5 program that is currently being conceptualized by way of Knowledge Maps, one for each of the approximately 40 units. At the center of these maps is the Core Knowledge science content (e.g., astronomy, chemistry, meteorology, zoology, and the biographies of scientists such as George Washington Carver, Thomas Edison, and Mae Jemison). The Knowledge Maps also include reference to how this content can be used in conjunction with the Next Gen. Science Standards as well as embedded teacher training, such as potential misconceptions that can meaningfully inform instruction.

Maps for all Kindergarten and Grade 1 units are now available for free download


 Grade 1

Unit 1: The Human Body—
Basic Needs & Five Senses

Unit 1: Human Body Systems

Unit 2: Animals & Their Needs

Unit 2: Astronomy

Unit 3: Plants & Farms

Unit 3: Introduction to Geology

Unit 4: Seasons & Weather

Unit 4: Living Things & Their Environments

Unit 5: Taking Care of the Earth

Unit 5: Matter & Its Properties

Unit 6: Pushes, Pulls, &
an Introduction to Magnets

Unit 6: Introduction to Electricity

Unit 7: The Wright Brothers

Unit 7: Introduction to Light & Sound
 Coming Soon
 Additional maps for Grades 2–5

Return to this page throughout 2016 as additional maps will be posted as they are completed. We welcome any feedback or questions that you have regarding these Knowledge Maps and/or about the early development of the Core Knowledge Science program.