Additional Free Resources

At the Core Knowledge Foundation, we know it can be difficult to sort through the many lists of possible resources to use with students at home—and to figure out which ones will truly advance learning during this unusual time. A Special Note to Schools – Please feel free to share this communication with your parents…

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FREE ONLINE CKLA READ-ALOUDS FOR K-3

FREE ONLINE CKLA READ-ALOUDS FOR K-3 We have collected and organized YouTube videos of various CKLA Read-Alouds by grade level that you can access here. The collection does not (yet!) include a read-aloud of every CKLA K-3 Listening and Learning selection.  So, we are also asking for your help in building this library. Check out…

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CHECK OUT OUR BRAND NEW FREE RESOURCES!

The Core Knowledge Foundation is proud to announce that two new English Language Arts resources are now available for free download online. Brown Girl Dreaming This Grade 4 unit, based on the award winning memoir Brown Girl Dreaming by author Jacqueline Woodson, includes instruction and materials for fifteen 90 minute lessons. In this book, the…

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Curriculum Case Study: How an English Language Arts Program Is Leveling the Playing Field in Classrooms Where the Majority of Students Live in Poverty

The following article first appeared in “The 74” on February 19, 2020. This is the second in a series of pieces from a Knowledge Matters Campaign tour of school districts in Tennessee. Sullivan County sits in the northeast corner of the state and is home to almost 9,200 students. The school system has received national…

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The Importance of Student Reading in the Sciences

Why Does Core Knowledge Science Offer Student Readers? Current research suggests that teaching reading strategies has value in helping students recognize the purpose of reading and may lead to a slight boost in reading comprehension scores, but not the sustained improvement that would be indicative of true literacy. Something is still missing. What’s missing is…

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A New Year, a Renewed Commitment

As a nonprofit organization, the Core Knowledge Foundation is dedicated to supporting schools and educators to ensure excellence and equity in education for all children.  To that end, almost a decade ago, the Foundation made the bold and unprecedented decision to provide free access to our preschool through grade 2 ELA program, Core Knowledge Language…

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Announcing the Publication of K-2 CKHG Instructional Materials

Announcing the Publication of K-2 CKHG Instructional Materials Spread the news! Twenty-four NEW American and World History Grade K−2 Student Books and Teacher Guides in the Core Knowledge History and Geography™ (CKHG™) series are now available for free download. For those who prefer our beautifully illustrated print editions, order now before price increases go into…

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The Shortcomings of Lucy Calkins’s Units of Study

This article, which first appeared in the January 22, 2020 edition of Flypaper, is reprinted here with the permission of its author, Robert Pondiscio I owe my education career to reader’s workshop, the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and its founder Lucy Calkins. I started as a mid-career switcher with a two-year commitment to…

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Student eBooks: Providing Access, Promoting Engagement

Electronic books (“eBooks”), which have become more and more popular in classrooms with each passing year, offer students unique experiences with texts.  In some cases the eBook simply serves as digital version of a curriculum text or trade book that students can access on a tablet at school or at home.  In other situations, the…

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Teaching Values and Character Education Using Core Knowledge

How did George Washington’s leadership at Valley Forge, and his later insistence that he serve only two terms as president, reflect his virtuous character? What did Ida B. Wells’s fight against Jim Crow laws and lynching say about an individual’s moral duty in America? Why did Padre Miguel Hidalgo y Castillo decide to break the…

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