The Core Knowledge History and Geography (CKHG) program includes the complete history and geography curriculum plus additional resources for teachers and students in Kindergarten through grade 6 and above (Ages 5–12+).
This is a comprehensive program in world and American history and geography, integrating topics in civics and the arts. Core Knowledge History and Geography helps students build knowledge of the diverse civilizations, cultures, and concepts specified in the Core Knowledge Sequence.
CKHG Curriculum Components
For each grade level, you’ll find a range of titles to cover during the school year with each year building upon the knowledge learned in the previous year. CKHG includes everything you’ll need to implement the curriculum at your school or at home.
- Student Readers: richly illustrated and engagingly written, also available as e-books
- Teacher Guides: with detailed lesson plans, activity page masters, additional activities, and assessments
- Timeline Cards: visual aids to reinforce big ideas, chronology, and context
- Additional Activities: online videos, virtual field trips, art and literature connections, and more
- Online Resources: support lessons and activities within the teacher guides
We also offer additional implementation tips, tools and resources for extra help.
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Featured Title: Early Civilizations of the Americas
In this Grade 1 Core Knowledge History and Geography unit, students will explore several powerful civilizations in North and South America from long ago.
Integrating History and Geography Curriculum With Additional Subjects
CKHG follows our approach to knowledge-based schooling, outlined in the Core Knowledge Sequence. It allows students to build and deepen their knowledge grade by grade and to make cross-curricular connections across subjects.
CKHG and Civics
The history and geography curriculum materials aim to prepare students to actively participate in a democratic society. Within all CKHG American History titles, every Teacher Guide includes a feature called The Pathway to Citizenship.
CKHG for Social Studies
Used in their recommended sequence, CKHG materials can form the basis of an engaging Social Studies program that builds historical and geographical knowledge and skills grade by grade.
CKHG and Language Arts
You can also use CKHG to integrate content-rich nonfiction into your Reading or Language Arts lessons. CKHG objectives are correlated with the Common Core English Language Arts standards, which call for increased reading of nonfiction informational texts. With CKHG, you can take an interdisciplinary approach to reading that provides rich, meaningful, and sustained engagement with informational texts organized in a coherent sequence.
Frequently Asked Questions
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CKHG units are correlated to topics at the grade levels specified in the Core Knowledge Sequence, which allows students in schools following the Sequence to build knowledge grade by grade. In other settings, individual CKHG units may be used as supplemental resources.
In general, the content and presentation in the CKHG units for Grades 3-5 are appropriate for young readers from the upper elementary grades through middle school. The content and presentation in the CKHG units for Grade 6 are appropriate for students in Grade 6 and up.
If you’re already using CKLA in your classroom, here are three reasons to use CKHG as well:
- To fill in gaps: CKLA explores many, but not all, of the history topics specified in the Core Knowledge Sequence. By adding CKHG, you’ll help your students get a broader, stronger grounding in history and geography.
- To enrich your program: Take a look at the many additional activities you can use from CKHG, including virtual field trips, online videos, literature and art connections, and more.
- To reinforce learning: Between the two sets of instructional materials (CKLA and CKHG), there is some intentional overlap in topics, but in each series students read completely different text. Reading different texts on the same domains during the language arts and social studies blocks can give students repeated exposure to domain vocabulary. See these sample pacing guides for suggestions about how to coordinate the use of both CKLA and CKHG together.
The Core Knowledge History and Geography curriculum materials made available for download are freely available for anyone to use, adapt, and share (with attribution). No one is permitted to extract any images included in our PDF materials for use in any other way; to do so would be a violation of the agreements under which the images were licensed. No one is permitted to sell either the original program, an adaptation of it, or lesson plans that reproduce any part of it. For more information, see the Guidelines to Core Knowledge and the Creative Commons License.