Core Knowledge History and Geography

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 8 and above (Ages 5–13+).

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.

Students will build a strong foundation in CKHG for Kindergarten through Grade 7.

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

See CKHG Titles By Grade Level

We also offer additional implementation tips, tools and resources for extra help.

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Core Knowledge History and Geography curriculum materials are available for free download. New units are in development and will be added when ready. Be sure to review the Terms of Use for free materials.

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Most CKHG resources are also available in print versions for purchase in our online Store.

Featured Title: Early Civilizations of the Americas

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In this Grade 1 Core Knowledge History and Geography unit, students will explore several powerful civilizations in North and South America from long ago.

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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

School bulletin board with student work tying back to CKHG

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.

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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.

Terms of Use

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.