Hank Pellissier is a freelance writer on education and brain development, and the author of Brighter Brains: 225 Ways to Elevate or Injure Intelligence, the founder/director of the Brighter Brains Institute, and a consultant on scholastic topics like gap years, at http://www.brighterbrains.me/

8th grader writing under Common Core Standards

Teens forge their identities through writing — especially as they write opinion papers based on factual evidence, not fiction.

Linear equations and more equations — 8th grade is chock-full of algebra.

Common Core math for preschoolers?

Wondering what your child should know before kindergarten? These are the 8 basic math skills your preschooler should learn.

Your seventh grader and math under Common Core

Seventh graders delve deep into negative numbers, proportional relationships, and linear equations.

Your sixth grader and math under Common Core

Math takes off this year for your sixth grader, with ratios and rates, stats, pre-algebra, and a little geometry sprinkled in.

Your fifth grader and math under Common Core Standards

Fifth graders learn sophisticated math that involves equations, finding the volume of 3-D shapes, and interpreting data from graphs and line plots.

Your third grader and math under the Common Core

Third graders learn some amazing new things this year, including fractions, creating graphs, and how to find the area and perimeter of a rectangle.

Your fourth grader and math under Common Core Standards

From decimals and tougher fractions to measuring angles, fourth graders work on complex math concepts that can stump the rusty skills of their parents.

Your second grader and math

Second graders can now count to 1,000 by 1s, 5s, 10s, and 100s! Plus they can measure in metric and “American” units and count money.

Your first grader’s math under the Common Core Standards

First graders absorb exciting math facts by playing with blocks, measuring objects, and knowing some place values.

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