Digital Pianos (Yamaha, Casio, Roland, Kawai, Korg) - An introduction for Digital Piano Shoppers

Yamaha is the prolific manufacturer with over 200 different digital piano models that are being actively sold. Casio clocks in a distant second with fewer than fifty models. Roland, Kawai, and Korg are much more modest in their options. There are several other minor manufacturers, but these five manufacturers control more than 95% of the digital piano market in the US. Yamaha bags the undisputed brand premium, the fruit of extensive investment in research and development over a long period of time.

A note on pricing:

Most digital pianos are available either online or through national retailers. This convenience allows consumers to do comparison-shopping and realize better bargains compared to acoustic pianos purchased through a dealer. Of course, for acoustic pianos, dealers provide a valuable service – the weight of the instrument (upwards of 500 pounds) and the professional tuning and setup they require make online and national retailing impractical. On the other hand, the weight of digital pianos rarely exceed 150 pounds (even the cabinet models that look like an acoustic piano), and requires no special tuning or setup thereby diminishing the services of the dealer. That said, for the high-end cabinet digital piano models, some consumers prefer the services of a dealer for a hands-off transaction.

While the Internet and national retailing has allowed freewheeling for the consumer, the piano dealers have been hammered by revenue loss. With the market penetration achieved by the digital piano manufacturers, acoustic piano sales volumes declined. To stem the bleeding, piano dealers applied pressure on piano manufacturers for dealer-exclusivity. As a result, in the USA, only Yamaha’s portable piano models and the ARIUS/YDP cabinet piano models are available both online and through retailers. The remainder of Yamaha’s pianos (Clavinovas and MODUS) are available only through dealers. Similar agreements apply for higher end models of Roland and Kawai. In Europe and other parts of the world, this dealer-only policy is not applicable. 

Variety and choices are aplenty in the digital piano models. Yamaha has 200-odd and counting digital piano models. Casio, Roland, Kawai, and Korg also have several models. In general, the manufacturers use a few brands/series to classify the offerings. The series/brand choices from each manufacturer are:

Casio (Privia PX, Celviano AP, and CDP):

The Privia line debut in 2003. The key technologies that has made the line successful in the market place are: a) Multi-dimensional morphing AiR (Acoustic and Intelligent Resonator) sound source, and b) Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard II. The former captures the grand piano sound including effects such as sustain, length of reverberation, and simulating harmonics that resonate when the damper pedal is pressed. The latter does a great job reproducing sound accurately based on the force of keystrokes. Casio's Celviano line are premium products that strive to simulate the grand piano sound accurately under all playing conditions.
  1. The Casio Privia PX (current models - 5S, 160, 360, 760, and 860) series models are primarily portable digital pianos although a few come with integrated stands.The Casio Privia PX-5S and PX-560 are Digital Stage Pianos selling for upwards of $1000. The Casio Privia PX-160 is the low-end of Casio's standard full-sized portable digital piano selling for around $500 with the 360, 760, and 860 rounding out the current models. Several other models released within the last several years are also in the market and some of them sell at significant discounts: PX-130, PX-150, PX-350, PX-750, etc. For the ten-year anniversary of Privia, Casio also released PXA-100RD/BE (portable metallic design in Red or Blue) and PXA-800BN (cabinet design). The main feature additions were 10 Grand Piano Tones and a Hall Simulator Function with 10 Types of Concert Venues.
  2. The Casio Celviano AP (current models - 260, 460, 650, and 700) and GP (current models - 300, 400, and 500) are the Cabinet Digital Piano lines which are non-portable home digital pianos. Other models currently in the market include 220, 250, 420, and 620. 
  3. The CDP series has the CDP-130 as the last model. It forms the low-end of Casio's line of portable digital pianos and sells for around $400. Close-out deals may become available as Casio no longer lists this among its current models. 


Yamaha (P, DGX, CP, ARIUS YDP, Clavinova CLP, Clavinova CVP & MODUS) :

  1. Yamaha Contemporary Pianos (current models - P-45, P-115, and P-255) are portable digital pianos.The models offer authentic weighted action touch (Graded Hammer Standard - GHS) that has heavier touch in the low end and lighter touch at the high end just like the hammers inside an acoustic piano. Acoustic sound simulation is achieved using Yamaha's classic AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) sound engine that uses digital technology to record and reproduce the sound of an acoustic piano based on the force on the keystrokes.
  2. Yamaha ARIUS (current models - YDP103, YDP-S52, YDP-142, YDP-143, YDP-162, YDP-163, YDP-V240, and YDP-181) are home (non-portable cabinet) digital pianos and form Yamaha's low-end of the home piano line. These are the only non-portable Yamaha piano models that are available from nationwide retailers & online stores. The range offers Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard and Pure CF Sound Engine voices as base features and builds from there. Pure CF uses expressive recordings of Yamaha's CFIIIS 9-foot concert grand piano for sound simulation. Damper Resonance (recreation of acoustic piano depth when pedaling) and Intelligent Acoustic Control (complete tone balancing independent of volume) are other key technologies in ARIUS digital pianos.
  3. Yamaha Stage Pianos (current models: CP4 Stage, CP40 Stage, CP1, CP5, CP50, CP300, and CP33) are professional stage pianos and form Yamaha's high-end of the portable digital piano line. The base feature set that make them distinct include the Premium Grand Piano (GP) and Vintage Electric Piano (EP) sound reproduction, Change Voices feature that let you call up the sounds, and Layer & Split that allow sound layering and splitting.
  4. Yamaha Clavinova CLP Traditionals, CVP Ensembles, and MODUS Designer Pianos: The Clavinova CLP Traditionals are digital pianos in a non-portable cabinet design. They form Yamaha's low-end of home pianos sold exclusively through dealers. Current models are . The Clavinova CVP Ensembles are digital pianos in a non-portable cabinet design and are Yamaha's premium home pianos sold exclusively through dealers. Current models are . MODUS-series are designer pianos (non-portable designer cabinet) and form Yamaha's high-end of home pianos sold exclusively through dealers. Current models are . 
The following are also part of Yamaha's digital piano line: Yamaha Portable Grand DGX & YPG-series and Nocturne series. The former forms the high-end of their keyboard line and the 88-key models (YPG-535, DGX-650, and DGX-660) are very capable. Nocturne-series (no longer listed in their current models) are sleeker looking versions of their YDP line for a significant premium.


    Roland (V-Piano, RD, FP, HPi, HP, RP, DP, F, LX, and RG) :

    1. Stage Pianos (current models - V-Piano, RD-800, RD-300NX, RD-64, FP-90, FP-80, and FP-50): The top-end V-Piano is a revolutionary product that pioneered the technology ("living" piano core) to respond and evolve without requiring samples. It also offers customizable planos. At the other end, FP-50 is a compact, affordable stage piano with SuperNATURAL planar sound engine and Ivory Feel-G keyboard with escapement. 
    2. Upright Digital Pianos (current models - HPi-50e, HP504, RP501R, RP401R, RP603, DP90Se, DP90e, F-140R, and RP-302): The HPi-50e at the high-end has high-resolution color LCD with Roland's acclaimed interactive DigiScore training programs. The entry-level F-20 at the other end has the SuperNATURAL Plano sound engine, Apps that allow developing music listening, reading and play along skills, dual and split modes that allow tone layering, etc.
    3. Premium Upright Digital Pianos (current models - LX-17, Kiyola KF-10, LX-7, HP605, HP603): The new models feature an all-new keyboard, enhanced sound engine (SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling Technology for richer planar sound) and multi-channel speaker system (eight speaker acoustic projection system). The HP series offer a classically signed cabinet and concert-class sound while the LX series has more luxurious styling. The new Kiyola KF-10 is marketed as an artisan digital piano and features a hand-crafted solid wood cabinet.
    4. Digital Grand Pianos (current models - RG-1F, RG-3F, GP-607, and V-Piano Grand): V-Piano Grand has modeling technology in a grand cabinet with multi-channel sound. RG-1F, RG-3F, and GP-607 are mini-grand pianos with SuperNATURAL Modeling, Plano Designer, PHA III Technology with escapement. 


    Kawai (CL, CN, EP, ES, CA, MP, and CP): 

    Kawai is known to have the finest tone and touch in the digital piano arena. Wooden-key actions, Harmonic Imaging sound technology, and Soundboard Speaker System are other features that make their offerings distinct.
    1. Portable Digital Pianos (current models - ES8 and ES100): The ES100 offers graded hammer key action and 88-note piano sampling. The musician grade ES8 captures the tone of Kawai's flagship acoustic grand pianos (SK-EX, SK-5, and EX) accurately.  Other features include professionally arranged backing accompaniments, USB connectivity, digital audio recording, and an industry-leading keyboard (Ivory Touch Responsive Hammer III action with Let-Off, Triple Sensor, and Counterweights.
    2. Economical Digital Pianos (current models - CL26, KCP90, KDP90, CE220, CN25, and CN35): The CL26 is an upright in a slim design with harmonic imaging sound technology, graded hammer action, 88-key piano sampling, and 96-note polyphony as standard features. In the mid-range, the CE220 offers Progressive Harmonic Imaging sound technology with 88-key piano sampling, 88-key wooden-key GHA with counterbalancing, 192-note polyphony, and US to Device. At the high-end, the CN35 offers 256-note polyphony, 16-track recorder, and grand feel pedal system as top features.  
    3. Professional Stage Pianos (current models - MP7 and MP11): MP7 performer's stage piano offers acoustic, vintage electric, and classic tonewheel organ sounds. It also features Harmonic Imaging XL, MIDI controller, full-featured RH2 action, and 256 note polyphony. The MP11 professional musician's stage piano has grand feel wooden key action along with customizable 6 reverbs and 129 effects. USB Recorder, 40 voices, and 208 user memories are also standard.
    4. Classic Series Luxury Digital Pianos (current models - CS4, CS7, CS8, CS10, and CS11): The CS4 and CS7 are classic series upright digital pianos while the CS10 is a hybrid. Built-in Alfred Piano lessons is standard with these models. CS8 and CS11 are the newest offerings in this line up.
    5. Concert Artist Digital Uprights (current models - CA67 and CA97): Offers true acoustic piano feel, samples of Shigeru Kawai Concert and Chamber Grand Pianos, Grand Feel II Wooden-key Action, USB to Device, USB to Host, 256 polyphony, built-in 2 hour classical piano music, and built-in Alfred, Czemy, Beyer, and Burmuller Lesson Songs.
    6. Concert Performer Digital Premium Uprights & Grands (current models - CP1 Grand, CP2 Grand, and CP3): large color touch display, music player input, 100s of sounds, hours of piano music, and all other state-of-the-art Kawai technologies (see above) are incorporated in this top-end Kawai line.


    Korg (SP, LP, SV, and HAVIAN):
    1. Portable Digital Pianos ( SP-170, SP-280, B1, and B1SP): SP-170 is the most popular among the Korg models. It features Natural Weighted Hammer Action (NH) keyboard, sounds including grand piano, reverb and chorus effects, and Sound and Piano Play buttons. B1 and B1SP are the new models in the line.
    2. Digital Stage Piano (SV-1): The SV-1 Vintage Stage Piano features retro styling (vintage knob controls) coupled with advanced connectivity (XLR, MIDI, USB, and 3 pedal) and comes with a full-featured Librarian/Editor software.
    3. Cabinet Digital Pianos (LP-180, LP-380, and HAVIAN 30):  LP-180 has a slim cabinet design, Natural Weighted Hammer Action (NH) keyboard, ten sounds, reverb and chorus effects, and a three-pedal unit (damper, soft, and sostenuto). The LP-380 retains the slim cabinet design and adds a Real Weighted Hammer Action 3 keyboard, premium pedal, metronome, MIDI capability, and 30 sounds. HAVIAN 30 is a digital ensemble piano with 88 velocity sensitive weighted hammer keys, complete sound library, 5" TFT color TouchView display, auto-accompaniment, chord sequencer with full editing, MIDI/MP3 play and record, Limiter and 4 band parametric EQ.

    Summary & Recommendation:



    Some of the Kawai models (CP, CA, CS, and CN) have the best warranty in the business - 5 years parts and labor. Roland home pianos (non-portable) also have a very good warranty - 5 year parts and 1 year labor. The Yamaha's have a 3-year warranty and that compares very well with the Casio's, Korg's, and the Roland portable digital piano models which have just a one-year warranty. The Roland's and Korg's enjoy good reputation among piano enthusiasts. Yamaha's & Kawai's are the popular choice among institutions. The Casio's have excellent market share because of their value pricing.

    Below is a summary of our best value recommendations from each category:
    1. Best Value Portable Digital Piano: Yamaha P45B (~$450).
    2. Best Value Non-Portable Digital Piano: Yamaha ARIUS YDP-162 (~$1300).

    Note: The Yamaha ARIUS YDP-163 is the latest model and that goes for a $200 premium compared to the YDP-162.

    For more research, please check out our comparative reviews of Portable and Home Digital Pianos by following the links below.


    Related Posts:

    1. Portable Digital Pianos - A Comparative Review.
    2. Non Portable (Home) Digital Pianos - A Comparative Review.
    3. Digital Pianos (Yamaha, Casio, Roland, Kawai, Korg) - An introduction for Digital Piano Shoppers (this post).
    4. Portable Yamaha Digital Pianos - A Comparative Review.
    5. Non Portable (Home) Yamaha Digital Pianos - A Comparative Review.
    6. Yamaha Digital Pianos - An Introduction to Different Models.
    7. Acoustic Piano (Yamaha M-460, Cable Nelson Yamaha CN-116, Kawai K-15, etc.) - Review, Best Values, Pricing, & Shopping Experience.
    8. Yamaha P65 & the new Yamaha P45 Digital Piano Review.
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    Last Updated: 04/2017.

    Elementary School Guides, Workbooks, and Assessment Resources – ISBN, Used, and List Prices

    This is part three of the series of posts on the course materials and textbooks used in the Public Schools, Teacher’s Editions, and Home School Editions. There are the following other categories that are of interest to most parents and teachers:
    • Guides,
    • Workbooks, and
    • Assessment Resources
    As with the other categories, yet again options abound and this list touches the more popular ones.


    Workbooks, Guide Books, and Assessment Resources for Kindergarten:



    ResourceISBN-10, ISBN-13List PriceBest Online Price**
    Kindergarten Common Core: Workbook, Assessment Workbook, and Worksheets  by CoreCommonStandards.com
    • Workbook: 978-1508419938 at $14.44.
    • Assessment Workbook: 978-1495907081 at $39.
    • Worksheets: 978-1499103687 at $61.
    VariesVaries
    Essential Kindergarten Assessments for Reading, Writing, and Math by Laurie Fyke
    • 2007: 978-0439529785 at $6.99.
    $21.99$6.99
    Phonics for Kindergarten, Grade K (Home Workbook) by Carson-Dellosa Publishing
    • 2010: 978-1604187748 at $4.49.
    $4.49$4.49
    Math Made Easy: Kindergarten Workbook by DK Publishing
    • 2000: 978-0789457202 at $5.99.
    $14.99$6
    Fisher-Price Kindergarten Workbook: Beginning Math
    • 2000: 978-1561449231 at $3.99.
    NA$4
    Harcourt Math Practice Workbook: Kindergarten
    • 2007: 978-0153364723 at $3.99.
    NA$4
    Reading & Math Jumbo Workbook: Grade K
    • 2005: 978-0439785990 at $7.99.
    $14.99$8
    Master Skills Reading, Kindergarten
    • 2012: 978-1609962548 at $7.99.
    $7.99$7.99
    Brighter Child® Reading, Grade K (Brighter Child Workbooks)
    • 2006: 978-0769676708 at $3.99.
    NA$4
    Jumpstart Kindergarten Reading Readiness Workbook by Liane Onish and Duendes Del Sur
    • 2000: 978-0439164207 at $3.99.
    NA$4
    Kindergarten Workbook (Phonics Museum) by Marlin & Laurie Detweiler
    • 2005: 978-1932168600 at $18.99.
    NA$19
    Brain Quest Workbook Kindergarten by Lisa Trumbauer
    • 2008: 978-0761149125 at $4.99.
    $12.95$5
    Math Assessment Tasks: Kindergarten by Nacny Gist and Becki Dios
    • 2006: 978-1596731349 at $11.99.
    $24.99$12
    Essential Kindergarten Assessments for Reading, Writing, and Math by Laurie Fyke
    • 2007: 978-0439529785 at $6.99.
    $21.99$7
    Reading Assessment Tasks: Grade K by Nancy Gist and Becky Dios
    • 2006: 978-1596731387 at $5.99.
    $24.99$6
    Pre-Decodable Takehome Books: Level A, Set 1 (Open Court Reading)
    • 2000: 978-0026839266 at $9.99.
    $18$10
    Reading and Writing Workbook , Level K (Open Court Reading) by Marilyn Jager Adams and Carl Bereiter
    • 2000: 978-0028310633 at $3.99.
    $26$4
    Foro Abierto Para LA Lectura: Sounds and Letters Skills Workbook, Grade K (Spanish)
    • 2002: 978-0075792079 at $3.99.
    NA$4


    Workbooks, Guide Books, and Assessment Resources for First Grade:



    ResourceISBN-10, ISBN-13List PriceBest Online Price
    First Grade Common Core: Workbook, Assessment Workbook, & Worksheets by CoreCommonStandards.com
    • Workbook:  978-1508421276 at $15.
    • Assessment Workbook: 978-1495910340 at $43.
    • Worksheets: 978-1499115628 at $65.
    VariesVaries
    First Grade Common Core Workbook Student Edition by Have Fun Teaching
    • 2015: 978-1508421276 at $15.
    $19$15
    Common Core 4 Today Workbooks Grade 1
    • Math: 978-1624425998 at $7.99.
    • Language: 978-1624426049 at $6.99.
    VariesVaries
    Kumon Workbooks Grade 1
    • Reading: 978-1934968512 at $6.99.
    • Math: 978-1934968413 at $4.99.
    • Writing: 978-1935800576 at $7.95.
    • Addition: 978-1933241494 at $5.99.
    • Subtraction: 978-1933241500 at $5.99.
    • Geometry & Measurement: 978-1934968178 at $5.99.
    VariesVaries
    First Grade Big Workbook
    • 1999: 978-0887431470 at $3.99.
    $12.99$3.99
    Phonics for First Grade, Grade 1 (Home Workbook) by Carson-Dellosa Publishing
    • 2010: 978-1604187854 at $5.99.
    NA$5.99
    Spectrum Math Workbook, Grade 1
    • 2014: 978-1483808697 at $7.99.
    $11.99$7.99
    Go Math! Assessment Guide, Grade 1, Common Core Edition
    • 2011: 978-0547586786 at $44.99.
    NA$44.99
    My Math Grade 1 Assessment Masters
    • 2013: 978-0021161782 at $7.99.
    NA$7.99
    Math Made Easy: First Grade Workbook by Sue Phillips and Sean McArdle
    • 2001: 978-0789457240 at $4.49
    $14.99$4.49
    Harcourt Math 1 Practice Workbook
    • 2002: 978-0153204357 at $3.99.
    $11.95$4
    Reading & Math Jumbo Workbook: Grade 1 by Terry Cooper
    • 2005: 978-0439786003 at $4.99.
    $14.99$5
    Master Skills Reading, Grade 1
    • 1999: 978-1561890019 at $3.99.
    $6.95$3.99
    Jumpstart 1st Grade Jumbo Workboo by Duendes Del Sur
    • 2001: 978-0439164092 at $3.99.
    $14.99$4
    Brain Quest Workbook Grade 1 by Lisa Trumbauer
    • 2008: 978-0761149149 at $3.99.
    $12.95$4
    Assessment Tasks: Grade 1 by Nancy Gist and Becki Dios
    • Math: 978-1596731356 at $4.49.
    • Reading: 978-1596731394 at $4.49.
    $24.99$5
    Assessment Guide: Grade 1 (Harcourt Science)
    • 2002: 978-0153237058 at $4.99.
    NA$5
    Selection Assessments Grade 1 (McGraw-Hill Reading)
    • 2005: 978-0021869220 at $4.99.
    NA$5
    Scott Foresman Science: Grade 1 Assessment Book by Dr. Timothy Cooney
    • 2006: 978-0328126293 at $9.99.
    NA$10
    Harcourt Math Grade 1, Assessment Guide and Performance Assessment
    • 978-0153111785 at $6.99
    NA$7
    Open Court Reading Decodable Takehome Books: Level B, Set 1VariesVaries
    Open Court Reading and Writing Workbook Level 1 VariesVaries
    Open Court Reading Phonics Skills Workbook Grade 1
    • 2001: 978-0075720188 at $3.99.
    $19$4
    Open Court Reading Comprehension and Language Arts Skills Level 1 Workbook
    • 2002: 978-0075695165 at $5.99.
    $18$6
    Foro Abierto Para LA Lectura: Comprehension and Language Arts Skills Workbook, Grade 1 (Spanish)
    • 2002: 978-0075791676 at $3.99.
    NA$4
    Foro Abierto Para LA Lectura: Phonics Skills Workbook, Grade 1 (Spanish)
    • 2002: 978-0075792109 at $3.99.
    $30$4
    Foro Abierto Para LA Lectura: Student Anthology Vol. 1, Book 1, Grade 1 (Spanish)
    • 2002: 978-0075761327 at $5.99.
    $30$6


    Workbooks, Guide Books, and Assessment Resources for Second Grade:



    ResourceISBN-10, ISBN-13List PriceBest Online Price
    Second Grade Common Core: Workbook, Assessment Workbook, & Worksheets by CoreCommonStandards.com
    • Workbook: 978-1499121506 at $59
    • Assessment Workbook: 978-1495910425 at $43.
    • Worksheets: 978-1499121483 at $59.
    VariesVaries
    Second Grade Common Core Workbook Student Edition by Have Fun Teaching
    • 2015: 978-1508421450 at $15.
    $19$15
    Common Core 4 Today Workbooks Grade 2
    • Math: 978-1624426001 at $8.99.
    • Language: B00I28GRF4 at $11.90.
    VariesVaries
    Kumon Workbooks Grade 2
    • Reading: 978-1934968529 at $3.99.
    • Writing: 978-1935800583 at $7.95.
    • Math: 978-1934968406 at $4.49.
    • Addition: 978-1933241517 at $5.99.
    • Subtraction: 978-1933241524 at $4.99.
    • Geometry & Measurement: 978-1934968314 at $7.95.
    VariesVaries
    Second Grade Big Workbook
    • 1999: 978-0887431487 at $7.99.
    $12.99$8
    Math Common Core Reteaching and Practice Workbook Grade 2
    • 2011: 978-0328697595 at $11.99.
    NA$12
    Spectrum Math Workbook, Grade 2
    • 2014: 978-1483808703 at $8.99.
    $12$9
    Go Math! Assessment Guide, Grade 2, Common Core Edition
    • 2011: 978-0547391977 at $11.99.
    NA$12
    My Math Grade 2 Assessment Masters
    • 2013: 978-0021161799 at $18.
    NA$18
    TimeLinks: Second Grade, Complete Student Editon Set (All 5 Units) (Social Studies)
    • 2007: 978-0021525218 at $50.
    $66$50
    TimeLinks: Second Grade, Student Practice and Activity Workbook
    • 2007: 978-0021517381 at $5.99.
    NA$6
    Math Made Easy: Second Grade Workbook
    • 2001: 978-0789457288 at $4.49.
    $14.99$5
    Harcourt Math: Practice Workbook: Grade 2
    • 2002: 978-0153364747 at $4.99.
    $11.95$5
    Reading & Math Jumbo Workbook: Grade 2
    • 2005: 978-0439786010 at $11.99.
    $14.99$12
    Scholastic Success With Math Workbook Grade 2
    • 2010: 978-0545200707 at $7.99.
    • 2002: 978-0439419666 at $3.99.
    $3.99$3.99
    Master Skills Reading, Grade 2
    • 2012: 978-1609962562 at $7.95
    • 2000: 978-1561890422 at $3.99.
    $7.95$3.99
    Brighter Child Reading, Grade 2 Workbook
    • 2006: 978-0769676722 at $3.99.
    $3.99$3.99
    Jumpstart 2nd Grade Jumbo Workbook by Duendes Del Sur
    • 2001: 978-0439164139 at $3.99.
    $14.99$3.99
    Brain Quest Workbook Grade 2 by Liane Onish and Jill Swan
    • 2008: 978-0761149156 at $4.49.
    $12.95$5
    Math Assessment Tasks: Grade 2 by Nancy Gist and Becki Dios
    • 2006: 978-1596731363 at $11.99.
    $24.99$12
    Reading Assessment Tasks: Grade 2 by Nancy Gist and Becki Dios
    • 2006: 978-1596731400 at $5.99.
    $24.99$6
    Harcourt Math: Assessment Guide: Grade 2
    • 2003: 978-0153365386 at $4.99.
    $100$5
    Selection Assessments Grade 2 (McGraw-Hill Reading)
    • 2001: 978-0021869244 at $5.99.
    NA$6
    Scott Foresman Science: Grade 2 Assessment Book by Dr. Timothy Cooney and Barbara Foots
    • 2006: 978-0328126309 at $13.99.
    NA$14
    Harcourt Brace Math Advantage Grade 2, Performance Assessment: Teacher’s GuideNANA
    Reading and Writing Workbook Open Court Grade 2
    • 2000: 978-0028310657 at $3.99.
    $20$4
    Open Court Reading Inquiry Journal Level 2 by Carl Bereiter
    • 2000: 978-0028310015 at $3.99.
    $20$4
    Open Court Reading Comprehension and Language Arts Skills Workbook Level 2
    • 2002: 978-0075692447 at $3.99.
    $25$4
    Foro Abierto Para LA Lectura: Student Anthology Book 1, Grade 2 (Spanish)
    • 2002: 978-0075761389 at $3.99.
    $50$4
    Foro Abierto Para LA Lectura: Comprehension and Language Arts Skills Workbook, Grade 2 (Spanish)
    • 2002: 978-0075791706 at $3.99.
    $25$4


    Workbooks, Guide Books, and Assessment Resources for Third Grade:



    ResourceISBN-10, ISBN-13List PriceBest Online Price
    Third Grade Common Core: Workbook, Assessment Workbook, & Worksheets by CoreCommonStandards.com
    • Workbook Math 1: 978-1499148831 at $75
    • Workbook Math 2: 978-1499148893 at $54.
    • Workbook English: 978-1499149821 at $75.
    • Assessment Workbook: 978-1495910432 at $43.
    • Worksheets: 978-1499148770 at $45.
    VariesVaries
    Third Grade Common Core Workbook Student Edition by Have Fun Teaching
    • 2015: 978-1508422310 at $11.99.
    $19$12
    Common Core 4 Today Workbooks Grade 3
    • Math: B00INAX46Q at $11.99
    • Language: B00INAV7RE at $9.11.
    VariesVaries
    Common Core Assessments and Online Workbooks: Grade 3 PARCC Edition by Lumos Learning
    • Math: 978-1940484181 at $11.99.
    • Language:  978-1940484129 at $11.99.
    VariesVaries
    Kumon Workbooks Grade 3
    • Math: 978-1934968628 at $6.99.
    • Addition & Subtraction: 978-1933241531 at $5.99.
    • Multiplication: 978-1933241548 at $5.99.
    • Division: 978-1933241555 at $4.99.
    • Reading: 978-1934968772 at $3.99.
    • Writing: 978-1935800590 at $6.99
    VariesVaries
    Third Grade Big Workbook
    • 2013: B00E3YM3EA at $9.09.
    $12.99$9.09
    Math Common Core Reteaching and Practice Workbook Grade 3
    • 2012: 978-0328697601 at $11.90.
    $18.50$11.90
    Spectrum Workbooks, Grade 3
    • Math: 978-1483808710 at $7.99.
    • Reading: 978-1483812168 at $8.99
    VariesVaries
    Go Math! Assessment Guide, Grade 3, Common Core Edition
    • 2011: 978-0547586755 at $21.56.
    NA$21.56
    My Math Grade 3 Assessment Masters
    • 2013: 978-0021162093 at $15.23.
    NA$15.23
    Math Made Easy: Third Grade Workbook
    • 2001: 978-0789457295 at $4.99.
    $14.99$5
    Harcourt School Publishers Math: Practice Workbook Student Edition Grade 3
    • 2001: 978-0153364754 at $3.99.
    NA$4
    Reading & Math Jumbo Workbook: Grade 3 by Terry Cooper
    • 2005: 978-0439786027 at $4.99.
    $14.99$5
    Scholastic Success With Workbook Grade 3
    • Math: 978-0545200691 at $6.99.
    • Reading: 978-0545201032 at $5.99.
    • Grammar:  978-0545201056 at $5.99.
    VariesVaries
    Master Skills Reading, Grade 3
    • 2011: 978-1609962647 at $6.95
    • 1999: 978-1561890439 at $3.99.
    NA$3.99
    Brighter Child Reading, Grade 3 Workbook
    • 2006: 978-0769676739 at $3.99.
    $3.99$3.99
    Brain Quest Workbook Grade 3 by Janet A. Meyer
    • 2008: 978-0761149163 at $3.99.
    $12.95$4
    Harcourt Science Grade 3 Assessment Guide
    • 2005: 978-0153436291 at $24.50
    • 2002: 978-0153237072 at $5.99
    NA$6
    Harcourt Math Assessment Guide Grade 3
    • 2004: 978-0153206863 at $8.99.
    NA$9
    Harcourt Health and Fitness Grade 3 Assessment Guide
    • 2003: 978-0153390784 at $20.
    NA$20
    Your Health Assessment Guide Grade 3
    • 2003: 978-0153113451 at $7.99.
    NA$8
    Selection Assessments Teacher’s Annotated Edition Grade 3 (McGraw-Hill Reading)
    • 2001: 978-0021869275 at $3.99.
    NA$4
    Scott Foresman Science: Grade 3 Assessment Book by Dr. Timothy Cooney
    • 2006: 978-0328126316 at $16.99.
    NA$17
    Harcourt Trophies: Reading and Language Skills Assessment Grade 3
    • 2002 (Set): 978-0153249631 at $70.
    NA$70
    The Path to Math Success Assessment Guide Grade 3
    • 1998: 978-0382372971 at $3.99.
    NA$4
    Scott Foresman Mathematics Grade 3 Assessment Source Book
    • 978-0328055227 at $3.99.
    NA$4
    SRA Open Court Reading / Decodable Takehome Books/ Full Color Version / Level D Set 1
    • 2000: 978-0026839310 at $3.99.
    $20$4
    Open Court Reading and Writing Workbook Grade 3
    • 2000: 978-0028310664 at $3.99.
    $20$4
    Open Court Comprehension and Language Art Skills Workbook Level 3NA$17
    Foro Abierto Para LA Lectura: Student Anthology Book 1, Grade 3 (Spanish)
    • 2002: 978-0075761488 at $20.99.
    NA$21
    Foro Abierto Para LA Lectura: Comprehension and Language Arts Skills Workbook, Grade 3 (Spanish)
    • 2002: 978-0075791737 at $8.99.
    $50$9
    Foro Abierto Para LA Lectura: Inquiry Journal, Grade 3 (Spanish)
    • 2002: 978-0075792161 at $7.99.
    $20$8


    Workbooks, Guide Books, and Assessment Resources for Fourth Grade:



    ResourceISBN-10, ISBN-13List PriceBest Online Price
    Fourth Grade Common Core: Workbook, Assessment Workbook, & Worksheets by CoreCommonStandards.com
    • Workbook Math 1: 978-1499183825 at $62.
    • Workbook Math 2: 978-1499183900 at $64.
    • Workbook English 1: 978-1499182392 at $66.
    • Workbook English 2: 978-1499182996 at $66.
    • Assessment Workbook: 978-1495910470 at $20.
    • Worksheets: 978-1499181869 at $62.
    VariesVaries
    Fourth Grade Common Core Workbook Student Edition by Have Fun Teaching
    • 2015: 978-1508422495 at $15.
    $19$15
    Common Core 4 Today Workbooks Grade 4
    • Math: B00OQKTSN0 at $48.
    • Language Arts: B00G3E5MUA at $11.
    VariesVaries
    Common Core Assessments and Online Workbooks: Grade 4 PARCC Edition by Lumos Learning
    • Math: 978-1940484198 at $11.90.
    • Language: 978-1940484136 at $14.90.
    VariesVaries
    Kumon Workbooks Grade 4
    • Decimals & Fractions: 978-1933241586 at $4.49.
    • Multiplication: 978-1933241562 at $4.99.
    • Division: 978-1933241579 at $4.49.
    • Word Problems: 978-1934968390 at $6.49.
    • Geometry & Measurement:  978-1934968673 at $6.99.
    • Writing: 978-1935800606 at $6.99.
    • Reading: 978-1934968796 at $6.99.
    VariesVaries
    Big Third and Fourth Grade Workbook
    • 2002: 978-1589470170 at $11.90.
    NA$11.90
    Math Common Core Reteaching and Practice Workbook Grade 4
    • 2012: 978-0328697618 at $12.90.
    NA$12.90
    Spectrum Workbook, Grade 4
    • Math: 978-1483808727 at $7.99.
    • Reading: 978-1483812175 at $9.99.
    VariesVaries
    Go Math! Assessment Guide, Grade 4, Common Core Edition
    • 2011: 978-0547586861 at $32.62.
    NA$32.62
    My Math Grade 4 Assessment Masters
    • 2013: 978-0021162109 at $14.99.
    NA$15
    Math Made Easy: Fourth Grade Workbook
    • 2001: 978-0789457356 at $4.99.
    $14.99$5
    Harcourt Math 4 Practice Workbook
    • 2002: 978-0153364761 at $7.99.
    $11.95$7.99
    Reading & Math Jumbo Workbook: Grade 4
    • 2005: 978-0439786034 at $3.99.
    $14.99$4
    Scholastic Success With Math Workbook Grade 4
    • 2010: 978-0545200684 at $4.99.
    $5.99$4.99
    Master Skills Reading, Grade 4
    • 2011: 978-1561890040 at $6.95.
    $7.95$6.95
    Brighter Child Workbooks, Grade 4
    • English: 978-1483816456 at $4.99.
    • Math: 978-0769676142 at $3.99
    $4.99$3.99
    Brain Quest Workbook Grade 4 by Barbara Gregorich
    • 2008: 978-0761150183 at $3.99.
    $12.95$4
    Harcourt Grade 4 Assessment GuidesVariesVaries
    Selection Assessments Teacher’s Annotated Edition Grade 4 (McGraw-Hill Reading)
    • 2001: 978-0021869299 at $10.49.
    NA$11
    Scott Foresman Science: Grade 4 Assessment Book
    • 2006: 978-0328126323 at $19.95.
    NA$20
    Harcourt Trophies: Reading and Language Skills Assessment Grade 4
    • 2001: 978-0153249648 at $3.99.
    NA$4
    The Path to Math Success Assessment Guide Grade 4
    • 1998: 978-0382372988 at $4.99.
    NA$5
    Open Court Reading and Writing Workbook Grade 4
    • 2000: 978-0028310671 at $7.99.
    $20$8
    Open Court Reading Inquiry Journal Grade 4
    • 2001: 978-0075695677 at $3.99.
    $20$4
    Foro Abierto Para LA Lectura: Comprehension and Language Arts Skills Workbook, Grade 4 (Spanish)
    • 2002: 978-0075791768 at $7.99.
    $25$8
    Foro Abierto Para LA Lectura: Writer's Workbook, Grade 4 (Spanish)
    • 2002: 978-0075791973 at $19.99.
    $25$20


    Workbooks, Guide Books, and Assessment Resources for Fifth Grade:



    ResourceISBN-10, ISBN-13List PriceBest Online Price
    Fifth Grade Common Core: Workbook, Assessment Workbook, & Worksheets by CoreCommonStandards.com
    • Workbook Math 1: 978-1499232639 at $66.
    • Workbook Math 2: 978-1499232691 at $62.
    • Workbook English 1: 978-1499232318 at $68.
    • Workbook English 2: 978-1499232417 at $77.
    • Assessment Workbook: 978-1495912207 at $40.
    • Worksheets: 978-1499232004 at $66.
    VariesVaries
    Fifth Grade Common Core Workbook Student Edition by Have Fun Teaching
    • 2015: 978-1508422655 at $15.61.
    $19$15.61
    Common Core 4 Today Workbooks Grade 5
    • Math: B00G3E5JMQ at $10.90.
    • Language: B00G3E5NFE at $10.90.
    VariesVaries
    Common Core Assessments and Online Workbooks: Grade 5 PARCC Edition by Lumos Learning
    • Math: 978-1940484204 at $11.90.
    • Language: 978-1940484143 at $7.90.
    VariesVaries
    Kumon Workbooks Grade 5
    • Decimals & Fractions: 978-1933241593 at $5.99.
    • Word Problems: 978-1934968383 at $5.95.
    • Geometry & Measurement: 978-1934968666 at $4.95.
    • Reading: 978-1934968956 at $4.49.
    • Writing: 978-1935800613 at $6.99.
    VariesVaries
    Math Common Core Reteaching and Practice Workbook Grade 5
    • 2011: 978-0328697625 at $8.99.
    $13.75$8.99
    Spectrum Math/Reading Workbook, Grade 5
    • Math: 978-1483808734 at $8.99.
    • Reading: 978-1483812182 at $8.99.
    VariesVaries
    My Math Grade 5 Assessment Masters
    • 2013: 978-0021162116 at $14.99.
    NA$14.99
    Math Made Easy: Fifth Grade Workbook
    • 2001: 978-0789457417 at $3.99.
    $14.99$4
    Harcourt Math 5 Practice Workbook
    • 2002: 978-0153364846 at $5.99.
    NA$6
    Scholastic Success With Math Workbook Grade 5
    • 2011: 978-0545200677 at $4.99.
    $5.99$4.99
    Master Skills Reading, Grade 5
    • 2011: 978-1609962661 at $6.99.
    $7.95$7
    Brighter Child Workbooks, Grade 5
    • English & Grammar: 978-1483816463 at $4.99.
    • Math: 978-1483804682 at $7.99
    VariesVaries
    Harcourt Science Grade 5 Assessment GuideVariesVaries
    Selection Assessments Teacher’s Annotated Edition Grade 5 (McGraw-Hill Reading)
    • 2001: 978-0021869312 at $3.99.
    NA$4
    Scott Foresman Science: Grade 5 Assessment Book
    • 2006: 978-0328126330 at $12.41.
    NA$12.41
    Harcourt Brace Math Advantage Grade 5, Performance Assessment: Teacher’s Guide
    • 1998: 978-0153111822 at $14.99.
    NA$15
    Harcourt Trophies: Reading and Language Skills Assessment  Grade 5
    • 2002: 978-0153322044 at $49.
    NA$49
    The Path to Math Success Assessment Guide Grade 5
    • 1998: 978-0382372995 at $9.99.
    NA$10
    Assessment Options Grade 5 United States History: Early Years (History-Social Science) - Houghton Mifflin
    • 2005: 978-0618618293 at $95.
    NA$95
    Harcourt Assessment  and Workbooks Grade 5VariesVaries
    Science Assessment Macmillan Grade 5
    • 2008: 978-0022842499 at $150.
    NA$150
    Open Court Reading and Writing Workbook Grade 5
    • 2000: 978-0028310688 at $3.99.
    $20$4
    Open Court Reading Inquiry Journal Grade 5
    • 2002: 978-0075695684 at $3.99.
    $18$4
    Open Court Reading Writer's Workbook Grade 5
    • 2002: 978-0075695493 at $3.99.
    $10$4
    SRA Foro abierto para la lectura (Nivel 5) Spanish
    • 2002: 978-0075762348 at $7.99.
    $50$8
    Foro Abierto Para LA Lectura: Comprehension and Language Arts Skills Workbook, Grade 5
    • 2002: 978-0075791799 at $4.99.
    $25$5


    General guidebooks, workbooks, and Assessment Books that apply to multiple elementary levels:



    ResourceISBN-10, ISBN-13List PriceBest Online Price
    Common Core Curriculum: Grades K-5
    • English: 978-1118811351 at $18.88.
    • US History K-2: 978-1118526262 at $17.04.
    • US History 3-5: 978-1118526965 at $16.47.
    • World History K-2: 978-1118835128 at $17.39.
    • World History 3-5: 978-1118835241 at $17.47.
    VariesVaries
    Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades K-5: English Language Arts Strategies by Maria G. Dove and Andrea M. Honigsfeld
    • 2013: 978-1452257822 at $14.62.
    $29.95$14.62
    The Common Core Lesson Book, K-5: Working with Increasingly Complex Literature, Informational Text, and Foundational Reading Skills by Gretchen Owocki
    • 2013: 978-0325048055 at $28.50.
    $36.88$28.50
    The Common Core Writing Book, K-5: Lessons for a Range of Tasks, Purposes, and Audiences by Gretchen Owocki
    • 2013: 978-0325048055 at $28.50.
    $36.88$28.50
    Common Core Grammar Toolkit, The: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Language Standards in Grades 3-5 by Sean Ruday
    • 2013: 978-1596672475 at $31.50.
    $34.95$31.50
    Mapping Comprehensive Units to the ELA Common Core Standards, K-5 by Kathy Tuchman Glass
    • 2012: 978-1452217307 at $4.95.
    $41.95$4.95
    Summer Bridge Activities Grade K-5
    • Grade K-1: 978-1483815800 at $8.99.
    • Grade 1-2: 978-1483815817 at $8.99.
    • Grade 2-3: 978-1483815824 at $8.99.
    • Grade 3-4: 978-1483815831 at $8.99.
    • Grade 4-5: 978-1483815848 at $8.99.
    VariesVaries
    Number Talks: Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies, Grades K 5 Updated with Common Core Connections by Sherry Parrish
    • 2014: 978-1935099659 at $50.
    $75$50
    The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded:What They Say, What They Mean, How to Teach Them
    • Grades K-2: 978-1483349879 at $22.
    • Grades 3-5: 978-1483349855 at $25.
    VariesVaries
    Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School by Rebecca Rupp
    • 2000: 978-0609805855 at $6.99.
    $14.95$7
    The Complete Home Learning Source Book: The Essential Resource Guide for Homeschoolers, Parents, and Educators Covering Every Subject from Arithmetic to Zoology by Rebecca Rupp
    • 1998: 978-0609801093 at $4.99.
    $29.95$5
    The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas: 500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12 by Linda Dobson
    • 2002: 978-0761563600 at $4.99.
    $16.95$5
    The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise
    • 2009: 978-0393067088 at $16.68.
    $39.95$17
    102 Top Picks For Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy
    • 2014: 978-0929320199 at $16.21.
    $23.99$16.21
    The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start by Linda Dobson
    • 2001: 978-0761527886 at $4.49.
    $16.95$5
    The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World As Your Child's Classroom by Mary Griffith
    • 1998: 978-0761512769 at $6.99.
    $16.95$7
    Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto and Thomas Moore
    • 2002: 978-0865714489 at $7.97.
    $12.95$8
    Home Schooling for Dummies by Jennifer Kaufeld
    • 2001: 078-5555087118 at $3.99.
    $19.99$4
    Hooked on Phonics: Learn to Read K-2 deluxe set
    • 2005: 071-3974010011 at $265.
    $299.99$265
    3-Minute Reading Assessments: Word Recognition, Fluency, and Comprehension: Grades 1-4 by Timothy V. Rasinski and Nancy Padak
    • 2005: 978-0439650892 at $6.99.
    $14.99$7
    Mathematics Assessment Sampler, Grades 3-5: Items Aligned with Nctm's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics
    • 2005: 978-0873535793 at $3.99.
    $45$4
    Mathematics Assessment Sampler, Prekindergarten-Grade 2: Items Aligned with Nctm's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics by Deann Huinker and NCTM
    • 2006: 978-0873535915 at $3.99.
    $42$4


    Frugal Tip: Previous versions of some textbooks are much more affordable compared to the latest version and inn many cases, the content is not substantively different. To make an informed purchase decision, your best bet is to check with the instructor.



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