• Kindergarten Curriculum


    Business & Technology Book

    Course Title: Kindergarten Introduction to Coding  Department: Business/Technology
    Grade Level: Kindergarten  
    Length of Course: 4 Weeks
    Primary Resources: code.org
    Units of Study:
    Unit 1: Happy Maps [U]
    Unit 2: Move It, Move It [U]
    Unit 3: Jigsaw: Learn to drag and drop
    Unit 4: Maze: Sequence
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Successful completion of each lesson.
    Standardized Assessments: N/A
    Description of Course: 
    Students create computer programs with loops and events and write algorithms for everyday tasks. Through this, they learn to collaborate with others meaningfully, investigate different problem-solving techniques, persist in the face of difficult tasks, and learn about Internet safety. By the end of this course, students create their very own custom game or story that they can share. Students starting in Course 1 will be early-readers in the lower elementary grades. Some areas of focus include Early-readers, Sequences, Loops and events, Meaningful collaboration with others, Problem-solving and perseverance techniques and Internet safety.

    Business TechCourse Title: Kindergarten Safety/Digital Learning  Department: Business/Technology

    Grade Level: Kindergarten  
    Length of Course: 3 Weeks
    Primary Resources:
    Units of Study:
    Unit 1: Digital Safety
    Unit 2: Digital Security Skills & Practices
    Unit 3: "Dot & i"  Straight-Up Safety Talk

    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Online Pre and Post Assessment
    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description of Course: 
    Curriculum scope is topically comprehensive and provides a unique approach to digital citizenship and e-Safety education by meaningfully integrating current research with best practices in pedagogy and instructional design. Lessons are aligned to Common Core State Standards and ISTE/NETS standards. Instructional materials are compliant with Accessibility Standards.
    English Language ArtsCourse Title: ELA--Grade K  Department: English Language Arts
    Grade Level: Kindergarten  
    Time Per Day/Week: 15-60 minutes/day    Length of Course: Year
    Primary Resources: Reading Wonders, McGraw-Hill
    Units of Study:
    Unit 1: Word Study (Phonics)
    Unit 2: Reading
    Unit 3: Writing
    Unit 4: Grammar
    Unit 5: Speaking/Listening
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Observation, Progress Monitoring, Report Card Indicators
    Standardized Assessments: STAR 360 Early Literacy
    Description of Course: 
    Kindergarten English Language Arts (ELA) consists of phonics, reading, writing, grammar and speaking/listening. Phonics instruction is based on the key components of the letter and sound recognition, rhyming, phoneme blending, decoding and encoding three-letter words, progressing towards identifying and producing digraph sounds and long vowel words, CVC-e words. Reading instruction is based on print awareness and exposure to reading, understanding and responding to informational text and various genres of literature with an emphasis on high-frequency words, comprehension, making connections among ideas and making connections between texts. Writing instruction includes sentence structure: letter formation, writing left to right, spacing, beginning a capital letter and end punctuation. Additionally, students are introduced to basic grammar skills and writing in a variety of genres including narrative, informative, and persuasive writing opportunities. Speaking and listening instruction includes participating in group discussions, asking and answering questions, and sharing experiences.

    LibraryCourse Title: Library - Kindergarten  Department: Library
    Grade Level: Kindergarten  
    Time Per Day/Week: 30 minutes a week   Length of Course: Year
    Primary Resources: Varied non-fiction and fiction (picture) books as appropriate for lessons
    Units of Study:
    Unit 1: Library Orientation/Use of Library
    Unit 2: Book Selection
    Unit 3: Responding to Literature
    Unit 4: Elements of Literature

    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Students complete various text-to-self and demonstration of knowledge and understanding assessments throughout the year.

    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description of Course:
    In Kindergarten library students learn to choose materials related to personal interests and reading levels. Students are guided throughout the school year in this process. Students are exposed to a variety of reading materials and are encouraged to self-select desired books each week.  Basic library rules and procedures are emphasized throughout the year. In addition, the parts of a book such as a title, spine, author, and illustrator are discussed as well as basic literary elements of character and setting.  The overall organization of the library is emphasized in order to assist students in finding the desired materials each week.

    Math TextbookCourse TitleMath - Kindergarten   Department: Math
    Grade Level: Kindergarten  
    Time Per Day/Week: 30 minutes/daily and 5 days a week   Length of Course: Year
    Primary Resources: My Math, McGraw-Hill
    Units of Study:
    Unit 1: Counting and Cardinality
    Unit 2: Operations and Algebraic Thinking
    Unit 3:  Numbers and Operations in Base 10
    Unit 4:  Geometry
    Unit 5:  Measurement and Data
    Unit 6:  Calendar Math
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: STAR 360, Topic Tests
    Standardized Assessments: N/A
    Description of Course: 
    In Unit 1, numbers can be used to represent and count quantities. Students will use one-to-one correspondence to match one object to one number or one object.  In Unit 2, students will use addition to find a sum and use subtraction to find the difference. In Unit 3, students will use the base 10 number system to organize, represent, and compare numbers. Students will use place value to determine the value of a digit within a number.  In Unit 4, students will analyze, compare, create, and compose patterns and two and three-dimensional shapes. In Unit 5, length, mass, and capacities of objects can be classified and represented. In Unit 6, students will recognize and sequence days, dates, and months. Students will understand and use the terms today, tomorrow, and yesterday.

    ScienceCourse Title: Science-Grade K  Department: Science
    Grade Level: Kindergarten  
    Time Per Day/Week: Six 30 minute lessons/quarter   Length of Course: Year
    Primary Resources: Amplify Science
    Units of Study: 
    Unit 1: Living Things
    Curriculum Based Assessments: Science Journal and teacher observation
    Standardized Assessments: N/A
    Description of Course: 
    Kindergarten science is an introductory unit to the scientific method, collecting data, and recording observations. This unit focuses on living, growing organisms-specifically trees.  Students learn and illustrate how a tree changes from season to season. The students will learn the basic needs and life cycle of a tree. Through hands-on learning, students identify the parts and age of a tree.  They also use science-based stations and modules to identify different leaf and tree shapes/sizes. Students name living and nonliving products of a tree and how to protect its natural resources. Students identify and explain the importance of how a tree impacts our lives and provides animal homes and habitats.  Learning is displayed through a student-friendly science journal.  Grade K science is aligned with PA Academic and Core Standards.
    Social Studies
    Course Title: Social Studies Kindergarten  Department: Social Studies 

    Grade Level: Kindergarten  
    Time Per Week: At least 15-30 minutes/2 days per week   Length of Course: Throughout the year
    Primary Resources: Variety of reading aloud and picture books
    Units of Study:
    Unit 1: Citizenship- Home and School
    Unit 2: Communities - Civics and History- Patriotism
    Unit 3: Cultures- Our Holidays and Celebrations
    Unit 4: Economics- Money and Me, Unit 5: Geography and Map Skills

    Curriculum-Based Assessments: N/A
    Standardized Assessments: N/A
    Description of Course: 
    Kindergarten social studies are taught throughout the school year following calendar events.  School procedures and rules start our year off and we learn about many holidays and history as the year progresses. Through authentic texts and projects, students are exposed to US history, important people including past and current government leaders. Economic concepts and map skills are interwoven into other subject areas.