Kindergarten Curriculum

  • English Language ArtsCourse Title: English Language Arts

    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: 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 

    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 Title: Math

    Department: Math  |  Grade Level: Kindergarten  
    Time Per Day/Week: 30 minutes/daily/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

    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 

    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 and important people, including past and current government leaders. Economic concepts and map skills are interwoven into other subject areas.
     

    art

    Course Title: Art

    Department: Art | Grade Level: Kindergarten

    Time Per Day/Week: 30 minutes biweekly | Length of Course: Year

    Primary Resources: https://www.nationalartsstandards.org/

    Units of Study:

      • Drawing
      • Painting
      • Cutting and Pasting
      • Clay
      • Fiber Arts

    Curriculum Based Assessments: Formal assessments through observation and oral responses. 

    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description of Course: Grade K is aligned with the National Core Art standards: creating, presenting, responding and connecting. Kindergarten art is composed of the following content areas: drawing, painting, cutting and pasting, clay and fiber arts. Kindergarten will be encouraged to foster a continuing appreciation, keen interest and enthusiasm for the visual arts through active participation and informed application. Students will be introduced to and will identify works of art and artists from other cultures and time periods.  Kindergarten will be able to describe and identify different types of art and techniques.