KINDERGARTEN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND LITERACY - COMMON CORE STANDARDS
In kindergarten, students will continue to reinforce their alphabet knowledge and the basic features of letters and words. They will break down spoken and written words into syllables, letters and sounds. These important skills will enable your child to learn new words and to read and understand simple books and stories. Students will also learn to write and share information in a variety of ways, including drawing, writing letters and words, listening to others, and speaking aloud.
Activities in these areas will include:
- Naming and writing upper and lowercase letters
- Matching letters to sounds
- Learning strategies to figure out unfamiliar words when reading and writing
- Learning and using new words
- Identifying words that rhyme
- Reading common words such as the, of, you, are, she, and my
- Asking and answering questions about a story the teacher reads aloud
- Identifying characters, settings, and major events in a story
- Recognizing the person, place, thing, or idea that an illustration shows
- Participating in discussions by listening and taking turns speaking
- Using a combination of drawing, speaking, and writing to describe an event, give information about a topic, or share an opinion
- Taking part in shared reading, writing, and research projects
- Expressing thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly
In kindergarten, students will read fictional stories and poems. Additionally, they will read informational texts about history, the world, science, and other areas.
Writing tasks in kindergarten may include short compositions that tell a story, share an opinion, or present information. Please review the grid below to see a few examples of how your child will develop important writing skills across grade levels.
This overview for English Language Arts provided by the Council of the Great City Schools, reflects how the Common Core State Standards have guided our development of a rich and comprehensive curriculum for our students.