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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

36 weeks

Overview

The Elementary English Language Arts Kindergarten course provides students with foundational reading skills, reading comprehension strategies, writing and grammar skills, and speaking and listening skills. Students will learn to identify, match, segment, blend, and change the sounds they hear in words with a consonant-vowel-consonant pattern. Students will learn how to use the basic sounds for consonants and the long and short vowel sounds to decode words when reading. Students will also learn how to use reading comprehension strategies to better understand literature and informative texts. Students will be taught basic grammar skills, such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, and pronouns. Students will participate in planning, drawing, and writing informative, narrative, and opinion writing compositions throughout the course.

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Course Requirements

A pupil may enter kindergarten if his/her chronological age will be five before October 1st of the year of entering school. For a complete description of the policy, please see Policy JEB Age of Entrance.

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

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Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One

  • Introduction of the alphabet
  • Parts of words
  • Beginning and end sounds in words
  • Rhyme
  • Syllables
  • Identifying the onset and rime in words
  • Identifying letters and sounds
  • Difference between letters and words
  • Uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Reading directionality
  • Spaces between words
  • Sight words
  • Word families
  • Asking and answering questions about key details
  • Main topic and key details
  • Making connections
  • Question words
  • Meaning of unknown words
  • Retelling familiar stories using key details
  • Characters, settings, and order of events in literature
  • Literature text types
  • Authors and illustrators
  • Parts of a book
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Order words
  • Author’s point
  • Nouns
  • Adjectives
  • Verbs
  • Capitalizing a person’s name
  • Singular and plural words
  • Direction words
  • Pronouns
  • Categories
  • New meanings for familiar words
  • Shades of meaning
  • Handwriting for upper and lowercase letters
  • Correct way to hold a pencil
  • Writing a first name
  • Detailed drawings
  • Drawing progression
  • Labeling drawings
  • Writing the first letter in words
  • Spelling words using familiar sounds
  • Informative, narrative or opinion writing on a topic
  • Writing Process

Segment Two

  • Identifying and matching middle sounds in words
  • Blending and segmenting onset and rime
  • Blending sounds in words
  • Segmenting sounds in words
  • Adding phonemes to words
  • Deleting phonemes from words
  • Changing sounds to make new words
  • Identifying letter and sounds
  • Long vowel sounds
  • Digraphs
  • Sight words
  • Word families
  • Retelling key details
  • Asking and answering questions about key details
  • Characters, setting, and events
  • Unknown words to determine meaning
  • Main topic and key details
  • Connections within a text
  • Relationships between words and illustrations
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Author’s point and reasons
  • Synonyms
  • Prefixes
  • Suffixes
  • Root words
  • Prepositions
  • Verbs
  • Antonyms
  • Past and future tense
  • Plural nouns
  • New meanings for familiar words
  • Prefixes
  • Suffixes
  • Spelling strategies
  • Handwriting for the upper and lowercase letters
  • Parts of a sentence
  • Punctuation
  • Writing complete sentences
  • Informative, narrative, or opinion writing on a topic
  • Writing Process

Credits 1

Competencies

  • Building Foundations: Letters and Words
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of recognizing and using words by naming the letters and sounds of the alphabet, combining letters to read and say words, beginning to recognize sight words, and using words to ask questions and tell someone about a topic.
  • Making Connections: Asking and Answering Questions
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the connection between individuals, events, ideas, and pieces of information in a text by listening to or reading a text, asking and answering questions about the text, and using drawings to retell the story. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Recognizing Types of Literature
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of different types of literature by identifying storybooks, poems, and wordless books, and explaining the ways they are different and the same. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Parts of a Book: The Roles of Authors and Illustrators
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the parts of a book by naming the author and illustrator and explaining the role of each in telling the story. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Relationships in a Story
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of relationships in a story by describing two different characters and their connection to one another, explaining how they are the same and different, and comparing and contrasting their adventures and experiences. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Similarities and Differences: Comparing and Contrasting Stories on the Same Topic
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of similarities and differences in texts by comparing and contrasting two texts on the same topic. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Finding Key Details in a Familiar Story
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of key details of a story by using drawings and words to retell a familiar story. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Identifying the Main Idea and Key Details in New Information
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of identifying the main idea of new information by listening to or reading an informational text, identifying the main topic, and using drawings or writing to list the key details that support the topic. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Sharing an Opinion
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of opinion writing by learning about a topic, using drawings and sentences to show what they think about the topic, and using drawings and sentences to list reasons for their opinion. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Sharing Information
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of informative writing by listening to or reading information about a topic, identifying the key points, and using drawings and sentences to share details about the topic. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Using Narrative Elements
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of narrative elements by using drawings or sentences to create an original story. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Listening
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of listening for understanding by listening to a story or passage, sharing the main ideas, answering questions about key details, and asking questions if something is not understood. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.

Pre-Requisites

None

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