• Kindergarten Language Arts –
    Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing

     

    PREREQUISITE:  N/A

     

    DESCRIPTION: The kindergarten student will be immersed in a print-rich environment to develop oral language skills, phonological awareness, print awareness, vocabulary, comprehension, and an appreciation for literature. The reading of fiction and nonfiction selections will enable students to develop an awareness of print materials as sources of information and enjoyment. The kindergarten student will have the opportunity to use words that describe people, places, and events. The student will recognize and print letters of the alphabet, use the basic phonetic principles of identifying and writing beginning sounds, identify story elements, and communicate ideas through pictures and writing.

     

    MAIN TOPICS: Oral Language

    Listen to a wide variety of fiction, non-fiction, poems, and trade books (commercial books).

    Use descriptive words or words that name people, places, things.

    Ask how and why questions in different curricula areas.

    Begin to follow implicit rules for conversation such as taking turns and staying on topic.

    Listen to and speak in informal conversations with peers and adults.

    Hear, say, and manipulate phonemes (small units of sound) of spoken language.

    Discriminate between spoken sentences, words, and syllables.

    Recognize similarities and differences in beginning and ending sounds of words.

    Produce beginning and ending sounds in words.

    Blend sounds orally to make a word or syllable.

    Divide one syllable words into sounds (phonemes).

    Identify and generate rhyming words.

     

                       Reading

    Hold print materials in the correct position. Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book. Follow words from left to right and top to bottom on a printed page. Match voice with print.

    Understand that print has meaning and provides information for the reader.

    Read his/her given name.

    Read twenty high-frequency sight words.

    Name uppercase and lowercase letters in isolation in sequential order and in random order.

    Develop an understanding of basic phonetic principles.

    Identify beginning consonants in single-syllable words.

    Use pictures to make predictions about story content.

    Read familiar text with accuracy.

    Understand the elements of a story (characters, setting, events) and begin to analyze these elements for meaning.

    Retell familiar stories using beginning, middle, and end.

    Use story language in discussions and retellings.

    Identify what an author does and what an illustrator does.

     

                       Writing

    Print his/her first and last name using correct letter formation.

    Print uppercase and lowercase letters independently.

    Write top to bottom and left to right.

    Draw pictures and/or use letters and phonetically spelled words to write about experiences, stories, people, objects, or events.

    Write simple sentences.

    Understand writing mechanics (capital letters, spacing, punctuation).

    Explore the uses of available technology for reading and writing.
     

    COURSE TITLE:  Reading – Grade 1

     

    PREREQUISITE:  N/A

     

    DESCRIPTION: Reading is the priority in first grade. The first grade student will be immersed in a print-rich environment to develop an awareness of print materials as sources of information and enjoyment. The student will use a variety of strategies, including phonics, to read new words. The student will read familiar selections aloud with fluency and expression.  The student will continue to develop an understanding of character, setting, theme, and story sequence by reading and discussing a variety of texts. Vocabulary and comprehension will increase as the student reads and responds to different printed materials. The student will demonstrate comprehension of fiction and nonfiction through classroom discussion and retelling. The student will become an independent reader by the end of the first grade.

     

    MAIN TOPICS: Reading Competencies

     

    Demonstrate knowledge of how print is organized and read

    ·    Read from top to bottom and from left to right

    ·    Match voice to print

    ·    Identify letters, words and sentences

    ·    Understand  that print provides information and makes sense

    Decoding Strategies

    ·   Apply phonetic principles to reading

    ·   Use beginning / ending consonants, vowel sounds, blends, and diagraphs to read single-syllable words

    ·   Blend beginning, middle, and ending sounds to read and recognize words

    ·   Use word patterns to read words

    ·   Integrate phonetic strategies, meaning clues, and language structure when reading

    Fluency

    ·   Automatically read assigned high-frequency sight words

    ·   Read familiar stories, poems or passages with fluency and expression

    ·   Read with accuracy and self-correct when necessary

    Vocabulary

    ·   Develop and expand listening and speaking vocabulary

    ·         Use words to describe location, size, colors, shape, actions, people, places and things

    ·   Ask about words that are not understood

    Comprehension

    ·    Read and comprehend a variety of fiction and nonfiction selections

    ·    Set a purpose for reading

    ·    Make predictions

    ·    Self-monitor when text doesn’t make sense

    ·    Retell stories and events

    ·    Ask and answer questions about what was read

    ·    Identify the theme or main idea of a reading selection

    Reference

    ·     Use simple reference materials
     
     

                     COURSE TITLE: Reading – Grade 2                             

    PREREQUISITE:  N/A

     

    DESCRIPTION: Reading continues to be a priority in second grade. The student will be immersed in a print-rich environment, filled with fiction and nonfiction selections, which relate to all areas of the curriculum and interest. The student is an active participant in reading. Comprehension strategies will be applied in all subjects, as the student is asked to identify main ideas, to make and confirm predictions, and to formulate questions about learning in all subjects.

     

    MAIN TOPICS: Reading Competencies

     

    Decoding Strategies
    ·    Apply phonetic strategies when reading
    ·    Use knowledge of consonants, consonant blends, consonant diagraphs, and common vowel patterns to read words
    ·    Use knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, simple abbreviations, contractions and singular possessives when reading
    ·    Read regular multi-syllabic words
    ·    Use meaning clues and language clues when reading
    Fluency
    ·    Automatically read assigned sight words
    ·    Read words accurately at the appropriate rate
    ·    Read with expression
    ·    Reread and self-correct when necessary
    Vocabulary
    ·    Use language structure to expand vocabulary when reading
    ·    Use knowledge of antonyms, synonyms, prefixes, suffixes, contractions, singular possessives, and simple abbreviations
    Comprehension
    ·    Read and comprehend a variety of fiction and nonfiction selections
    ·    Make connections between what is read to previous experiences
    ·    Set a purpose for reading
    ·    Make and confirm predictions
    ·    Self-monitor when text doesn’t make sense
    ·    Describe characters, setting, and important events in fiction and poetry
    ·    Identify the problem, solution, and main idea of a reading selection
    ·    Ask and answer questions about what was read
    ·    Locate information to answer questions
    Reference
    ·    Demonstrate comprehension of  information in reference material
    Use table of contents
     
     
    COURSE TITLE: Reading – Grade 3

     PREREQUISITE:  N/A

     

    DESCRIPTION: Reading continues to be a priority in third grade. The student will read a variety of fiction and nonfiction literature, which relates to all areas of the curriculum.  The student is an active participant in reading. Reading comprehension strategies will be applied in all subject areas. In addition, the student will gather and use information from print and non-print sources.

     

    MAIN TOPICS: Reading Competencies

     

    Decoding Strategies

    ·         Apply word-analysis skills when reading and writing

    ·         Use knowledge of all vowel patterns and homophones

    ·         Read regular multi-syllabic words

    Fluency

    ·         Read fiction and nonfiction fluently and accurately

    ·         Read words accurately at the appropriate rate

    ·         Read with expression

    ·         Reread and self-correct when necessary

    Vocabulary

    ·         Use specific vocabulary to communicate ideas

    ·         Use context to clarify unfamiliar words

    ·         Use vocabulary from other content areas

    Comprehension

    ·    Apply meaning clues, language structure, and phonetic strategies to read fiction and non-fiction materials

    ·         Set a purpose for reading

    ·         Make, confirm, and revise predictions

    ·         Self-monitor when text doesn’t make sense

    ·         Ask and answer questions about what was read

    ·         Draw conclusions

    ·         Make connections between reading selections and previous experiences

    ·         Compare and contrast settings, characters, and events

    ·         Summarize major points found in fiction and non-fiction

    ·         Organize information or events logically

    ·         Demonstrate comprehension of information from a variety of print resources

    Reference

    ·         Use dictionary, glossary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, and other reference books

    ·         Use electronic resources
     
     

    COURSE TITLE:  Reading – Grade 4

     

    PREREQUISITE: N/A

     

    DESCRIPTION: In fourth grade, reading skills support an increased emphasis on content-area learning and utilization of resources in the media center, especially to locate and read primary sources of information. A significant percentage of reading material will relate to the study of math, science, history and social science. The student will also read classical and contemporary literature selections by a variety of authors. The student is an active participant in reading. The student will use text organizers, summarize information, formulate questions, and draw conclusions to demonstrate reading comprehension.

     

    MAIN TOPICS: Reading Competencies

     

    Fluency

    ·         Read fiction and nonfiction fluently and accurately

    ·         Read words accurately at the appropriate rate

    ·         Read with expression

    ·         Reread and self-correct when necessary

    Vocabulary

    ·         Use specific vocabulary to communicate ideas

    ·         Use context to clarify meaning of unfamiliar words

    ·         Explain words with multiple meanings

    ·         Use knowledge of word origins: synonyms, antonyms, and  homonyms; and multiple meaning words

    Comprehension

    ·         Explain the author’s purpose

    ·         Self-monitor when text doesn’t make sense

    ·         Identify major events and supporting details

    ·         Read and demonstrate comprehension of fiction and nonfiction

    ·         Describe the relationship between the text in fiction and previously read materials

    ·         Describe the relationship between the content of nonfiction text and previously learned concepts or skills.

    ·         Use text organizers such as type, headings, and graphics to predict and categorize information

    ·         Make inferences and draw conclusions from text including constructing questions about a topic and collecting, evaluating and synthesizing information

    Reference

    ·         Use word reference materials including the glossary, dictionary, and thesaurus

    ·         Demonstrate comprehension of  information resources, including electronic resources, to research a topic
     
     
    COURSE TITLE: Reading – Grade 5
     PREREQUISITE: N/A

     

    DESCRIPTION:  In fifth grade, reading skills continue to support an increased emphasis on content-area learning and utilization of resources in the media center, especially to locate and read primary sources of information. The student will read texts in all subjects and will acquire information to answer questions, generate hypotheses, make inferences, support opinions, confirm predictions, and formulate conclusions. The student is an active participant in reading. The fifth grade student will continue to develop an appreciation for literature by reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction selections.

     

    MAIN TOPICS: Reading Competencies

     

    Fluency

    ·         Read fiction and nonfiction fluently and accurately

    ·         Read words accurately at the appropriate rate

    ·         Read with expression

    ·         Reread and self-correct when necessary

    Vocabulary

    ·         Use context to clarify meaning of unfamiliar words

    ·         Use knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes

    ·         Describe how the author’s choice of vocabulary and style contribute to the quality and enjoyment of selections

    Comprehension

    ·         Read and demonstrate comprehension of fiction and nonfiction

    ·         Describe the relationship between the text in fiction and previously read materials

    ·         Describe character and plot development

    ·         Describe the characteristics of free verse, rhymed, and patterned poetry

    ·         Use text organizers such as type headings and graphics to predict and categorize informational text

    ·         Locate information to support opinions, predictions, and conclusions

    ·         Identify cause-and-effect relationships and compare and contrast relationships

    Reference

    ·         Develop notes that include important concepts, summaries and identification of information resources

    ·         Organize information on charts, maps, and graphs

    ·         Use electronic resources