Perritt Primary

Kindergarten Curriculum




Literacy Math Science Social Studies MAT 8 Testing


The classrooms here at Perritt are Balanced Literacy classrooms.  The daily literacy block is divided into Phonics, Guided Reading, Shared Reading, Read Alouds and Writing times.

Phonetic Connections is a Benchmark Education Company product used during our phonics time.  It uses research-based, standards-aligned literacy materials for Grades K-8 students, including gifted, on-level, and struggling readers; students with learning disabilities; and English-language learners. Products complement core curriculums and help teachers take each learner on a different road to academic success.

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Phonics skills:






























Word Families

AssessmentDIBELS is used at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the year to assess early literacy skills.  Children who do not make benchmarks are progressed monitored using DIBELS to ensure benchmarks are met and maintained.  
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A Guided Reading approach to teaching reading is used.  The teacher chooses material for children to read and a purpose for reading, and then guides them to use reading strategies needed for that material and that purpose.  The materials are chosen based on the groups reading levels.  Guidance is provided in small group of 3 to 6 children. While guided reading lessons are being taught the rest of the class is busy at literacy centers.  Guided Reading is always focused on comprehension.  Children learn to predict what might happen or what they might learn.  They learn about the story elements of characters, setting, and plot, and they learn how to organize and compare information learned from informational text.    


Kindergarten Literacy
 Curriculum Pacing Guides

1st Nine Weeks
2nd Nine Weeks
3rd Nine Weeks

4th Nine Weeks


Reading Skills

 Assessment:  The DRA is used at the end of the year to determine reading level.  Running Records are used throughout the year to track reading levels.

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A Writer's Workshop approach to teaching writing is used.  The Writer's Workshop includes a Mini-lesson, Status of the class, Writing & Conferencing, and Sharing & Author's Chair. Children write daily during the Writer's Workshop time and with the teachers guidance take their stories through the writing process.

Skills Taught:
ContentPlanning, Topic, Beginning, Middle, End, Describing
StyleInteresting Words, Word usage; contractions, compound words, homophones, words that make sounds
Sentence Formation:  Complete sentences, Word order
Usage:  Subject/Verb agreement 
Mechanics:  Capitalization, Punctuation, Spelling


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Shared Reading is used to teach comprehension skills.  This approach uses a whole group setting.  Big Books and other literature are chosen by science, social studies, or other topics of interest.   

Comprehension Skills Taught:  
Accessing Prior Knowledge 
Making Connections:  Text to Text, Text to Self, Text to World
Questioning:  Who, What, When, Where, Making Sense, Searching for Answers
Story Elements:  Setting, Characters, Events, Problem, Solution
Main Idea

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The Growing with Mathematics kindergarten program integrates the best practices of both early childhood education and mathematics education. Its development was informed by the key research that has provided insights into how young children learn and the factors that make early mathematics education effective and successful.

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Family Resources

Lesson Sampler

Mathematical Practices:

     Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
     Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
     Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
     Model with mathematics.
     Use appropriate tools strategically.
     Attend to precision.
     Look for and make use of structure.
     Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.


Common Core Standards

Counting and Cardinality:  Know number names and the count sequence. Count to tell the number of objects. Compare Numbers.
Operations and Algebraic Thinking:
  Understand addition and putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.
Number and Operations in Base Ten
: Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value.
Measurement and Data:
Describe and compare measurable attributes.  Classify objects and count the number of objects in categories.
Identify and describe shapes.  Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.

Calendar Skills

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An Integrated approach to teaching science is used at Perritt Primary School.  Science is incorporated in Guided Reading, Shared Reading, Read Alouds,  Enrichment, P.E. and Math lessons.  Students will learn about the world around them both by observation and experimentation. They will be encouraged to use their five senses to observe and describe changes in living and non-living objects.  They will learn concepts and vocabulary from investigations, as well as, develop the ability to ask a scientific question, plan experiments to try to answer the question and develop reasonable explanations based on their observations.  

Perritt's book room has a wide variety of Guided Reading books and Big Books which are used to implement our science curriculum.


Some of the following concepts will be introduced:

Living things and their habitats: Differences among animals. Life cycles of animals. Living things need food, water, space and shelter to survive. Plants and animals live in particular habitats. Parts of a plant.
The human body:
The systems that make up the body —circulatory, muscular, skeletal, nervous and digestive — and how to take care of the body.
Matter: Materials come in solid, liquid and gas forms, and matter can change states.
Measurement: Temperature and how it is measured. Use tools to measure length.
Introduction to electricity and magnetism: Methods of producing static electricity. The push and pull of magnets.
Weather: How our weather changes daily.  How to be safe during severe weather.
Light and Heat: Compare Natural sources of light, Compare Natural sources of heat
Space:  The relation of the Earth in the solar system.  The sequence of planets in the solar system.

Assessment:  Oral assessments, demonstrations and written assessments are used throughout the year.



Kindergarten Science 
Curriculum Pacing Guides

1st Grading Period 
2nd Grading Period
3rd Grading Period
4th Grading Period

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Social Studies
An Integrated approach to teaching Social Studies is used at Perritt Primary School.  Social Studies is incorporated in Guided Reading, Shared Reading, and Read Alouds.  Students will learn about themselves, the world around them, and how they fit into that world. 

Perritt's book room has a wide variety of Guided Reading books and Big Books which are used to implement our Social Studies curriculum.



Some of the following concepts will be introduced:  
Physical and Spatial characteristics of GeographyPlaces (Arkadelphia), physical features, North/South poles, United States, equator, and cardinal directions on a map.  Recognize 7 major continents, four major oceans. Pictorial symbols on maps represent real objects.
Culture and Diversity  

Interaction of People and the Environment:  Transportation, our environment and us

Form and Roles of Government  
History: Time, Pilgrims and American Indians, Holidays, Transportation; current and past
Economic Choices:  Wants and Needs 
Resources:  Money; Human, Natural, and Capital Resources
Goods and Services:  Producers, consumers, education





Assessment:  Oral and written assessments are used throughout the year.  



  Kindergarten Social Studies
 Curriculum Pacing Guides

1st Grading Period  
2nd Grading Period
3rd Grading Period
4th Grading Period

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Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
As required by legislation, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) is administered to Kindergarten during the spring. The ITBS provides assessment of students’ achievement in reading and mathematics at appropriate levels. 

Test Practice/Sample Lessons
These lessons are in Smartboard Notebook files.

Vocabulary:  Measures listening vocabulary rather than reading vocabulary.  Students hear a word, and sometimes they also hear the word used in context.  Then they choose one of three pictorial response options.  Approximately equal numbers of nouns, verbs, and modifiers are used in the test.

Listening:  Short scenarios are read aloud and then multiple-choice questions are read.  Because all response choices are pictorial, the test requires no reading.  The items require students to demonstrate both literal and inferential understanding of what they hear.

Mathematics:  Consists of questions about beginning math concepts, problem solving, and math operations.  The main skills tested involve numeration, geometry, measurement, and applications of addition and subtraction in word problems.  Items are read aloud, and responses are pictorial or numeric.

Reading:  Test presents students with a variety of reading tasks.  In the first part, the teacher reads a word, which students must recognize among four printed words.  In the second part, students look at  a picture and select one of four printed words that tells about the picture.  The third part of the test requires students to use print, context, and picture cues to identify unfamiliar words.  In the fourth part, students must choose among three words to finish an incomplete sentence.  In the fifth part, students answer questions about a picture story.  Finally, students must answer multiple-choice questions after reading a brief story.


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