Common Core State Standards

  • Kid Friendly Translations of Language Arts & Math 

    Language Arts

    Our language arts program consists of daily read-alouds, phonemic awareness activities, phonics, exposure to a variety of literary genres, writing experiences that children can connect to, and many other activities that expose the students to a language rich environment. Our program also connects to content areas such as social studies and science. You may view the Common Core State Standards via gusd.net or http://www.corestandards.org. Here are some “kid friendly” translations of the CCSS:

    Reading Foundational Skills:
    I can recognize and name all upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

    Reading Foundational Skills:

    • I can recognize and name all upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
    • I recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters. 
    • I can read common high-frequency words by sight.
    • I can follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page-by-page.

    Reading Literature:

    • I can actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
    • I can identify characters, setting, and major events.
    • I can retell familiar stories and include key details.

    Listening & Speaking:

    • I can follow rules for speaking and listening during conversations.
    • I can participate in conversations about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    Writing:

    • I can speak and write using correct grammar and conventions.
    • I can write sentences which include capitalization, punctuation, and inventive spelling when writing.
    • I can write an opinion piece, which tells the reader the topic or name of the book we are writing about and state an opinion. 

     

    Math 

    Our math program consists of a variety of math activities to help develop number sense, algebraic thinking, geometry, measurement & data. Here are some “kid friendly” translations of CCSS for math:

    Counting & Cardinality:

    • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
    • I can count to answer “How many?” questions about sets to 20 and I can count out objects to match a given number.
    • I can identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than or equal to the number of objects in another group.


    Operations & Algebraic Thinking:

    • I can use a variety of strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems.
    • I can solve addition and subtraction word problems by using objects or drawings.
    • I can fluently add and subtract number combinations to 5. 


    Measurement & Data:

    • I can classify objects into given categories and count and sort the categories.
    • I can compare two objects with a measurable attribute and describe the differences.


    Geometry:

    • I can correctly name shapes.
    • I can identify shapes as two-dimensional (lying on a plane,“flat”) or three-dimensional (“solid”).