Our kindergarten teachers are:
New York State has required school districts to implement the newly adopted Common Core Standards in ELA and Math, and the New Generation Science Standards. The intent behind this "shift" in our teaching is to provide a much more in-depth learning experience for your child. These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:
- Are aligned with college and work expectations;
- Are clear, understandable and consistent;
- Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
- Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
- Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
- Are evidence-based.
Our Curriculum addresses the New York State Learning Standards for ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
6 Shifts in ELA/Literacy
Read as much nonfiction as fiction
Learn about the world by reading
Read more challenging material closely
Discuss reading using evidence
Write non-fiction using evidence
Increase academic vocabulary
We will be using the work from Teachers College at Columbia University for our Reading and Writing curriculum this year.
Our K Grade Reading Units:
Unit 1: We Are Readers
Unit 2: Super Powers: Reading with Print Strategies and Sight Word Power
Unit 3: Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles
Unit 4: Becoming Avid Readers
Our K Grade Writing Units:
Unit 1: Launching the Writing Workshop
Unit 2: Writing for Readers
Unit 3: How-To Books: Writing to Teach Others
Unit 4: Persuasive Writing of All Kinds: Using Words to Make a Change
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) followed a different developmental pathway than did the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and mathematics. The process for the science standards development took into account the importance of having the scientific and educational research communities identify core ideas in science and articulate them across grade bands. That is why the NRC took the first step by constructing a Framework for K-12 Science Education—to ensure scientific validity and accuracy. A committee of 18 experts in science, engineering, cognitive science, teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment and education policy, was responsible for writing the Framework. The Framework describes a vision of what it means to be proficient in science. It also presents and explains the interrelationships among practices, cross-disciplinary concepts and disciplinary core ideas.
To see how New York state is implementing the new science learning standards, please visit the NY State Education site.
Topic of Study for Grade K:
Matter and Its Interactions
Forces and Interactions: Pushes and Pulls
Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment
Weather and Climate
6 Shifts in Mathematics
- Focus: learn more about fewer, key topics
- Build skills within and across grades
- Develop speed and accuracy
- Really know it, Really do it
- Use it in the real world
- Think fast AND solve problems
Units of Study for Grade K
- Counting and Cardinality
- Operations & Algebraic Thinking
- Number & Operations in Base Ten
- Measurement & Data
Standard 1: History of the United States and New York
Use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.
Standard 2: World History
Use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in world history and examine the broad sweep of history from a variety of perspectives.
Standard 3: Geography
Use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the geography of the interdependent world in which we live—local, national, and global—including the distribution of people, places, and environments over the Earth’s surface.
Standard 4: Economics
Use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of how the United States and other societies develop economic systems and associated institutions to allocate scarce resources, how major decision-making units function in the U.S. and other national economies, and how an economy solves the scarcity problem through market and nonmarket mechanisms.
Standard 5: Civics, Citizenship, and Government
Use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the necessity for establishing governments; the governmental system of the U.S. and other nations; the U.S. Constitution; the basic civic values of American constitutional democracy; and the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation.
Grade K: Self and Others
The grade K Social Studies program stresses geographic, economic, and social/cultural understandings related to one's self and the others around me.