Kindergarten English Language Arts

Students build their understanding of the world around them—particularly how the changing seasons influence weather, animals, and plants—through a variety of engaging texts and authors.

Course Summary

Our complete Kindergarten English Language Arts curriculum is made up of a combination of Literature and Science and Social Studies units. The units build students' knowledge and understanding of the world, and support mastery of all the literature, informational, writing, speaking and listening and language standards. To learn more, see the Pacing Guide for this course.

In Kindergarten English Language Arts, students explore and learn about the world around them by reading a variety of culturally relevant and diverse texts that are strategically placed into thematic units to help students build a deeper understanding of an idea or concept. There are two main goals of the Kindergarten reading program: to instill a love of reading within all students by introducing engaging texts and authors and helping students discover the different purposes for reading, and to help students understand the world around them—particularly how the changing seasons influence weather, animals, and plants.


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Welcome to School

Students discover what it means to be part of a classroom community, and learn how they can make the classroom a fun place to be by exploring a variety of texts and activities.

10 Lessons


Familiar Stories

Students become engaged in reading through a variety of familiar stories with predictable patterns and illustrations that allow them to anticipate words, phrases, and events on their own.

12 Lessons


The Beauties of Fall

Students begin a year-long exploration of the seasons and how weather, plants, and animals are different depending on the season by reading about the beauties of fall and fall harvests.

16 Lessons


Falling in Love with Authors and Illustrators

Students explore the works of five award-winning authors and illustrators, Grace Lin, Yuyi Morales, John Parra, Monica Brown and Jerry Pinkney, learning about their lives and inspirations.

29 Lessons


The Beauties of Winter

Students explore the beauties of winter through a variety of texts about winter, learning about winter weather and weather forecasts and how different animals and plants survive winter.

22 Lessons


Biographies: Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks

Students begin to explore African-American history and the civil rights movement by studying Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.'s influence, helping to instill the values of diversity and fairness.

17 Lessons


History of the Earth: Dinosaurs

Students learn about the history of earth by learning about how fossils are formed and what makes dinosaurs unique, and write daily responses to the informational texts that they read.

25 Lessons


Understanding Earth: Life Cycles

Students study the life cycles of different plants and animals and the characteristics of living, nonliving, and dead things, through multiple engaging informational texts and hands-on activities.

40 Lessons

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