McKinley Primary Center                    2016-17 / Quarter 4 / Kindergarten: Teaching & Learning Plan




Physical Education


Week 3


I can


Use personal symbols to express ideas.


Distinguish between two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art.


Identify what an artist does and find examples of artists’ work in the community.

Sing short memorized songs, maintaining a steady beat.


Create a short melodic pattern to sing or play on a classroom instrument based on a limited pitch range such as a minor third or the pentatonic scale.



Show skills and knowledge acquired in physical education class during after school physical activities.



Week 9


I can


Use objects, drawings, mental images, sounds, etc., to represent addition and subtraction within 10.


Solve real-world problems that involve addition and subtraction within 10 (e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem).


Separate sets of ten or fewer objects into equal groups.


Develop initial understandings of place value and the base 10 number system by showing equivalent forms of whole numbers from 10 to 20 as groups of tens and ones using objects and drawings.


Make direct comparisons of the length, capacity, weight, and temperature of objects, and recognize which object is shorter, longer, taller, lighter, heavier, warmer, cooler, or holds more.


Count to at least 100 by ones, fives, and tens from any given number. In this range, read and write numerals and represent a number of objects with a written numeral.


Identify, sort, and classify objects by size, number, and other attributes. Identify objects that do not belong to a particular group and explain the reasoning used.


Weekly Problem Solving Lessons that encourage the skills needed to add and subtract within 10.

Week 6


I can


Visit local museums and exhibits, and experience visiting artists in the schools.


Recognize that art from one artist has a similar look or style.

Identify representational and nonobjective works of art.


Read iconic notation and perform short rhythmic patterns of quarter and eighth notes using body percussion and rhythm syllables.


Read iconic notation and perform short melodic patterns using hand signs and pitch syllables, drawing examples from class repertoire when appropriate.

Demonstrate improved cardiorespiratory endurance.


Identify the basic effects of physical activity on heart and lung function.


Week 9


I can

Distinguish between representational and nonobjective works of art, recognizing the identifying characteristics of both.


Identify and use a balance of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media and processes to express ideas, experiences, and stories.


Create a work of art using subject matter, concepts, or sign systems, such as words or numbers, of another discipline.

Distinguish vocal, instrumental, and environmental sounds.


Experience music from various historical eras and cultures through singing, listening, or moving.


Discuss the concept of a musician.

Express enjoyment and self-confidence when participating in movement experiences.


Discuss personal opinions about participation in physical activity.


Week 3

I can

Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate and investigate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve an identified problem.

Week 6

I can

Analyze data to determine if a design solution works as intended to change the speed or direction of an object with a push or a pull.


Identify and explain possible uses for an object based on its properties and compare these uses with other students’ ideas.

Week 9

I can

Analyze data from the investigation of two objects constructed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.

Social Studies

Week 3

I can

Identify and order events that take place in a sequence.


Explain that calendars are used to represent the days of the week and months of the year

Week 6

I can

Describe and give examples of seasonal weather changes and illustrate how weather affects people and the environment.


Identify and explain that the President of the United States is the leader of our country and that the American flag is a symbol of the United States.

Week 9

I can

Give examples of classroom and school rules and explain the importance of following these rules to ensure order and safety.


Units 8 (see Addendum), 9 and 10 will be taught during Quarter 4

Note: Columns may use different text styles (Regular, Italic, Bold, Underlined) to differentiate concepts.     Language Arts & Reading

Kindergarten – Reading Wonders, Unit 9              Big Idea:      How Things Change                                   How do things change?         


Weekly Concept &

Essential Questions

Genre, Text Features & Literary Elements

Comprehension: Skills, Strategies & Fluency


(using “Fundations” curriculum)

Vocabulary: Academic, High-Frequency, Oral, and Category

Writing:  Trait, Product, About Reading


Research & Inquiry


Growing Up


How can you help out at home?

Informational Text, Fiction



Ask and Answer Questions

Character, Setting, Plot (Sequence)

Sound-Spelling and Word Automaticity; Expression

Letter, keyword, sound decoding CVC words with tapping


Tapping and blending to read & write CVC words


Digraphs - sh, ch, th, wh and ck


Reading with fluency


Tricky Phonics Rules


Vocab Strategy:  Prefixes and Suffixes

help, too

chores, contribute,

member, organize, accomplish

Household Furniture

Persuasive writing (Opinion)


Mentor texts


Writing conventions, finger spacing, stretching out sounds and words


Uses “5 Star Writing Rubric”


(continued below…)


How do characters in Ezra Jack Keats’s books show they are growing up?


Good Citizens


What do good citizens do?

Fable, Fantasy, Informational Text, Fiction




Character, Setting, Plot (Cause and Effect)

Sound-Spelling and Word Automaticity;

Expression;  Intonation

describing words

Vocab Strategy:  Question Words

has, play

citizen respect, tidy, necessary, hauled

Farm Animals


How can you be a good citizen at school?


Our Natural Resources


How can things in nature be used to make new things?

Tale, Informational Text




Connections Within Text (Sequence)

Sound-Spelling and Word Automaticity; Rate


Vocab Strategy:  Context Clues

where, look

natural resources, create, designs, weave, knowledge

Foods Made from Grain


What are our clothes made from?

Kindergarten – Reading Wonders, Unit                Big Idea:       Thinking Outside The Box       How can new ideas help us?                                   


Problem Solvers


What can happen when we work together?

Tale, Fantasy, Fiction



Make, Confirm, and Revise Predictions

Character, Setting, Plot (Sequence)

Sound-Spelling and Word Automaticity; Expression; Intonation

Letter, keyword, sound decoding CVC words with tapping


Tapping and blending to read & write CVC words


Digraphs - sh, ch, th, wh and ck


Reading with fluency


Tricky Phonics Rules

first, last, syllables

Vocab Strategy:  Context Clues

good, who

decide, opinion, ragged, marvel, grateful

Question Words

(continued from above…)


Illustrations match sentences


Students will identify a problem and find a way to solve it using: a letter, poster, song, or list to convince readers of their opinion


Retell Short Narrative Stories


Small Moments


How can we solve a problem at school together?


Sort It Out


In what ways are things alike? How are they different?

Informational Text, Fiction



Ask and Answer Questions

Key Details (Use Illustrations)

Sound-Spelling and Word Automaticity; Phrasing


Vocab Strategy:  Antonyms

come, does

sort, similar, perfect, endless, experiment



How can we sort classroom materials?


Protect Our Earth


What ideas can you suggest to protect the environ-ment?

Informational Text, Nonfiction




Main Topic and Key Details

Sound-Spelling and Word Automaticity; Expression


Vocab Strategy:  Prefixes and Suffixes

help, too, play, has, where, look, who, good, come, does

environment, protect, recycle, wisely, encourage          Baby Animals


What things can we do to protect the earth?

McKinley Primary Center                    2016-17 / Quarter 4 / Kindergarten: Teaching & Learning Plan