What are the Kindergarten Essentials? Essentials are Kindergarten objectives taken straight from our North Carolina Standard Course of Study. These objectives are ones that are "essential" for a Kindergarten student to have mastered before moving on to First Grade. As I am teaching lessons, the students and I talk about which essential we are focusing on at that time. As essentials are practiced and mastered, our class puts a star next to the one that we have completed.
I can listen to, talk about, draw pictures about and act out stories.
I can follow directions heard and seen.
I can use what I already know to understand the story (what will happen next).
I can understand books that are read and heard. I can tell beginning, middle and end and details and setting.
I can read a story I have written. I can use letter sounds and pictures to read simple stories.
I can use what I already know to tell what will happen next.
I can use capital letters for the word “I” and the first letter in my name.
I can tell the order of the story.
I can tell which stories are real and make believe.
I know the parts of a book. I can point to the words as you read.
I can find letters, words and sentences in a story. I can find the title of a story. I can tell what the author and illustrator do.
I can tell the name and sounds of the letters. I can tell that letters make words and words make sentences.
I can show and use positional words.
I can match numbers to sets (0-10).
I can sort objects and explain one likeness and one difference at a time.
I can make and understand graphs.
I can use graphs to answer questions.
I can name and make patterns.
I can make and name basic shapes.
I can tell how two things are the same and different.
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I can ask and answer questions to predict the story.
I can make connections from what I heard, read and have seen to what I know.
I can use new words in speaking and writing.
I can spell words correctly or by sounds.
I can tell how words sound the same and different.
I can read sight words and name the sound at the beginning of a word.
I can use describing words in writing and speaking.
I can use the naming words and action words in writing and speaking.
I can use different types of sentences. I can write left to right and top to bottom.
I can solve story problems and explain.
I can tell what place an object is in.
I can share equally between two people.
I can count objects up to 30.
I can tell how shapes are the same and different.
I can estimate amounts less than or equal to 10.
I can read and write numbers to 30.
I can name the days of the week, months of the year, seasons and tell what comes before and after.
I can compare objects using words.
I can write my first and last name.
I can draw a picture that matches my words.
I can write about a given topic.
I use spaces between my words.
I use punctuation at the end of a sentence.
I can copy words from the environment.
I can write two or more thoughts.
I use capital letters at the beginning of a sentence.
I have legible handwriting.
I use sight words in my writing.