Recognize and name many letters of the alphabet.
Words That Rhyme
Supply rhyming words in familiar songs/jingles and identify or match words that rhyme.
Sounds in Words
Identify initial sounds of familiar words. (Student's own name, names of classmates and items in the classroom/school, etc.)
Identify most common letter sounds.
Begin to identify high-frequency words.
With prompting and support, begin to engage in a variety of texts with purpose and understanding.
With guidance and support, generate words that are similar in meaning (e.g., rock/stone, happy/glad).
Sort common objects into categories (e.g., sort objects by color, shape, or texture).
Begin to understand opposites of simple and familiar words (e.g., big/little, short/long, large/small, happy/sad).
Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., Tell me the name of a place in the classroom that is noisy or quiet).
Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs describing the same general action through creative or dramatic play, (e.g., whisper, speak, and yell).
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about details of familiar stories.
With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, nursery rhymes, or poems.
With prompting and support, identify the characters and setting of familiar stories.
With prompting and support, begin to use context (including illustrations) to help define unknown words in familiar stories.
Poems and Fables
With prompting and support, recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).
Stories with Pictures
With prompting and support, use illustrations to help tell a familiar story.
Stories Can Be the Same
With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.