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Kindergarten ELA Standards Aligned Teaching Resources

The Kindergarten standards for English Language Arts (ELA) are constructed to help them improve their skills across four domains:

  1. Reading Foundational Skills
  2. Language
  3. Reading Literature
  4. Reading Informational Text

With eSpark Learning’s standards-aligned resources, Kindergarten students will continue to build on the foundation of the Pre-K curriculum. First, they’ll learn to follow words on a page, recognizing and naming all upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet. Kindergarten students will also learn to read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you).

Students will develop their language skills in the second standard, identifying real-life connections between words and their use. As they did in the Pre-Kindergarten curriculums, students will also distinguish shades of meaning among verbs describing the same general action.

Next, kindergarten students will dive into the world of literature to ​​compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories. They’ll start to identify the main aspects of a text — like characters, plots, settings, and narrators — and describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear. Students will also continue to listen to and ask questions about stories, using their knowledge to compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.

In the final standard, students will continue to grow their proficiency in reading informational text. Similar to the Reading Literature domain, students will explore informational texts to identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic. Kindergarten students will also describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear.

With the help of eSpark Learning in the classroom, students can learn up to 1.5 times faster than their peers. Through activities, videos, games, and assessments, kindergarten students will be more engaged, and teachers will feel confident knowing their curriculum is backed by research-based materials that help everyone achieve the standards set forth by the Common Core.

See Kindergarten Standards Teaching Resources by Domain

In Kindergarten, students will navigate 33 ELA standards across four domains. eSpark Learning’s interactive resources for every single standard help enhance learning in the classroom and out. Our curriculum also supports teachers, providing individualized data to help monitor students’ progress and success in each activity. This information will better equip teachers, helping them provide individualized learning where necessary — ensuring everyone is on the right path to meet their goals by the end of the year. Here’s what students and teachers can expect within the Kindergarten ELA standards:

Reading Foundational Skills

  • Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page
  • Count, pronounce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words
  • Recognize and produce rhyming words
  • Understand that words are separated by spaces in print
  • Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page
  • Add or substitute individual sounds

Reading Literature

  • Ask and answer questions about key details in a text
  • Retell stories and demonstrate the understanding of them
  • Retell familiar stories, including key details
  • Understand the difference between fiction and non-fiction
  • Identify narrators in a story
  • Describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear
  • Identify poems

Language

  • Identify real-life connections between words and their use
  • Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs
  • Sort common objects into categories
  • Demonstrate understanding of frequently occurring verbs
  • Use clues to find the meaning of an unknown word

Reading Informational Text

  • Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text
  • Name the author and illustrator of a text
  • Ask and answer questions to find the meaning of unfamiliar words and phrases
  • Identify the author’s purpose in different texts
  • Compare and contrast two texts of the same topic

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