Welcome to Kindergarten! Our experienced teaching staff (all hold or are actively seeking their master’s degree) is excited to share their knowledge with your students during this incredibly important and fun-filled year.
Key Ideas and Details 
  • With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  • With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
  • With prompting and support, identify characters, settings and major events in a story.
Craft and Structure 
  • Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.
  • Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).
  • With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in retelling the story.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas 
  • With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear.
  • With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.
Citizenship and Government 
  • Demonstrate civic skills in a classroom that reflect an understanding of civic values.
  • Describe symbolic songs and traditions that identify our nation and state.
  • Distinguish between individual needs and individual wants.
  • Identify goods and services that could satisfy a specific need or want.
  • Distinguish between goods and services.
  • Describe spatial information depicted in simple drawings and pictures.
  • Describe a map and a globe as a representation of space.
  • Use a variety of words to reference time in the past, present and future; identify the beginning, middle and end of historical stories.
  • Describe ways people learn about the past.
  • Compare and contrast traditions in a family with those of other families, including those from diverse backgrounds.
Number and Operation 
  • Understand the relationship between quantities and whole numbers up to 31.
  • Use objects and pictures to represent situations involving combining and separating.
  • Recognize, create, complete, and extend patterns.
Geometry and Measurement 
  • Recognize and sort basic two- and three-dimensional shapes; use them to model real-world objects (square, circle, triangle, rectangle, trapezoid, hexagon, cube, cone, cylinder, and sphere)
  • Compare and order objects according to location and measurable attributes.
Nature of Science and Engineering 
  • Use observations to develop an accurate description of a natural phenomena and compare one’s observations and descriptions with those of others.
  • Sort objects into two groups:  those that are found in nature and those that are human made.
Physical Science 
  • Sort objects in terms of color, size, shape, and texture, and communicate reasoning for the sorting system.
Earth and Space Science 
  • Monitor daily and seasonal changes in weather and summarize the changes.
  • Identify the sun as a source of heat and light.
Life Science 
  • Observe and compare plants and animals.
  • Identify the external parts of a variety of plants and animals including humans.
  • Differentiate between living and nonliving things.
  • Observe a natural system or its model, and identify living and nonliving components of that system.
  • Identify the elements of visual art including color, line, shape, texture and space.
  • Identify the tools, materials and techniques from a variety of two- and three-dimensional media such as drawing, printmaking, ceramics or sculpture.
  • Create original two- and three-dimensional artworks to express ideas, experiences or stories.
  • Identify the elements of music including melody and rhythm.
  • Sing and play with accurate pitch, rhythm and expressive intent.
  • Perform locomotor skills (hopping, skipping, jumping, running and galloping) while maintaining balance.
  • Maintain momentary stillness on different bases of support.
  • Perform manipulative skills (throwing, dribbling, kicking, jump-roping) while maintaining balance.
School-wide Technology Integration
  • Use technology (desktop computers, iPads, Chromebooks and Smart Boards) to enhance and personalize learning.
  • Access to our Certified Media Specialist.
  • Each day children will visit the S.M.A.R.T. Room and do S.M.A.R.T. activities in the classroom.  The Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training (S.M.A.R.T.) Curriculum is a multi-sensory approach to learning, designed to develop and enhance the physiological and neurological readiness skills students need to succeed in school.
  • This is the first time students will learn about J-Town Pride and our school rules of being Respectful, Responsible, and Safe.
  • Students will have additional opportunities for learning outside of the classroom such as field trips to the MN Arboretum and Stages Theater, and have their first Music performance at JES in the Spring.
  • Students will have a chance to practice real-life skills through Project Lead the Way Launch engineering lessons, life science lessons of chicks hatching and plants growing in the classroom, and opportunities to discover how weather impacts their daily outdoor activity times.