Language Arts:

Reading textbook: Houghton Mifflin Reading (

Read alouds (Big Books), guided reading (leveled readers), and independent reading activities (SRA, decodable text, library books)

Emphasis on phonemic awareness (hear, identify, and manipulate phonemes/sounds), phonics (associating letters with sounds), reading strategies (decoding, monitoring, clarifying, predicting, etc.), and comprehension (cause and effect, sequencing, main idea, details, etc.)

Reading Counts: leveled readers with computerized quizzes based on each student’s lexile level as determined by the Scholastic Reading Inventory (Most students will check out Beginning Reader books and receive assistance with reading the Reading Counts quizzes in the computer lab during the third quarter.)

Writing framework: Houghton Mifflin and Step Up to Writing program

Teacher writing, guided writing, and independent journal writing (third quarter)

Writing process: prewriting/brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and sharing


Spelling patterns and phonics rules

Conventional spelling of high frequency words

Beginning proofreading for accuracy in writing

Printing program (Kindergarten): Handwriting Without Tears

Systematic printing instruction based on students’ developmental needs


Mathematics textbook: enVision Math (Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley)

Manipulatives used to teach and model concepts

Guided and independent practice provided for all concepts


Science textbook: Scott Foresman California Science (

Hands-on science investigations

Life, physical and earth sciences

Social Studies

Social Studies textbook: Harcourt Reflections (

Physical Education

Varies by grade level: Warm-up activities, sports skills instruction, playground rules, and sportsmanship