ELA.K.F.1.1

Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts of print.
  1. Locate a printed word on a page.
  2. Distinguish letters from words within sentences. 
  3. Match print to speech to demonstrate that language is represented by print. 
  4. Identify parts of a book (front cover, back cover, title page). 
  5. Move top to bottom and left to right on the printed page; returning to the beginning of the next line. 
  6. Identify all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet. 
  7. Recognize that print conveys specific meaning and pictures may support meaning.

Clarifications

Clarification 1: Matching print to speech involves making a one-to-one correspondence between a spoken word and the print on the page. This can be accomplished by having the child point to each word in a sentence as it is read by an adult.
General Information
Subject Area: English Language Arts (B.E.S.T.)
Grade: K
Strand: Foundational Skills
Date Adopted or Revised: 08/20
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5010020: Basic Skills in Reading-K-2 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021, 2021 and beyond (current))
5010030: Functional Basic Skills in Communications-Elementary (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
5010041: Language Arts - Kindergarten (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021, 2021 and beyond (current))
7710011: Access Language Arts - Kindergarten (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
5011000: Library Skills/Information Literacy Kindergarten (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
5010022: Functional Reading Skills K-2 (Specifically in versions: 2021 and beyond)
5010011: English for Speakers of Other Languages Kindergarten (Specifically in versions: 2021 and beyond)

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
ELA.K.F.1.AP.1a: Identify a printed word.
ELA.K.F.1.AP.1b: Distinguish letters from words.
ELA.K.F.1.AP.1c: Match print to receptive language to demonstrate that language is represented by print.
ELA.K.F.1.AP.1d: Identify parts of a book (front cover, back cover, title page) with a model.
ELA.K.F.1.AP.1e: Move left to right on the printed page.
ELA.K.F.1.AP.1f: Identify upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
ELA.K.F.1.AP.1g:

Recognize that print conveys specific meaning and pictures may support meaning.

Related Resources

Vetted resources educators can use to teach the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Lesson Plans

Colors All Around Us: Using Colors to Describe Our World:

In this lesson, students will use the beautiful text Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger to explore how an author uses color words and illustrations to describe various real-world objects. They will identify and explain how the descriptive words provide meaning and how the illustrations support the text. Students will brainstorm real-life objects that can be described and classified using color words and write an expository piece to describe those objects.

Type: Lesson Plan

It's All in the Details:

In this multi-day lesson, students will learn about American holidays as they analyze grade-appropriate informational text. Students will learn to identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book and their text features. They will also learn how to use the text features (title, headings, and illustrations) to predict the topic of the book. As the teacher reads the book, students will confirm the topic and identify important details, recording them on a graphic organizer. Finally, students will use details from the graphic organizer to draw, dictate, and/or write an expository piece about the topic of the text. 

Type: Lesson Plan

What's the Big Idea?:

In this multi-day lesson, students will learn about American symbols as they analyze grade-appropriate informational text. Students will learn to identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book and their text features. They will also learn how to use the text features (title, headings, and illustrations) to predict the topic of the book. As the teacher reads the book, students will confirm the topic and identify important details, recording them on a graphic organizer. Finally, students will use details from the graphic organizer to draw, dictate, and/or write an expository piece about the topic of the text.

Type: Lesson Plan

Wild about Authors and Illustrators:

In this lesson, students learn about the roles of authors and illustrators through read-alouds, charades, and book-writing. Students will have an opportunity to act out the roles of illustrators and authors. They will learn how to describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in a story. Students will also identify the beginning, middle, and end in popular picture books and will write and illustrate a simple narrative with a partner.

Type: Lesson Plan

Original Student Tutorials

Parts with Purpose: Examining the Parts of a Book:

Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book and examine each part's features in this interactive tutorial. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

What's the Topic? Part 2: Illustrations and Photographs:

Use titles, headings, illustrations, and photographs to predict and confirm the topics of texts in this interactive tutorial. Join Jose' as he explores the text features of informational text in his search for new books on a variety of topics.

This is part 2 of a 2-part series. Click HERE to open What's the Topic? Part 1: Titles and Headings. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

What's the Topic? Part 1: Titles and Headings:

Use titles and headings to predict and confirm the topics of texts in this interactive tutorial. Join Jose' as he reviews the parts of a book and explores the text features of informational text in his search for new books on a variety of topics.

This is part 1 of a 2-part series. Click HERE to open What's the Topic? Part 2: Illustrations and Photographs.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Student Center Activities

Fluency: Letter Flash:

In this activity, students will identify letters and their sounds in a timed activity.

Type: Student Center Activity

Fluency: Tap Stack:

In this activity, students will identify letters while playing a card game.

Type: Student Center Activity

Fluency: Hungry Letter Mouse:

In this activity, students will quickly write and name the letters of the alphabet. In an extension activity, students will say the sound for each letter.

Type: Student Center Activity

Fluency: Speedy Alphabet Arc:

In this activity, students will gain speed and accuracy in letter recognition.

Type: Student Center Activity

Phonics: Lettercritter:

In this activity, the student will identify and order the letters of the alphabet.

Type: Student Center Activity

Phonics: Venn Diagram Letter Name Sort:

In this activity, the student will identify and sort letters of the alphabet.

Type: Student Center Activity

Phonics: Alphabet Tiles Name Sort:

In this activity, the student will identify and sort letters of the alphabet.

Type: Student Center Activity

Phonics: Alphabet Memory Game:

In this activity, the student will identify and match letters of the alphabet.

Type: Student Center Activity

Phonics: Poetry Pen:

In this activity, the student will identify letters of the alphabet within words in nursery rhymes. As an extension, the student may also identify high-frequency words within the text.

Type: Student Center Activity

Phonics: Pasta Names:

In this activity, the student will identify letters of the alphabet. NOTE: The student will need to name the letters in the name or word for this activity to align to the standard.

Type: Student Center Activity

Phonics: Sorting Letters:

In this activity, the student will identify letters of the alphabet.

Type: Student Center Activity

Original Student Tutorials for Language Arts - Grades K-5

Parts with Purpose: Examining the Parts of a Book:

Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book and examine each part's features in this interactive tutorial. 

What's the Topic? Part 1: Titles and Headings:

Use titles and headings to predict and confirm the topics of texts in this interactive tutorial. Join Jose' as he reviews the parts of a book and explores the text features of informational text in his search for new books on a variety of topics.

This is part 1 of a 2-part series. Click HERE to open What's the Topic? Part 2: Illustrations and Photographs.

What's the Topic? Part 2: Illustrations and Photographs:

Use titles, headings, illustrations, and photographs to predict and confirm the topics of texts in this interactive tutorial. Join Jose' as he explores the text features of informational text in his search for new books on a variety of topics.

This is part 2 of a 2-part series. Click HERE to open What's the Topic? Part 1: Titles and Headings. 

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Original Student Tutorials

Parts with Purpose: Examining the Parts of a Book:

Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book and examine each part's features in this interactive tutorial. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

What's the Topic? Part 2: Illustrations and Photographs:

Use titles, headings, illustrations, and photographs to predict and confirm the topics of texts in this interactive tutorial. Join Jose' as he explores the text features of informational text in his search for new books on a variety of topics.

This is part 2 of a 2-part series. Click HERE to open What's the Topic? Part 1: Titles and Headings. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

What's the Topic? Part 1: Titles and Headings:

Use titles and headings to predict and confirm the topics of texts in this interactive tutorial. Join Jose' as he reviews the parts of a book and explores the text features of informational text in his search for new books on a variety of topics.

This is part 1 of a 2-part series. Click HERE to open What's the Topic? Part 2: Illustrations and Photographs.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.