Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of books by a favorite author and express opinions about them).
General Information
Subject Area: English Language Arts
Grade: K
Strand: Writing Standards
Idea: Level 4: Extended Thinking &Complex Reasoning
Date Adopted or Revised: 12/10
Date of Last Rating: 02/14
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5002000: Introduction to Computers (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019 (course terminated))
5010010: English for Speakers of Other Languages-Elementary (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (course terminated))
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 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 - 2021 (course terminated))
5011000: Library Skills/Information Literacy Kindergarten (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2022 (current), 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond)
5010100: Introduction to Debate Kindergarten (Specifically in versions: 2020 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)

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Lesson Plans

Calling All Authors!:

In this lesson, students are engaged in a science project where the local library is hosting a book writing contest. Students will brainstorm ideas, work in rotating center stations, complete checklists and create a nonfiction book about how plant and animals are alike and different featuring what they learned about plants and animals during the lesson.

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Exploring Instruments in Kindergarten:

This lesson allows students to explore a variety of musical instruments. This is a hands-on activity allowing students to discover the differences in sounds made by different instruments. Students will also gain practice in recording their observations in their science notebooks.

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What’s So Great About Kevin Henkes?:

In this lesson students will serve as researchers of author/illustrator Kevin Henkes. With prompting and support from the teacher, students will read three books by Kevin Henkes. They will recall information from the text to contribute to the completion of a story elements graphic organizer and develop opinions about each book on their My Opinion Chart. At the end of the lesson students will be able to express their opinion orally, in writing, or in a drawing to inform others of their favorite Kevin Henkes books.

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ABC Text-plorers:

In this lesson, students will go on an exploration of alphabet books to better understand the roles of authors and illustrators as well as print concepts, including uppercase and lowercase letters. After reading the books Alphabet Rescue (AD680L), Miss Spider's ABC (AD490L), The Mixed-Up Alphabet (AD350L), and LMNO Peas (AD390L), students will contribute to class discussions and to a class created alphabet book. After reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (AD530L) students will complete an uppercase and lowercase letter sort that will be used as a summative assessment while the teacher individually tests students on their understanding of print concepts and letter recognition.

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Teaching Idea

Why do animals look the way they do?:

This teaching idea describes a project for kindergarten students to create a nonfiction book. After studying animal adaptations, students learned about the adaptations of different local animals and created a nonfiction book with illustrations.

Type: Teaching Idea

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