Unit 1


Kindergarten / ELA    


Unit Length and Description:



Suggested unit length is 5-6 weeks.


Description:  Children will learn about themselves, each other, the classroom and school environments as they strive to become a Kindergarten learning community. This unit provides opportunities to reinforce phonemic awareness, listening comprehension, the alphabet, and beginning reading concepts.  These lessons also offer chances for students to get to know one another and to become familiar with daily routines. This unit focuses on families: my family and me, families get together, and families change. 




RL.K.3: With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

RL.K.10: Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.

RI.K.6:  Name the author and illustrator of a text and define the role of each in presenting the ideas or information of a text.

RF.K.1d: Recognize and name all upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

RF.K.3: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

W.K.1:  Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book (e.g. My favorite book is…).

W.K.7:  Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of books by and favorite author and express opinions about them).

SL.K.1:  Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and large groups.

SL.K.6:  Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.

L.K.1:  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

L.K.4:  Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on kindergarten reading and content.


Enduring Understandings:


  • My community is made up of people who work and play together.
  • Routines help me follow the rules.
  • My community has rules.

Essential Questions:


1.   How do I help my community?

2.   Why do people and some animals have names?

3.   Why is it important to have rules?

4.   How does a routine help me follow the rules?