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Academics 2017-01-26T22:05:28+00:00

At Parris South, we use a vertical progression guide published by Battelle for Kids, which arranges the Common Core Standards in an ascending staircase format by grade level and content type. This guide shows educators the progression of the Standards within a grade level and helps them to develop an in-depth understanding of how the Standards for each year lay the foundation for instruction in the next. The staircases facilitate collaboration between grade levels as they work to develop curriculum that aligns with the Standards. This vertical progression guide is used in Reading/Language and Math.

There are “Anchor Standards” that build up from each grade, in order to progress the students from one point forward, building their knowledge as they move from one grade to another. The “Anchor Standards for ELA include: Reading Foundational Skills, Reading Literature, Reading Informational Text, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Language. Staircases for Reading and Writing, Social Studies, and Science are also included.

Below is and example of one of the staircases for Foundational Skills for you, as a parent, to see how the skill begins in Kindergarten and this staircase will continue all the way through twelfth grade.  This example shows how the students begin to learn to read and continue to become more fluent as they move up to the next grade. You are welcome to come to Parris South to see the entire vertical progression guide at any time.

“What a fun and exciting place to be! After 18 years teaching Kindergarten, I am excited to be in a new grade and surrounded by such energy! We are learning something new every day and getting ready for Kindergarten next year. Letters, numbers, words…oh my!!!”
-Angie Deshazier, Pre K Teacher

Learn to Identify Number of Objects
Learn Less Than, Greater Than, and Equal To
Count orally from 0 to 100
Count to 100 by ones and by tens (foundation of multiplication)
Write numbers from 0 to 20
Classify Objects by Color
Classify Objects by Shape
Classify Objects by Size
Recognize and match number words to the number it represents.
Begin to Add and Subtract
Learn 2-D and 3-D Shapes
Learn Relative Positions (Above, Below, Beside, Behind, etc.)
Join shapes to make new shapes
Learn lines and angles
Begin to measure.
Begin to learn place values (continued through 5th grade)
Begins to Tell Time (and progresses through 4th Grade)
Begin to organize data and information.
Learn to skip count (foundations of multiplication) by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s.
Introduction to Fractions and Decimals
Introduction to Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities
Begin Properties of Operations
Build upon the foundations taught in Kindergarten.
Begin to count money.
Begin to learn multiple
Begin to learn multiplication tables.
Introduction to Division
Introduction to Rational and Irrational Numbers
Begin Graphing
Build upon the foundations taught in 1st Grade.
Understand multiplication tables fluently.
Introduction to Patterns and Functions
Introduction to Perimeter, Area, Surface Area, and Volume
Continue development of Division
Build upon the foundations taught in 2nd Grade.
Advance in all areas taught to-date
Build upon the foundations taught in 3rd Grade.
Advance in all areas taught to-date
Build upon the foundations taught in 4th Grade.

The Math Vertical Progression Guide published by Battelle for Kids is also used by the educators at Parris South. The eight standards for mathematical practice are: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them, reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others, model with mathematics, use appropriate tools strategically, attend to precision, look for and make use of structure, look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

(For a full description of these eight standards you may go to www.corestandards.org)

Print Concepts

Kindergarten and First- The students are taught the organization and basic features of print. (Following words from left to right, top to bottom on a page, and to recognize features of a sentence such as punctuation, capitalization, etc.)

*These concepts are taught in these grades and followed through all upcoming grades.

Handwriting

Students begin writing in print in kindergarten. Print continues through the middle of second grade, where they begin to form cursive letters. As they progress into third grade they should be connecting letters to form words in cursive. Cursive practice continues into fourth grade. They should be writing in cursive fluently by the end of fourth grade.

Phonics and Word Recognition

Kindergarten- These students are taught to know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills to decode words.

(Produce sounds for each consonant and for long and short vowels, know sight words, and distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the letters that differ)

First Grade- These students are taught to know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills to decode words.

(Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant diagraphs, decode one-syllable words, learn about final –e, vowel teams, learn that every syllable must have a vowel,  break apart syllables to decode words, learn inflected endings, and read appropriate irregularly spelled words)

Second Grade- These students are taught to know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills to decode words.

(Distinguish long and short vowels when reading, know common vowel teams, decode regularly spelled two syllable words with long vowels, decode words with prefixes and suffixes, identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences, and recognize and read grade- appropriate words)

Third Grade Through Fifth Grade- These students are taught to know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills to decode words.

(Identify and know meaning of prefixes, suffixes, and root words, decode words with common Latin suffixes, decode multi-syllabic words, and read grade appropriate irregularly spelled words)

Fluency

Kindergarten- The students should be able to read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding by the end of the year to prepare them for grade 1.

First Grade Through Fifth Grade- The students should build on reading with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. The student should read on-level text with purpose and understanding. They should read on-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.

 ***Other Reading /Language skills progress in the same way. They start in Kindergarten and progress to a higher skill level each year. There are many other standards. You may find these at you may go to www.corestandards.org

Phonological Awareness

Kindergarten- The students are taught the understanding on spoken words, syllables, and sounds:

(Rhyming words, syllables, blending letters to make words, add or substitute individual sounds to make new words, etc.)

First grade- The students are taught the understanding on spoken words, syllables, and sounds:

(Distinguishing between long from short vowel sounds, orally produce words by blending, isolate and pronounce the beginning, middle, and ending sounds in CVC words, and substitute individual sounds)

* These concepts are taught in these grades and followed through all upcoming grades.