Kindergarten Curriculum

Dept. of Teaching and Learning Services

5150 220th AVE SE, Issaquah, WA 98029

The Issaquah Content Standards guide teaching and learning in all our classrooms in the areas of Literacy (reading, writing, and communication), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health and Fitness, and the Arts. These statements describe what students should know and be able to do during and as a result of their educational experiences. The Issaquah Content Standards are based on the Washington State K-12 Learning Standards.


Read Grade Level Text

  • Read and comprehend text accurately

Comprehension: Key Ideas and Details

With prompting and support…

  • Ask and answer questions
  • Retell familiar stories with details
  • Identify main topic(s) and details in nonfiction
  • Identify characters, settings, and events

Comprehension: Craft and Structure

  • Ask and answer questions about unknown words

Comprehension: Integration

  • Describe the connection between the illustrations and text
  • Identify how authors use reasoning to support their points
  • Compare and contrast characters and topics

Phonics Skills

  • Understand concepts of print
  • Read left to right
  • Read top to bottom
  • Understand the difference between words and letters
  • Recognize upper and lower case letters
  • Recognize words that rhyme
  • Identify and blend sounds in reading and speaking
  • Read high-frequency words (the, you, is, my, etc.)


Develop Ideas

  • Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing, to compose opinion, narrative and informative pieces
  • Name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic
  • Use leads, organization and elaborates on ideas

Use a Variety of Words

  • With guidance and support, add details to strengthen writing
  • With guidance and support, explore digital tools to produce writing


  • Use grade appropriate grammar and conventions in writing


Counting and Cardinality

  • Know number names and the count sequence
  • Count to tell the number of objects
  • Compare numbers

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value

Measurement and Data

  • Describe and compare measurable attributes
  • Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category


  • Identify and describe shapes
  • Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes

Mathematical Practices

  • 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


  • Forces and interactions: Pushes and pulls
  • Interdependent relationships in ecosystems: Animals, plants, and the environment
  • Weather and climate
  • Engineering design

Social Studies

  • Rules
  • Identity
image of kindergarten student reading with teacher aide


  • Understand and apply art knowledge and skills
  • Demonstrate thinking skills using artistic processes
  • Communicate through the arts
  • Make connections within and across the arts, to other disciplines, cultures, life and work


  • Read, note, and perform rhythm
  • Hear, discriminate, perform, read, and note pitch
  • Listen to, analyze, demonstrate, and describe qualities of sound
  • Identify simple music forms
  • Experience and perform independent parts while others sing or play
  • Understand and creatively interpret expressive markings and cues
  • Sing alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Understand music in relation to history and culture

Physical Education

  • Participate actively, cooperate with others
  • Stay on task
  • Follow directions
  • Contribute positively


  • Understand germs
  • Study recycling
  • Learn about healthy foods
  • Study social/emotional skills


  • Learn basic operations and concepts
  • Use curriculum related soft ware