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Print Concepts:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
  • Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
  • Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
  • Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.
  • Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

Phonological Awareness:

  • Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
  • Recognize and produce rhyming words.
  • Count, pronounce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words.
  • Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.
  • Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.1 (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
  • Add or substitute individual sounds (phonemes) in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.

Phonics and Word Recognition:

  • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
  • Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
  • Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., theoftoyoushemyisaredo,does).
  • Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.


  • Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding.
Key Ideas and Details:
  • With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  • With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
  • With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
  • With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
  • With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.

Craft and Structure:

  • Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.
  • Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book.
  • Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).
  • With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.
  • Name the author and illustrator of a text and define the role of each in presenting the ideas or information in a text.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:

  • With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).
  • With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.
  • With prompting and support, identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).
  • With prompting and support, identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

  • Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.