Kindergarten National Language Arts Standards

Achieve100’s Study Cards and Practice Tests support these National Language Arts Standards for Pre-1st.

Kindergarten National Language Arts Standards

Kindergarten Foundational Reading Skills Standards

  • 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.
  • Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds.
    • 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 in three-phoneme words.
    • Add or substitute individual sounds in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.

Kindergarten Reading Standards for Literature

  • 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.

Kindergarten Reading Standards for Informational Text

  • With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  • 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.

Kindergarten Language Standards

Achieve100 supports these speaking and writing standards by helping students understand the respective words, meanings and use in literature and informational text.

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    • Understand and use question words.
    • Use the most frequently occurring prepositions.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
    • Recognize and name end punctuation.
    • Spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships. 

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