Grade Expectations

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Pre K

By the end of the year, you can expect your child to:​

  • Learn to play cooperatively – sharing and using acceptable manners

  • Develop imagination and express artistic creativity, through free art opportunities

  • Develop language skills and verbalization, through dictating short stories and communicating needs and feelings

  • Develop listening skills, for both large and small group learning

  • Follow directions

  • Identify colors (primary, secondary), through teacher guided art projects

  • Identify and match shapes (square, circle, rectangle, triangle)

  • Recognize numbers 1‐20, understand the meaning of numerals, number concepts such as 1 dozen, through number activities and art projects

  • Count using one‐to‐one correspondence

  • Recognize the alphabet, A‐Z, upper and lower case and put the alphabet in order

  • Be aware of family

  • Understand time concepts (months, weeks, days, before & after, etc.)

  • Know body parts (waist, shoulder, ankle, thigh, wrist, chest, knees, hips, etc.)

  • Identify directions (above, below, beside, etc.)

  • Identify quantities, measurements (more, slower, taller, biggest, etc.)

  • Develop cutting, coloring, gluing skills, through daily practice on art projects that become more complex over the year

  • Accomplish grand movements such as: hopping, jumping, leaping, galloping and skipping

  • Identify same and different

  • Able to sequence events

  • Manage body movements when in a group while participating in physical activities/game

Kindergarten

By the end of the year, you can expect your child to:

  • Follow class rules

  • Separate from a parent or caregiver with ease

  • Take turns

  • Cut along a line with scissors

  • Establish left- or right-hand dominance

  • Understand time concepts like yesterday, today, and tomorrow

  • Stand quietly in a line

  • Follow directions agreeably and easily

  • Pay attention for 15 to 20 minutes

  • Hold a crayon and pencil correctly

  • Share materials such as crayons and blocks

  • Know the eight basic colors: red, yellow, blue, green, orange, black, white, and pink

  • Recognize and write the letters of the alphabet in upper- and lowercase forms

  • Know the relationship between letters and the sounds they make

  • Recognize sight words such as the and read simple sentences

  • Spell his first and last name

  • Write consonant-vowel-consonant words such as bat and fan

  • Retell a story that has been read aloud

  • Show an opinion through drawing, writing, or speaking (e.g. “My favorite book is…”)

  • Identify and be able to write numbers from 0 to 20

  • Count by ones and tens to 100

  • Do addition problems with sums up to 10

  • Do subtraction problems with numbers 0 to 10

  • Know basic shapes such as square, triangle, rectangle, and circle

  • Know her address and phone number

1st Grade

By the end of the year, you can expect your child to:

  • Work independently at her desk

  • Listen to longer sets of directions

  • Read directions off the board, although some children may still have difficulty with this

  • Complete homework and bring it back the next day

  • Sit in a chair for a longer period of time

  • Be able to see things from another person's point of view so you can reason with your child and teach empathy

  • Relate to and repeat experiences in greater detail and in a logical way after listening

  • Problem-solve disagreements

  • Crave affection from parents and teachers

  • Have some minor difficulties with friendships and working out problems with peers

  • Distinguish left from right

  • Be able to plan ahead

  • Write and spell untaught words phonetically

  • Read and write high-frequency words such as where andevery

  • Write complete sentences with correct capitalization and punctuation

  • Understand and use correctly conjunctions and prepositions, such as but and beyond

  • Read aloud first-grade books with accuracy and understanding

  • Tell time to the hour and half-hour using analog and digital clocks

  • Quickly answer addition problems with sums up to 20

  • Quickly answer subtraction problems with numbers 0 to 20

  • Complete two-digit addition and subtraction problems without regrouping

2nd Grade

By the end of the year, you can expect your child to:

  • Begin to reason and concentrate

  • Improve his ability to process information

  • Improve focus on a specific task

  • Work cooperatively with a partner or small group

  • Understand the difference between right and wrong

  • Make connections between concepts so he will be better able to compare and contrast ideas

  • Expand vocabulary

  • Correctly use irregular verbs

  • Read fluently with expression

  • Ask and answer who, what, where, when, why, and how questions about a piece of reading

  • Revise and edit a piece of writing

  • Use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives

  • Recognize most irregularly spelled words such as becauseand upon

  • Begin to use a dictionary

  • Do mental math for single-digit addition and subtraction problems

  • Add single- and multi-digit numbers with regrouping

  • Demonstrate an understanding of place value

  • Tell time to the nearest five minutes, using AM and PM

  • Know the basic concept of multiplication (for example, 2 x 3 is two rows of three and 600 is six 100s)

3rd Grade

By the end of the year, you can expect your child to:

  • Work cooperatively and productively with other children in small groups to complete projects

  • Understand how choices affect consequences

  • Become more organized and logical in her thinking processes

  • Build stronger friendships

  • Be more influenced by peer pressure because friends are very important at this stage

  • Like immediate rewards for behavior

  • Be able to copy from a chalkboard

  • Be able to write neatly in cursive because the small muscles of the hand have developed

  • Read longer stories and chapter books with expression and comprehension of the theme

  • Use prefixes, suffixes, and root words and other strategies to identify unfamiliar words

  • Multiply and divide single- and multi-digit numbers

  • Know the products of all one-digit numbers by memory

  • Tell time to the nearest quarter- and half-hour and to five minutes and one minute, using AM and PM

  • Be able to conduct week(s)-long interviews and research projects and write on a topic

  • Use linking words such as because, therefore, since, for example, also, another, and, more, and but to show sequence, contrast, and causation

  • Be prepared for a discussion, having read or studied required material

4th Grade

By the end of the year, you can expect your child to:

  • Begin to make more decisions and engage in group decision-making

  • Want to be part of a group

  • Think independently and critically

  • Have empathy

  • Show a strong sense of responsibility

  • Have a greater awareness of fairness

  • Be able to memorize and recite facts, although he may not have a deep understanding of them

  • Increase the amount of detail in drawings

  • Work on research projects

  • Write a structured paragraph with an introductory topic sentence, three supporting details, and a closing sentence that wraps up the main idea of the paragraph

  • Use quotations effectively in writing

  • Use a range of strategies when drawing meaning from text, such as prediction, connections, and inference

  • Correct frequently misused words (e.g. too, to, two; their,they’re, there)

  • Understand more complex cause-and-effect relationships

  • Add and subtract decimals, and compare decimals and fractions

  • Multiply multi-digit numbers by two-digit numbers, understanding the concept of place value

  • Divide larger multi-digit numbers by one-digit numbers, understanding the concept of place value

  • Identify points, lines, rays, and angles in two-dimensional figures

5th Grade

By the end of the year, you can expect your child to:

  • Be generally truthful and dependable

  • Develop increasing independence

  • Improve problem-solving skills

  • Acquire increasingly advanced listening and responding skills, such as responding to peers’ comments and opinions

  • Enjoy organizing and classifying objects and ideas

  • Be able to read and concentrate for long periods of time

  • Read complex text fluently and with good comprehension

  • Research a topic using a variety of sources, and use the features of a book (for example, the index, glossary, and appendix) to find information

  • Identify conflict, climax, and resolution in a story

  • Write an organized, multi-paragraph composition in sequential order with a central idea

  • Correctly use commas and quotation marks in writing

  • Use problem-solving strategies to solve real-world math problems

  • Add and subtract fractions and decimals

  • Understand and do math problems involving parentheses, brackets, and braces

  • Classify two dimensional figures into different categories (e.g. a rectangle has four right angles, so a square is always a rectangle)

  • Find the area of two-dimensional shapes

  • Use long division to divide large numbers by multi-digit numbers

  • Identify and map a pair of coordinate numbers on the coordinate system (along the x-axis and y-axis)

6th Grade

By the end of the year, you can expect your child to:

  • Understand the precise meaning of the words they read, write, listen and speak.

  • Become adept at problem-solving and evaluating simple numerical expressions.

  • Develop a broad understanding of human history and cultures.

  • Gain greater understanding of earth sciences such as geology, oceanography and more.

  • Expand knowledge using research, evidence and critical thinking skills.

  • Grow their communication skills, decision making and goal-setting skills.

  • Perform all operations with decimals

  • Perform all operations with fractions

  • Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems

  • Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions 

  • Solve expressions using order of operations including exponents

  • - Read, write and comprehend informative, narrative and argumentative texts

  • -Answer a short response question using RACECE (restate, answer, cite, explain, cite, explain)

  • -Discuss class texts together and backup claims using text evidence

  • -Use context clues to find the meanings of unknown, tricky vocabulary words

  • -Create Flipgrid presentations to practice the speaking and listening standards

  • -Read independently and complete tasks on that reading

7th Grade

By the end of the year, you can expect your child to:

  • Helps your student gain a better understanding of the world around them (people and cultures, environment, etc)

  • Keeps your child engaged and focused on learning as they continue to prepare for higher-level learning.

  • Motivates them to become better communicators as they work on their listening, writing and speaking skills.

  • Expands their knowledge of mathematical concepts appropriate to 7th grade.

  • Improves their organizational, critical thinking, decision-making and goal-setting skills.

  • Fosters a love of learning as they develop deep research, analysis and writing skills while they explore science, social studies, math and language arts.

  • Identify the aspects of emotional health and how to maintain good emotional health

  • Navigate the high school application process

  • Identify healthy nutritional and lifestyle habits

  • Identify the dangers of substance abuse

  • Write to entertain while focusing on a central idea

  • Read for enjoyment and apply skills learned in class when addressing writing prompts

  • Support an argument through writing and in class discussions 

  • Participate in discussions that involve the use of text evidence and personal opinions

  • Write to inform  and read informative texts on a variety of topics

  • Identify and understand a variety of genre

  • Question what we read and hear and come to original ideas with the understanding that the existence of contrasting opinions is an opportunity for growth and learning.

  • Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

  • Apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers.

  • Use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions.

  • Solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations.

  • Draw, construct and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships between them.

  • Solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume.

  • Use random sampling to draw inferences about a population.

  • Draw informal comparative inferences about two populations.

  • Investigate chance processes and develop, use, and evaluate probability models.

8th Grade

By the end of the year, you can expect your child to:

  • An empathetic and inclusive member of their school community through opportunities to volunteer and engage with peers both in and out of the classroom.

  • An open-minded and critical thinker by encouraging discourse and dialogue around ideas with real world significance among peers.

  • A responsible, self-starting, and engaged student by creating both resources and opportunities to work independently.

  • An advocate for their needs as a student and the needs of others in the school community by providing structures and experiences for them to practice these skills.

  • Read independently for enjoyment and accountability.

  • Identify and discuss critically central ideas and themes in order to build connections among texts and experiences. 

  • Write to inform using clear, credible, and properly cited text evidence that supports independent concepts and understandings. 

  • Write to entertain using mentor texts that explore universal themes while adhering to genre norms.

  • Know that there are numbers that are not rational, and approximate them by rational numbers.

  • Work with radicals and integer exponents.

  • Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations.

  • Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations.

  • Define, evaluate, and compare functions.

  • Use functions to model relationships between quantities.

  • Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software.

  • Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem.

  • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones and spheres.

  • Investigate patterns of association in bivariate data.