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 righthand 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 consonantvowelconsonant 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

Problemsolve 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 highfrequency 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 firstgrade books with accuracy and understanding

Tell time to the hour and halfhour using analog and digital clocks

Quickly answer addition problems with sums up to 20

Quickly answer subtraction problems with numbers 0 to 20

Complete twodigit 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 singledigit addition and subtraction problems

Add single and multidigit 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 multidigit numbers

Know the products of all onedigit numbers by memory

Tell time to the nearest quarter and halfhour 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 decisionmaking

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 causeandeffect relationships

Add and subtract decimals, and compare decimals and fractions

Multiply multidigit numbers by twodigit numbers, understanding the concept of place value

Divide larger multidigit numbers by onedigit numbers, understanding the concept of place value

Identify points, lines, rays, and angles in twodimensional figures
5th Grade
By the end of the year, you can expect your child to:

Be generally truthful and dependable

Develop increasing independence

Improve problemsolving 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, multiparagraph composition in sequential order with a central idea

Correctly use commas and quotation marks in writing

Use problemsolving strategies to solve realworld 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 twodimensional shapes

Use long division to divide large numbers by multidigit numbers

Identify and map a pair of coordinate numbers on the coordinate system (along the xaxis and yaxis)
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 problemsolving 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 goalsetting 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 higherlevel 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, decisionmaking and goalsetting 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 realworld 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 reallife and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations.

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

Solve reallife 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 openminded and critical thinker by encouraging discourse and dialogue around ideas with real world significance among peers.

A responsible, selfstarting, 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 realworld and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones and spheres.

Investigate patterns of association in bivariate data.