• Year-Long Overview of K2

    Curriculum Skills and Concepts

    Gardner Pilot Academy



    Reading skills taught throughout the year 


    • Letter formation associated with sounds

    • Write manuscript letters in lower-case and upper-case

    • Print knowledge and concepts of print: track print left to right/top to bottom of page; match spoken words to printed words

    • Identify separate words in an oral sentence, segment words into syllables; segment syllables into sounds (phonemes) - up to 3 sounds

    • Phoneme substitution, deletion, addition, and manipulation activities done with letter cards and tiles to assist with cognitive manipulation

    • Isolate phonemes using tapping procedure for both blending and segmenting (segment phonemes in words; blend phonemes into words)

    • Alphabetic order

    • Know a-z letter/sound relationships (map letter to sound and sound to letter)

    • Read and spell approximately 200 CVC words

    • Read targeted high-frequency words: the, a, and, is, was

    • Identify and name correct punctuation (period or question mark)

    • Identify upper-case letter use for beginning of sentences and    names of people

    • Retell short narrative stories


    In addition to integrating writing into other content areas, this year we will be using the Lucy Calkins writing curriculum.  Students will be writing across genres including the following units of study:
    • Unit 1 - Launching the Writing Workshop -Narrative – Students will start off the year learning how to become writers, next they will be writing stories, then writing “all about books” and conclude with publishing a piece of their writing.

    • Unit 2 - Writing for Readers - Narrative - Students will be writing stories that people can really read, learning about tools that help them become better writers, learning how to revise their writing to make it more fun to read and conclude with publishing a piece of their writing.

    • Unit 3 - How-To Books: Writing to Teach Others - Information – Students will write How-To books, step by step, they will use mentor texts for inspiration: revising old How-To books and writing new ones, they will learn how to keep readers in mind when they are writing, and give How-To books as gifts.

    • Unit 4 - Persuasive Writing of All Kinds: Using Words to Make a Change - Opinion – Students will explore opinion writing and think about how to make our school a better place, students will write letters to make a change, the unit will end with a persuasive writing project.


    • Module 1:  Students order, count, and write up to ten objects to answer “how many?”

    • Module 2: Students explores two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes

    • Module 3: Students compare and analyze length, weight, volume, number

    • Module 4: Students use number bonds to show addition and subtraction to 10,

    • Module 5: Students focus on Numbers 10─20 and count to 100 by Ones and Tens

    • Module 6: Students  Analyzing, Comparing, and Composing Shapes


    There are four extended themes during the school year:

    • Our Community,

    • Animals and Habitats,

    • Construction, and

    • Our Earth   

    Our themes engage children’s creativity, critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, and communication.  Content such as math and literacy are taught in part through whole-group mini-lessons, but with an emphasis on hands-on, authentic learning in interdisciplinary centers, such as the Block Area, Dramatization Center, and the Art Studio.