The collapsible menus below contain information and/or links for state learning standards, district priority standards and core curriculum materials.
In 2011, Washington formally adopted the Learning Standards (Common Core State Standards) for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The Washington Learning Standards for English Language Arts provide a rich depth of knowledge and skills that young people will need to succeed in technical school, college, careers, and life. The standards are vital to ensuring our students can be successful in their communities and global society.
For more information from OSPI about ELA state standards, click here.
ELA - Reading Literature
- RL.4.1. Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
- RL.4.2. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, summarize the text.
- RL.4.3. Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words or actions).
- RL.4.10. By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4-5 text complexity proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
ELA - Reading Informational Text
- R1.4.1. Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
- RI.4.2. Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
- RI.4.3. Explain events, procedures, ideas or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
- RI.4.5. Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
- RI.4.10. By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
ELA - Foundational Skills
- RF.4.4. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
ELA - Writing & Language
- W.4.1. Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
- W.4.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
- W.4.3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
- W.4.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
- L.4.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
- L.4.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Adopted curricular materials meet the needs of all students through a variety of instructional strategies that provide multiple opportunities for mastery of skills.
Our adopted Kindergarten curricular materials for English Language Arts include:
- Benchmark Advance Core ELA Curriculum
- Core Novel: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
- For Benchmark Advance's Recommended Reading List for Grades K-5, click here. Texts on BA's Recommended Reading List are optional and not used in all classrooms.
- Heggerty Phonemic Awareness and Phonological Awareness
- Lexia Core5 Focus on developing reading skills in six areas:
phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension
Washington state formally adopted the Mathematics and English Language Arts K–12 Learning Standards. These standards describe what students should know and be able to do at each grade level.
Assessments for these standards began in the 2014–15 school year.
Washington has adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for for science. Learn more about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) here: https://www.k12.wa.us/student-success/resources-subject-area/science/science-k%E2%80%9312-learning-standards
It is important to note that sexual health has not, nor will be, taught in K-4th grades in Mead School District.
Parent Letter - K-4 Personal Safety Unit
The letter linked above is sent to all parents/guardians of students in Grades K-4 at least two weeks prior to instruction.
What Kids Learn in Personal Safety Unit
Kids start by learning rules about common safety hazards, then progress to learning about touching safety.
Lesson 1: Keeping Yourself Safe
In Kindergarten through Grade 3, your child learns how to stay safe by using the Ways to Stay Safe and following Never-Never Rules. In Grades 4 and 5, your child learns the Ways to Stay Safe and how to stay safe when alone, and what to do in case of emergency.
Lesson 2: The Always Ask First Rule
In Kindergarten through Grade 3, your child learns an important rule for staying safe, called the Always Ask First Rule: Always ask a parent or the person in charge first before doing something, going somewhere, or accepting something from someone. They also practice identifying adults they can ask and asking them assertively for permission. Grade 4 and 5 students also learn the Always Ask First Rule and also what to do if no one is nearby to ask first.
Lesson 3: Safe and Unsafe Touches
Your Kindergarten through Grade 3 student learns the difference between safe, unsafe, and unwanted touches, and how to use assertiveness skills to refuse unsafe and unwanted touch. Grade 4 and 5 students how to identify unsafe and unwanted touches and that it’s never okay for someone to touch him or her in a way that’s unsafe or unwanted. They also learn to pay attention to uncomfortable feelings in his or her body to help recognize unwanted touches and practices refusing and reporting unsafe and unwanted touches.
Lesson 4: The Private Body Parts Rule
Children in Kindergarten through Grade 3 learn an important rule to help protect them from child sexual abuse, called the Touching Rule: A bigger person should never touch your private body parts except to keep you healthy. Your child also learns how to refuse and report assertively when someone breaks this rule, and that it's never his or her fault that someone broke the rule. Your Grade 4 or Grade 5 child learns the Private Body Parts Rule and how to use the Ways to Stay Safe to respond if someone breaks it.
Lesson 5: Practicing Staying Safe
Kindergarten through Grade 3 children practice using the Ways to Stay Safe when someone has broken the Touching Rule. Your child also learns that it’s never okay to keep secrets about touching—the Never Keep Secrets Rule—and that he or she should keep reporting until someone helps. Grades 4 and 5 children learn that breaking the Private Body Parts Rule is wrong and it’s never their fault if someone else breaks it. Your child also learns that people who break the Private Body Parts Rule may do things to keep it a secret, but he or she should never keep it secret and should keep reporting until an adult helps.
Lesson 6: Reviewing Safety Skills
Children in Kindergarten through Grade 3 watch a video story about a boy or girl who uses the skills and concepts from the Child Protection Unit to stay safe. Grades 4 and 5 children review skills by participating in an interactive story online or watching a video story with the whole class. You can go through the Online Stories with your child at home.