Kindergarten: Domain 12 Anthology "Presidents and American Symbols"

This Tell It Again! Read-Aloud Anthology for Presidents and American Symbols contains background information and resources that the teacher will need to implement Domain 9, including an alignment chart for the domain to the Common Core State Standards; an introduction to the domain including necessary background information for teachers, a list of domain components, a core vocabulary list for the domain, and planning aids and resources; 9 lessons including objectives, read-alouds, discussion questions, and extension activities; a Pausing Point; a domain review; a domain assessment; culminating activities; and teacher resources. By the end of this domain, students will be able to:

  1. Name the current president of the United States;
  2. Identify the White House as the president’s home
  3. Describe Washington, D.C., as the city in which the current president lives and where monuments of past presidents can be found;
  4. Identify the American flag;
  5. Describe the differences between a president and a king;
  6. Name George Washington as someone admired for his honesty;
  7. Identify the cherry tree story as a legend;
  8. Describe George Washington as a general who fought for American Independence;
  9. Explain that George Washington led his army to victory even though his army was smaller than the British army;
  10. Identify George Washington as the first president of the United States;
  11. Explain the sacrifices George Washington made for the country;
  12. Identify Thomas Jefferson as the third president of the United States;
  13. Identify Thomas Jefferson as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence;
  14. Describe the purpose of the Declaration of Independence as a statement of America’s liberty;
  15. Identify the Statue of Liberty;
  16. Identify Abraham Lincoln as an important president of the United States;
  17. Explain that Abraham Lincoln was known as “Honest Abe” and why he was called that;
  18. Explain Abraham Lincoln’s role during the U.S. Civil War;
  19. Identify Theodore Roosevelt as an important president of the United States;
  20. Describe how Theodore Roosevelt’s childhood affected his life as president;
  21. Explain how Theodore Roosevelt loved the outdoors;
  22. Explain that Theodore Roosevelt worked for nature conservation;
  23. Identify Barack Obama as the forty-fourth president of the United States;
  24. Identify Barack Obama as the first African American to be elected president of the United States;
  25. Explain the importance of education in Barack Obama’s life and presidency;
  26. Identify the Mount Rushmore presidents;
  27. Identify Mount Rushmore as a monument;
  28. Explain that Mount Rushmore was carved on Native American sacred land;
  29. Listen to, understand, and recognize a variety of texts, including fictional stories, fairy tales, fables, nursery rhymes, and poems;
  30. With prompting and support, ask and answer questions (e.g., who, what, where, when) requiring literal recall and understanding of the details and/or facts of a nonfiction/informational read-aloud;
  31. Answer questions that require making interpretations, judgments, or giving opinions about what is heard in a nonfiction/informational read-aloud, including answering why questions that require recognizing cause/effect relationships;
  32. With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a nonfiction/informational read-aloud;
  33. With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about unknown words in nonfiction/informational read-alouds and discussions;
  34. With prompting and support, describe the role of an author and illustrator in a nonfiction/informational text;
  35. With prompting and support, describe illustrations from a nonfiction/informational read-aloud, using the illustrations to check and support comprehension of the read-aloud;
  36. With prompting and support, identify the reasons or facts an author gives to support points in a nonfiction/informational read-aloud;
  37. With prompting and support, compare and contrast similarities and differences within a single nonfiction/informational read-aloud or between two or more nonfiction/informational read-alouds;
  38. Actively engage in nonfiction/informational read-alouds;
  39. Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to present information from a nonfiction/informational read-aloud, naming the topic and supplying some details;
  40. With guidance and support from adults, respond to questions and suggestions from peers and add details to strengthen writing as needed;
  41. With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including collaboration with peers;
  42. With assistance, categorize and organize facts and information within a given domain to answer questions;
  43. Use agreed-upon rules for group discussions (e.g., look at and listen to the speaker, raise hand to speak, take turns, say “excuse me” or “please,” etc.);
  44. Carry on and participate in a conversation over four to five turns, staying on topic, initiating comments or responding to a partner’s comments, with either an adult or another child of the same age;
  45. Ask and answer questions to clarify information in a fiction or nonfiction/informational read-aloud;
  46. Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail;
  47. Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly;
  48. Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs in oral language;
  49. Answer questions orally in complete sentences;
  50. Produce and expand complete sentences in shared language;
  51. Identify new meanings for familiar words and apply them accurately (e.g., knowing duck is a bird and learning the verb to duck);
  52. Demonstrate understanding of frequently occurring verbs and adjectives by relating them to their opposites (antonyms);
  53. Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., note places at school that are colorful);
  54. Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, being read to, and responding to texts;
  55. Learn the meaning of common sayings and phrases;
  56. Listen to and understand a variety of texts, including informational text;
  57. Prior to listening to a read-aloud, identify what they know and have learned that may be related to the specific story or topic to be read aloud;
  58. Distinguish fantasy from realistic text;
  59. Retell important facts and information from a read-aloud;
  60. Evaluate and select read-alouds, books, or poems, on the basis of personal choice for rereading;
  61. Distinguish read-alouds that describe events that happened long ago from those that describe contemporary or current events;
  62. Use language to express spatial and temporal relationships (up, down, before, after, etc.); and
  63. Sequence four to six pictures illustrating events from a nonfiction read-aloud.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.K.5 Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).
RI.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RI.K.3 With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or...

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