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K-2

The Utah State Board of Education has approved the new K-2 Science and Social Studies Core Curricula to be implemented as of the 2010-2011 school year. This, of course, requires clarification about the role of the existing K-2 Integrated Core.

Section 1 of the K-2 Integrated Core, Language Arts, is exactly the same as the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade Cores found in the current K-6 English/Language Arts Core Curriculum. Teachers in Grades K, 1, and 2 should teach Language Arts from the K-6 English/Language Arts Core.

Section 2 of the K-2 Integrated Core, Mathematics, is out of date, and superseded by the existing K-6 Mathematics Core Curriculum. Teachers in Grades K, 1, and 2 should teach Math from the current K-6 Mathematics Core.

Section 3 of the K-2 Integrated Core, Fine Arts, Health, Physical Education, Science, and Social Studies, contains three standards at each grade level.

  • Standard I contains Fine Arts, health, and Physical Education Core Curricula for all three grades. Teachers should teach Standard I of Section 3 (Fine Arts, Health, Physical Education, Science, and Social Studies) in the current K-2 Integrated Core.
  • Standard II is superseded by the new K-2 Social Studies Core in all three grades. Teachers should teach the new K-2 Social Studies Core and disregard Standard II in Section Three of the Integrated Core.
  • Standard III is superseded by the new K-2 Science Core in all three grades. Teachers should teach the new K-2 Science Core and disregard Standard III in Section Three of the Integrated Core.

Summary

The only part of the current K-2 Integrated Core Curriculum that teachers should teach is Standard I (Students will develop a sense of self.) of Section 3 (Fine Arts, Health, Physical Education, Science, and Social Studies). See Appendix A for a copy of this standard.

Teacher Resources for the new K-2 Science and Social Studies Cores

Groups of outstanding teachers have put together excellent teaching resources to assist teachers with their preparation to teach these new curricula.

K-2 Science Core

K-2 Social Studies

Lesson plans and suggestions are built right into the new core.

There are, of course, no state assessments tied to these two new cores. We encourage you to help teachers transition to them this year.

Appendix A

Kindergarten

Fine Arts, Health, Physical Education, Science, and Social Studies

Standard 1: Students will develop a sense of self.

Objective 1: Describe and practice responsible behaviors for health and safety.

  • a. Describe proper care of the body (e.g., proper brushing of teeth, eating a variety of foods, proper hand washing, sneezing into sleeve).
  • b. Recognize that food is fuel for the body.
  • c. Recognize signs of physical activity (e.g., heart rate, breathing, sweat).
  • d. Identify helpful and harmful substances to the body.
  • e. Recall basic safety (e.g., follow rules, maintain personal space/boundaries, know phone number, address, emergency number).

Objective 2: Develop skills in gross and fine motor movement.

  • a. Participate in regular physical activity that requires exertion (e.g., walk, jog, jump rope).
  • b. Explore a variety of fundamental and manipulative gross motor skills (e.g., hop, skip, twirl, dance, throw, catch, kick, strike).
  • c. Perform a variety of fine motor skills (e.g., draw, cut, paste, mold, write).
  • d. Maintain personal space and boundaries while moving.
  • e. Create and perform simple dance movements that express who one is, knowledge of the body, feelings, senses, and ideas in time and space.

Objective 3: Develop and use skills to communicate ideas, information, and feelings.

  • a. Identify and express ideas, information, and feelings in a variety of ways (e.g., draw, paint, tell stories, play, make believe, dance, sing).
  • b. Recognize similar colors as being members of the family of reds, blues, and yellows and shapes as being similar to squares, circles, and triangles.
  • c. Describe sounds in terms of dynamics (loud/soft), pitch (high/low), duration (long/short; fast/slow), and timbre (tone of an animal, human, musical instrument, or machine).
  • d. Develop competency in beat accuracy and respond to an understanding of beat as a life force through moving, singing, chanting, or playing instruments.
  • e. Express emotions by selecting and playing a variety of simple rhythm instruments.

First Grade

Fine Arts, Health, Physical Education, Science, and Social Studies

Standard 1: Students will develop a sense of self.

Objective 1: Describe and practice responsible behaviors for health and safety.

  • a. Practice appropriate personal hygiene (e.g., bathe, wash hands, clean clothes).
  • b. Describe the benefits of eating a variety of nutritious foods.
  • c. Describe the benefits of physical activity.
  • d. Describe substances that are helpful and harmful to the body.
  • e. Practice basic safety and identify hazards.

Objective 2: Develop and demonstrate skills in gross and fine motor movement.

  • a. Participate daily in short periods of physical activity that require exertion (e.g., one to three* minutes of walking, jogging, jump roping).
  • b. Perform fundamental locomotor (e.g., skip, gallop, run) and nonlocomotor (twist, stretch, balance) skills with mature form.
  • c. Develop manipulative skills (e.g., cut, glue, throw, catch, kick, strike).
  • d. Create and perform unique dance movements and sequences that strengthen skills while demonstrating personal and spatial awareness.

Objective 3: Develop and use skills to communicate ideas, information, and feelings.

  • a. Recognize and express feelings in a variety of ways (e.g., draw, paint, tell stories, dance, sing).
  • b. Express how colors, values, and sizes have been controlled in artworks to create mood, tell stories, or celebrate events.
  • c. Sing a melody independently, with developing accuracy and a natural voice that is free from strain.
  • d. Create simple rhythm, movement, and melody patterns with body percussion and instruments.

Second Grade

Fine Arts, Health, Physical Education, Science, and Social Studies

Standard 1: Students will develop a sense of self.

Objective 1: Describe and adopt behaviors for health and safety.

  • a. Explain the importance of balance in a diet.
  • b. Distinguish communicable from noncommunicable diseases (e.g., chicken pox, common cold, flu; asthma, cancer, diabetes).
  • c. Relate behaviors that can help prevent disease (e.g., hand washing, good nutrition, fitness, universal precautions).
  • d. Identify the harmful effects of tobacco on self and others (e.g., death, heart and lung disease, shortness of breath).
  • e. Adopt basic safety habits (e.g., wear a seatbelt, practice bicycle safety, find adult help in an emergency).

Objective 2: Develop and apply skills in fine and gross motor movement.

  • a. Participate daily in sustained periods of physical activity that requires exertion (e.g., one to five* minutes of walking, jogging, jump roping).
  • b. Perform fundamental locomotor and nonlocomotor skills in movement sequences and game applications (e.g., walk-hop-skip, run-stretch-skate, run-hop-lay up).
  • c. Perform manipulative skills exhibiting a majority of correct technique components (e.g., soccer kick: eyes on ball, step with foot opposite to kicking foot, contact ball with inside of foot, follow through).
  • d. Identify components of physical fitness (i.e., strength, endurance, flexibility) and corresponding activities.
  • e. Create and perform unique dance movements and sequences that expand physical skills while demonstrating personal and spatial awareness.

Objective 3: Develop and use skills to communicate ideas, information, and feelings.

  • a. Express personal experiences and imagination through dance, storytelling, music, and visual art.
  • b. Create, with improving accuracy, works of art depicting depth (e.g., close objects large, distant objects small) using secondary and tertiary colors.
  • c. Develop ability to sing in tune with relaxed strength and clarity.
  • d. Develop consistency in rhythmic accuracy of body percussion and instrument playing.