Reading - 2019-20

K.5 - Print Conveys Meaning

K.5 The student will demonstrate an understanding that print conveys meaning.

a)  Identify common signs and logos.

b)  Explain that printed materials provide information.

c)  Read and explain own writing and drawings.

d)  Read his/her name and commonly used high-frequency words.

Adopted: 2017


  • So that I know when I read a book, it is trying to teach me, or tell me something.
  • Because when I write a story, I want the reader to understand what I am writing.


The kindergarten student will be immersed in a text -rich environment to develop phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension, and an appreciation for reading. The exposure to fiction and nonfiction texts will enable students to develop an awareness of reading materials as sources of information and enjoyment.  Students will learn to identify and name the capital and lowercase letters of the alphabet, understand that letters represent sounds, and identify initial and final consonant sounds in one syllable words The kindergarten student will expand both listening and speaking vocabularies. They will also learn to comprehend and think creatively as they relate stories through drama, retelling, drawing, and their own writing. Teachers will encourage the development of reading skills that are foundational to effective comprehension and critical thinking. These skills are essential for success in future postsecondary education and the workplace.

Teacher Notes:

  • Teachers should teach the concepts of print, basic phonetic principles, comprehension of stories, and letter identification skills through systematic, direct instruction, individual and small group activities, and time spent exploring and reading books and other print material.
  • Please note there is not a specific list or number of sight words students must learn.  In order to build a personal word bank, students will develop the ability to read their own names and common high-frequency words in context.
  • Teachers need to read texts aloud to model language and introduce students to new words, expand working vocabularies, and improve comprehension.
  • Please note although the strands are developed separately, teachers should seamlessly integrate all strands.

o Thematic units are one approach.

o Teachers should have students write about what they have read.


All students should:

·  understand that print conveys meaning.

·  recognize own writing as a form of print.

To be successful with this standard, students are expected to:

K.5a1  recognize and identify a variety of environmental print (i.e. common signs, logos, and labels).

K.5d1  recognize and read a selection of high-frequency and sight words from familiar text. (Each student may know a different set of words.)

K.5d2  recognize and identify their own first and last names.


Updated: Mar 26, 2019