Home Schooling with Core KnowledgeAccess teacher-created lessons aligned to topics specified by the Core Knowledge Sequence for study in kindergarten. These kindergarten lesson plans may be adapted for use at other grade levels but are most effective when integrated into a coherent and cumulative school-wide instructional plan.

The Core Knowledge Foundation extends its sincere thanks to all teachers who developed these kindergarten lessons for our National Conferences (1992-2011) or through their participation in the Colorado Unit Writing Project (1999-2004).

Important Note

These teacher-created lessons have not been vetted by the Core Knowledge Foundation nor reviewed by content experts. Contact us if you have questions regarding posted lessons.

Kindergarten Lesson Plans by Subject


Language Arts

I. Listening and Speaking

No kindergarten lesson plans available

II and III. Reading and Writing

Phonics and Decoding Strategies for Struggling Readers
The “Fantastic Four” Fables to Teach Reading Skills
Let’s Write Around the World
Poultry in Motion

IV. Language Conventions

No kindergarten lesson plans available

V. Poetry

Kinder Poems and Songs
Mother Goose on the Loose: Teaching Reading and Writing in a Way That’s Exciting

VI. Fiction

Classic Storytelling with a Technology Twist
From Once Upon a Time to Happily Ever After…and Everything in Between
Story Stretching: Tall Tales in North America
Aesop Appeals To Me!
And the Moral Is…
We’re Building Heroes

VII. Sayings and Phrases

Teaching Language Arts with Sayings and Phrases
The Kindergarten Book of Sayings


History and Geography

World:

I. Spatial Sense

Mapping Our Way to South America: A Study of Spatial Sense
Maps and Globes: Where in the World are We?
Investigating Our Place in the World

II. Overview of the Seven Continents

Let’s Write Around the World
Passport to the World
“Goodall” Africa: Geography, Science, and Folk Tales
Christopher Columbus: The Man, The Myth, and the Legend
G’Day Mate!

American:

I. Geography

Story Stretching: Tall Tales in North America

II. Native Americans

Native Americans
Native American Indians: Wampanoags
The Diné (Navajo) Native American Tribe
Three Native American Groups

III. Early Exploration and Settlement

A Journey to the New World: Christopher Columbus and the Pilgrims
Christopher Columbus: The Man, The Myth, and the Legend

IV. Presidents, Past and Present

Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln
A Collage of American Icons: Presidents and Symbols
Presidents and Symbols of Past, Present, and Future
The Presidents of Mount Rushmore
Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!

V. Symbols and Figures

Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!


Visual Arts

I. Elements of Art

Colossal Structures and Sculptures
Listen to the Talking Colors
Foundations in Art

II. Sculpture

No kindergarten lesson plans available

III. Looking at and Talking about Art

The Story of Art
Foundations in Art


Music

I. Elements of Music

The Rhythm of Life
Cracking the Elements of Music

II. Listening and Understanding

No kindergarten lesson plans available

III. Songs

No kindergarten lesson plans available


Mathematics

I. Patterns and Classification

Manipulatives + Literature = Mathematical Thinkers
Pitter, Patter with Patterns (Geometry, Patterns, and Classification)

II. Numbers and Number Sense

Manipulatives + Literature = Mathematical Thinkers

III. Money

Show Me the Money: Mastering the Meaning of Coins

IV. Computation

No kindergarten lesson plans available

V. Measurement

No kindergarten lesson plans available

VI. Geometry

Pitter, Patter with Patterns (Geometry, Patterns, and Classification)


Science

I. Plants and Plant Growth

Kinder Inquiring Minds Want to Know
How Does Your Garden Grow?

II. Animals and Their Needs

What Animals Need
Kinder Inquiring Minds Want to Know
Animals Around the World
“Goodall” Africa: Geography, Science, and Folk Tales

III. The Human Body

Kinder Inquiring Minds Want to Know
Chomp, Clap, Sneeze, and Snore: These are Sounds of a Healthy Me!
The Body Beautiful

IV. Introduction to Magnetism

Kinder Inquiring Minds Want to Know
Magnets Rock
May the Force be With You: A Unit on Magnets

V. Seasons and Weather

Weather or Not, Seasons Change
Weather Watchers
Wild Weather: At Home and Around the World

VI. Taking Care of the Earth

Taking Charge of Our Earth and Its Resources
For the Love of our Earth
How Does Your Garden Grow?

VII. Science Biographies

“Goodall” Africa: Geography, Science, and Folk Tales
The Plant Doctor Is In: The Story of George Washington Carver
The Wright Stuff