English Language Arts

The goal of the Cocalico School District's English Language Arts program is to provide a rigorous curriculum designed to meet individual needs while preparing critically literate students who can achieve proficiency on local and state assessments and become literate citizens. The district has completed aligning the curriculum to the PA Core Standards and has developed systems for assessing students in all areas of English Language Arts. McGraw-Hill's Wonders materials are used in the classroom.


The Cocalico School District elementary division is currently using Curriculum Associates’ iReady core program. iReady is a robust mathematics program that helps students become strong, independent mathematical thinkers. The program uses a different approach to math instruction that focuses on learning through problem solving. The use of daily embedded learning routines allows teachers to guide students through instruction as they strengthen their conceptual understanding of mathematics. These routines ensure that all students develop problem-solving skills needed to become independent and confident mathematical thinkers. iReady focuses on the PA Standards as well as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)’s Effective Mathematics Teaching practices. In iReady, teachers facilitate conversations and monitor student thinking using a Try-Discuss-Connect routine. Students explore, question, model, represent, and discuss, and they also learn and apply important math strategies to deepen their thinking. Through daily Math Discourse, students explain their methods and, in turn, become more fluent in them. Mathematics content, routines, and models connect and build across the grade levels in iReady to provide a progression of teaching and learning. An iReady classroom offers supporting resources to be used in lessons through a blend of print and digital components to increase student engagement and build confidence. There are multiple tools available online for students and their families. 

Related Arts

Kindergarten students participate in a varied related arts programs including instruction in art, library information skills, music, and physical education. Kindergarten students engage in art lessons, one time each cycle, for 30 minutes. During those lessons, fine motor skills are refined, such as using glue and scissors, coloring, and folding. Students also are introduced to basic skills and knowledge of lines, patterns, shapes and colors, using different mediums such as paint, clay, drawing materials and mixed media. Kindergartners participate in weekly library lessons in which they hear stories, participate in large group discussions, and choose books to take home with them and enjoy with family and friends. Students are also introduced to digital learning in the library. In music class, students explore proper singing voice and melodic patterns, demonstrate the ability to keep a steady rhythm, respond to music and sounds with movement, and learn the expressive qualities of music. Physical education classes help to develop students physically, mentally, emotionally, and intellectually through physical activities provided for 30 minutes every four days.

Please click on the links below to access Kindergarten Curriculum Documents.

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