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. To access the full Kindergarten ELA curriculum, please click here.


Math Expressions, published by Harcourt-Houghton Mifflin, is the math series utilized at all grade levels in the elementary schools. This math program is based on PA Core Standards and introduces concepts in a sequence that is aligned to these standards. Students engage in many lessons during which they are expected to achieve mastery of the concepts. Math talk and journal-writing are regular activities that enhance students' abilities to explain their thinking to others. In turn, this process helps deepen students' mathematical reasoning skills at each grade level. To access the full Kindergarten math curriculum, please click here. 

Related Arts

Kindergarten students participate in a varied related arts programs including instruction in library information skills, music, and physical education. 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. For more information on the related arts curriculum, please click on the appropriate link below.

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