Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten: Foundational Skills

The games and printable lessons at the LiteracyCenter.Net are designed to map to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Kindergarten. Since most websites list standards for K-12  together, we have decided to provide our parents and teachers with this compendium of Kindergarten CCSS for easy review and reference.

Foundational Skills

 English Language Arts Standards >> Reading: Informational Text>>Kindergarten

Print Concepts


Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.


Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.


Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.


Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.


Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

Phonological Awareness


Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).


Recognize and produce rhyming words.


Count, pronounce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words.


Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.


Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.1 (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)


Add or substitute individual sounds (phonemes) in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.

Phonics and Word Recognition


Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.


Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.


Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.


Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do, does).


Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.



Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding.