Kindergarten Focal Points
The Focal Points are organized to lend coherence to the lengthy lists of standards teachers were expected to address each year and to assist teachers in identifying the highest-priority knowledge, skills, and strategies taught at each grade level. Since the focal points are meant to highlight connections across strands, or topics, many focal points include student expectations that involve applications of the "big idea" presented in the focal point. Although the focal points at each grade level look different then some grades from the strands organization in the basic TEKS document these focal points contain exactly the same student expectations that are in the revised TEKS. The focal points provide direction for making decisions related to instructional time, choice of instructional materials, and depth of questioning.
1. Developing an understanding of whole numbers
Students count, represent, and compare quantities and collections fluently to at least 20.
2. Developing an understanding of addition and subtraction
Students use meanings of addition and subtraction as adding to and taking from, and they explain strategies for solving problems and responding to practical situations involving addition and subtraction.
3. Identifying and using attributes of two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional solids, including measurable attributes.
Students identify and use attributes and components of two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional solids, including measurable attributes.