Order involves the understanding of sequence, succession, steps, and arrangement of events, actions, objects and details. Kindergarteners work toward understanding the concept of order to build toward the larger concepts of patterns, task completion, and organization. This essential and foundational concept is the basis for life-long sense making.
Order can connect 9 of the 10 content areas as detailed below.
Comprehensive Health and Physical Education
In comprehensive health and physical education, order involves students learning how to follow directions and the steps and sequence for accomplishing a task. Examples of order include learning the rules of a game and following common hygiene practices. Following directions and the steps of hygiene practices are skills that are fundamental to students’ later contributions to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment.
In dance, order is shown through simple phrases of movement and rhythm. Moving in a simple pattern in rhythm connects loco motor and muscle memory to patterning.
Drama and Theatre Arts
In drama and theatre arts, order is demonstrated by steps of a dramatic task. Moving from one part of the stage to another based on cues develops an understanding of a simple dramatic plot.
In mathematics, order is determined by examining relative sizes of quantities. For example, ordering objects can be done through the use of length, height, weight and price. Students at this age are also learning the number names in correct order. Kindergarteners sequence objects and numerals to determine order.
In music, order is shown through simple rhythmic patterns that have a distinct arrangement. A simple pattern of short/long, short/long prepares students for more formalized musical form such as AB musical patterns.
Reading, Writing, and Communicating
In reading, writing, and communicating, order is demonstrated by recognizing and sequencing word parts, writing tasks, and information. In kindergarten, this includes using initial, medial and final letters/sounds to form words; retelling and writing stories with a beginning, middle and end; following oral and/or written directions; and writing in a left to right, top to bottom order.
In science, order demonstrates that events in the world are not random but instead follow specific rules or laws that can be understood. The motion of objects such as a child on a swing, a car moving down the street, or a rocket going into space all happen in predictable ways.
In social studies, order is demonstrated through understanding patterns, chronology and sequence. In history, order organizes events or ideas into logical sequence. In addition, order can refer to a formal association of people with similar interests. In civics, order may refer to a legally binding command or rule. Being able to comprehend and transfer the multiple definitions of order and understanding their significance is a building block of social studies concept mastery and is essential for a prepared student.
In visual arts, order involves developing plans for making art and organizing the use of material based on trial and error. Beginning with a specific order to create art provides hands on experiences with a foundational sequence and cause and effect processes.
Summary Document: All standards pages for order
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