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Assessment is a critical step in the learning process.

Blueprint for Early Learning provides several assessment resources. Use these resources to learn what your children’s strengths and needs are and to make instructional decisions.

COMPREHENSIVE

Teaching Point Checklist

Blueprint for Early Learning features a comprehensive set of teaching points that are academically and developmentally appropriate. Use the checklists provided for each unit to record child observation notes. These notes can inform the instructional choices you make to meet the needs of your children.

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Unit 1

Unit 1 - Building Our Classroom Community

Unit 2

Unit 2 - Healthy Kids

Unit 3

Unit 3 - Exploring Our Local Community

Unit 4

Unit 4 - We Are Architects!

Unit 5

Unit 5 - Life on the Farm

Unit 6

Unit 6 - Mix & Make

Unit 7

Unit 7 - Let's Eat!

Unit 8

Unit 8 - Animal Architects

Unit 9

Unit 9 - Look Up!

Unit 10

Unit 10 - Celebrating Our Classroom Community

LITERACY

Developmental Stages
of Writing

The developmental stages of writing follow a fairly prescribed trajectory. Use this checklist to locate in which stage an individual child is working. Compare the child's unit writing prompts, or their freely composed writing samples, to the chart. Then use your observations to help advance the child to the next stage.
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Checklist

Developmental Stages of Writing

Unit 1

Unit 1 - Building Our Classroom Community

Unit 2

Unit 2 - Healthy Kids

Unit 3

Unit 3 - Exploring Our Local Community

Unit 4

Unit 4 - We Are Architects!

Unit 5

Unit 5 - Life on the Farm

Unit 6

Unit 6 - Mix & Make

Unit 7

Unit 7 - Let's Eat!

Unit 8

Unit 8 - Animal Architects

Unit 9

Unit 9 - Look Up!

Unit 10

Unit 10 - Celebrating Our Classroom Community
 

LITERACY

Letter and Sound Knowledge

Letters and sounds are the building blocks of words. Use this tool to record each child’s growing knowledge of letters and sounds, and inform individualized instruction. Compile the whole class’ data to help you form strategic groups of children who are working on a particular skill.

LITERACY

Concepts of Print

Print is all around us. Understanding that print carries meaning is a crucial step in learning to read. Use this checklist to break down concepts of print into discreet, measurable skills, so that you can scaffold your instruction during read-aloud lessons and other experiences throughout the day.

LITERACY 

Phonological Awareness

Phonological Awareness is an umbrella term for specific skills in working with oral language. Developing phonological awareness is an important predictor of later reading and writing success. Use these observation tools to note children’s knowledge of several key components of phonological awareness: syllables, rhymes, and beginning sounds in words. Compile the class’ data to help you analyze children's strengths and needs and to individualize instruction (e.g. form groups of children who are working on a particular skill).

Sound Observations

Sound Observations

Rhyme Observations

Rhyme Observations

Syllable Observations

Syllable Observations

MATHEMATICS

Number & Number Sense

Children's sense of numbers and quantities, and their ability to use them to count, are part of this domain. Children learn how to count accurately, for example, by learning the verbal counting sequence, and counting sets of objects with one-to-one correspondence. Also, they can learn that numbers are represented in different ways such as words and symbols. Use these tools to gather data about children’s strengths and needs in this area in order to adapt and refine your instruction.
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Count to 5

M.NNS.1 / Count 5

Count to 10

M.NNS.1 / Count 10

Count to 20

M.NNS.1 / Count 20

1:1 Correspondence

1:1 Correspondence

Representations

M.NNS.6 / Representations

Subitization

M.NNS.8 / Subitization

MATHEMATICS

Operations & Algebraic Thinking

Children can combine and separate numbers to make new ones, notice that operations lead to changes in numbers, and realize that when they count up by ones, they are adding one each time (a pattern!). When using operations with concrete objects and stories, and in authentic problem solving situations, children are building the foundations of algebra. Use these tools to gather data about children’s strengths and needs in this area in order to adapt and refine your instruction.

Compare Numbers

M.OAT.6 / Compare Numbers

MATHEMATICS

Geometry & Spatial Relations

Geometry includes identifying and naming two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes, their attributes, and how they can be split apart and put together to make new shapes. Spatial relations is about children's sense of where their bodies are in space, and where objects are and how they move around. Use these tools to gather data about children’s strengths and needs in this area in order to adapt and refine your instruction.
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Shape Names

M.GSR.1 / Shape Names

Shape Attributes

M.GSR.2 / Shape Attributes

Position

M.GSR.8 / Position

MATHEMATICS

Patterns & Attributes

Some say math is "the science of patterns." Children can look for, identify repetition, and begin to see how to use that repetition to make predictions. They can learn about and identify the attributes of objects in order to find patterns in them, sort them, and measure them. Children can look for similarities and differences in the attributes of concrete objects, sounds, and even their favorite foods. Use these tools to gather data about children’s strengths and needs in this area in order to adapt and refine your instruction.
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Sorts

M.PA.3 / Sorts

Patterns

M.PA.4 / Patterns

MATHEMATICS

Data & Measurement

When children measure objects, they can find out about their attributes such as length, weight, and height. Children can also learn how to collect data or information about what they see, and then graph and analyze the data to answer questions. Use these tools to gather data about children’s strengths and needs in this area in order to adapt and refine your instruction.
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Data

M.MD.5 / Data

Data Display

M.MD.6 / Data Display

Ordering

M.MD.11 / Ordering