Mary A. Morris


Mrs. Morris obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mary Baldwin College in 2006. She has been employed with Alleghany County Public Schools for 10 years. She taught kindergarten and 1st grade at Mountain View Elementary before coming to Callaghan where she teaches junior kindergarten. 

She and her husband, Jody live in the Callaghan area and have one grown son, Jeremy. She enjoys singing, playing piano and writing music.




Semester Plans

Below is a list of SOL’s (Standards of Learning) that will be covered during the first semester of kindergarten. These SOLs will be taught through many units, themes, games, activities and literature with topics including apples, bus safety, community workers, community signs, colors, fall, five senses, daily snacks, Thanksgiving (Native Americans such as Powhatan and Pocahontas), December holidays and citizenship.


Language Arts Plan


Reading K.5, K.6, K.7, K.8, K.9, K.10

At the kindergarten level, students will be immersed in a print-rich environment. They will learn the concepts of print, basic phonetic principles, comprehension of stories, and letter identification skills through systematic, direct instruction, individual and small group activities, and time spent exploring and reading books and other print material. Students will learn to identify and name the uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet, understand that letters represent sounds, and identify beginning consonant sounds in single consonant words. They will also learn to comprehend and relate stories through drama, retelling, drawing, and their own writing.  During the first six weeks, we will have a letter of the day from A to Z. Students will be introduced to each letter, with the focus on recognition, the sound made by the letter, writing the letter, and recognizing items with that letter as their beginning sound. During the second and third six weeks, we cover letters M, S, A, T, C, P, N, F, and B in more depth according to how they are used with our stories in our Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reading Series. Students will be divided into Reading Groups for small group instruction and more one-on-one help.


Writing K.11, K.12, K.13

At the kindergarten level, students will begin to build a connection between oral and written language. Awareness that spoken language can be written and written language can be read is a fundamental concept in communicating ideas. Students will learn to print the uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet as well as their first and last names. Kindergarten writing reflects the students’ oral language. Students will communicate their ideas through drawings, scribbles, letter strings, letter approximations, and dictation to adults. We use writing journals on a weekly basis.


Pacing Guide:

1st Six Weeks

2nd Six Weeks

3rd Six Weeks

Welcome to Kindergarten (2 weeks)

Unit 1 (3 weeks)

K.7a, K.4a,b, K.5a,b,c

K.11a (first name)

Unit 1 (2 weeks)

Unit 2 (4 weeks

K.7a,b,c,d, K.5, K.6d, K.11a (first name)

Unit 2 (1 week)

Unit 3 (5 weeks)

K.6a,b,c, & d, K.7, K.11a (first name)




Math Plan


1st Six Weeks

2nd Six Weeks

3rd Six Weeks

K.4 Counting by 1’s

K.11 Shapes – envision Topic 7

K.15 Sorting – envision Topic 1

K.2 Sets to 5 – envision Topic 4

K.12 Location – envision Topic – 2

K.4 Counting by 1’s, Count by 10’s

K.16 Patterns –

Topic 3

K.2 Sets to 10 – Topic 5

K.1 More, fewer, the same – Topic 6

K.4 Counting by 1’s, Counting by 5’s & 10’s

K.2 Sets to 15 –Topic 12

K.9 Time – Topic 14

K.8 Tools of Measurement – Topic 9

K.10 Measurement – Topic 9/15


Numbers 0-15 are covered during the first semester of Kindergarten. Other topics covered include shapes, sorting, patterns, more/fewer, counting by tens and fives, measurement tools, and telling time to the hour. As well as whole group instruction using our Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley envisionMath Series, students will be divided into Math Groups for small group instruction and more one-on-one assistance.



Science Plan


1st Six Weeks

2nd Six Weeks

3rd Six Weeks

K.9 -Earth patterns, cycles and change: weather, natural objects, plant and animal growth.

K.4 - Matter –observation /investigation of things and describing things in our world by color, shapes/forms, sizes/weights, position and speed

K.1 -Scientific investigation, reasoning and logic

K.2, K.4 -The 5 Senses and scientific investigation, reasoning and logic

sensory descriptors used to describe common objects and phenomena (sweet, sour, bitter, salty, rough/smooth, hard/soft, cold, warm, hot, loud/soft, high/low, bright/dull).

K.10 - Change/Life Cycles

K.3 - Force, Motion and Energy -

Magnetism and its effects; practical application and use of magnets.







Social Studies/History Plan


1st Six Weeks

2nd Weeks

3rd Weeks

K.4 – Geography – describe relative location of people and things using positional words (next to, above/below, near/far, behind/in front, left/right)

K.10– Citizenship/good character

K.11a-c– Recognize American flag, say the Pledge of Allegiance, and know that the President is the leader of the United States

Community symbols/signs

K.2 – history of events and people of other times and places

K.8, K.1c, K.7 – Community helpers

K.11d – History - Thanksgiving

December holidays

K.9a,b – Needs and wants, people earn money to buy the things they want




Student work is assessed on a daily basis. Samples of their work are kept in individual assessment folders for report card marking and proof of mastery of SOLs. Work is assessed with checks for sufficient progress and X’s for insufficient progress.