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Instructional Program Overview

The North Bergen School district utilizes a wide variety of print and digital resources as main and supplemental instructional tools to help meet the needs of each student as set forth by the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.   Programs are continuously reviewed and updated to keep up with the dynamic needs of all learners in North Bergen.

ReadyGEN (Grades K-5)

ReadyGEN is an integrated and well-balanced approach to reading and writing instruction for Grades K-6 classrooms. Authentic texts with modeling and teacher-directed activities drive learning and motivate readers. Students read authentic literary and informational texts. Instruction focuses on reading, writing, speaking, and listening in response to authentic texts.


Wilson Fundations (Grades K-2)

As a recognized leader in multisensory, structured language programs, Wilson brings more than a decade of systematic and explicit instruction to the K-3 classroom. Based on the Wilson Reading System® principles, Wilson Fundations® provides research-based materials and strategies essential to a comprehensive reading, spelling, and handwriting program.


Wilson Fundations: Level K


Level K of Fundations® will set a very strong foundation for reading and writing. 


By the end of Level K, students will be able to: 

  • Recognize and produce rhyming words

  • Segment words in an oral sentence

  • Segment words into syllables

  • Segment and pronounce initial, medial and final phonemes in spoken CVC words

  • Manipulate phonemes with additions or substitutions in one-syllable words

  • Name all letters of the alphabet

  • Write all manuscript letters in lowercase and uppercase

  • Sequence letters of the alphabet

  • Fluently produce sounds of consonants (primary) and short vowels when given the letter

  • Fluently produce sounds for basic digraphs (wh, sh, ch, th, ck)

  • Name and write corresponding letter(s) when given sounds for consonants, consonant digraphs, and short vowels

  • Distinguish long and short vowel sounds within words

  • Read and spell approximately 200 CVC words

  • Spell other words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships

  • Identify 75% of first 100 high frequency words, including 25-30 irregular (trick words) such as thewasof

  • Identify and name correct punctuation at end of sentence

  • Capitalize words at beginning of sentences and names of people

  • Name the author and illustrator of a story and define their roles

  • Explain narrative story structure including character, setting and main events

  • Use a combination of drawing and dictating to narrate linked events to tell about a story in sequence

  • Re-tell key details of narrative and informational text, using pictures or prompts as a guide

  • Identify characters, settings and main events in a story, with pictures or other prompts

  • Describe what happened in a story when given a specific illustration

  • With prompts, compare and contrast the experiences of characters in two stories

  • Explain difference between narrative and informational text

  • Echo-read a passage with correct phrasing and expression

  • Identify and explain new meanings for familiar words and newly taught words

  • Produce and expand complete sentences in shared language activities
  • Level K Home School Connections

Kindergarten Math
Our Kindergarten Mathematicians will explore representing and comparing whole numbers and describing shapes. Students will learn to count and compare numbers. Students will model joining and separating situations with sets of objects and eventually see equations such as 5 + 2 = 7 and 7 - 5 = 2. Students will be able to count the number of objects in a set and count the number of objects that remain in a set after some are taken away. Students will also be exploring their physical world using geometric ideas. They will be able to identify basic two and three dimensional shapes such as squares, triangles, circles, rectangles, cones, cubes, and cylinders. 
We are in our second year of a new Math program called enVision. This program allows our students to explore different mathematical concepts and come up with different strategies. There is a free app that goes with our program to help at home called Bounce Pages. There are pages in the book that can be scanned and a video will pop up with additional information. The videos are in English and Spanish.