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What Children Learn in First Grade



   What Children Learn in First Grade


·         Demonstrate basic computer skills including mouse skills

·         Acquire ability to word process using their name, alphabet, common words and numbers


Language Arts/Reading

·        Listen to and follow simple directions

·        Reinforce alphabet recognition and sounds

·        Identify parts of books (Table of Contents, author, illustrator, etc.)

·        Read, write and spell initial, middle and final consonant sounds, clusters and diagraphs, short vowel words and long vowel words

·        Read aloud with fluency and expression

·        Read and discuss comprehension of stories/books by using CLAP (character, location, activity, problem)

·        Apply all reading strategies for various types of comprehension: context clues, main idea, etc.

·        Read books for enjoyment and information 

·        Write a complete sentence with basic punctuation and capitalization

·        Identify and write asking and telling sentences

·        Write a three sentence story (using dictionary and other resources as needed)

·        Spell frequently used words correctly

·         Apply oral language skills and use language to convey appropriate message

·         Use legible handwriting  

·         Understand basic safety procedures and rules
·         Categorize food in the appropriate group on the nutrition pyramid
·         Understand the importance of practicing personal health habits, balanced meals, 
    exercise, rest, cleanliness and dental health 
·         Discuss current health issues through use of Weekly Reader/Scholastic News 


·         Use problem solving strategies (i.e., graphs, charts, estimation and Venn Diagrams)

·         Understand numbers 1-100     (i.e., counting, recognize, write, before, after, greater than, less than, even/odd)

·         Skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s

·         Use ordinal numbers first through twelfth

·         Sorting objects; draw and identify patterns

·         Identify basic shapes and introduce 3-dimensional figures (i.e., pyramid)

·         Demonstrate addition and subtraction of 1digit numbers (horizontally and vertically)

·         Demonstrate addition and subtraction of 2 digit numbers (no carrying or borrowing)

·         Know addition and subtraction facts to 10

·         Understand place value using tens and ones

·         Read, write and understand the meaning of 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4

·         Identify and count amounts of coins (pennies, nickels and dimes) to $1.00

·         Measure to the nearest inch or centimeter

·         Tell time to hour and half-hour

·         Introduce different types of measurement (i.e., scales, thermometer)

·         Use a calendar correctly to find days of the week and date



·         Investigate living and non-living things: differences, similarities, identifying factors and groupings

·         Understand the characteristics and needs of both plants and animals

·         Investigate how people, animals and plants change in different seasons

·         Identify weather changes such as temperature, wind, precipitation and clouds

·         Discuss magnetic force, strengths, attraction and poles

·         Discuss the types of soil

·         Investigate recycling and taking care of the environment

·         Discuss current events in science through the use of Weekly Reader/Scholastic News

·         Discuss science links between Reading Program and /or Social Studies, etc.


Social Studies

·         Investigate maps and globes

·         Explore and participate in activities related to yearly events and seasonal celebrations

·         Recognize the difference between self/family needs and wants, work and jobs

·         Connecting past history (i.e., Columbus, pilgrims, past presidents, etc.) to past and current American life

·         Discuss the connections between people, products, goods and services, from the local community to other places

·         Awareness of self, families, groups and cultures within a variety of settings

·         Demonstrate by actions and understand the attributes of being a good citizen (friendship, rules, etc.)

·         Develop an awareness of how science and technology have affected pollution and recycling

·         Explore social studies/literature connections through reading program

·         Discuss current events through Weekly Reader/Scholastic News


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