First Grade


Grade 1 Math Curriculum Framework

Operations & Algebraic Thinking
  • Use tools to solve word problems with two numbers.
  • Use tools to solve word problems using more than two numbers.
  • Add and subtract fact families.
  • Use addition to solve subtraction problems.
  • Use counting to solve addition and subtraction problems.
  • Use my skills to add and subtract within 20.
  • Explain the meaning of the equal sign.
  • Find the missing number in a number sentence, using addition and/or subtraction.
Numbers & Operations: Base Ten
  • Count to 120 starting at any number less than 120.
  • Write numbers to 120.
  • Read numbers to 120.
  • Use tools to make and explain two digit numbers.
  • Compare two digit numbers with symbols >,=and <.
  • Use tools to add 10s to a two-digit number.
  • Use tools to add numbers less than 10 to a two-digit number.
  • Add 10s to two-digit numbers without having to count.
  • Use tools to subtract by 10s.
Measurement & Data
  • Measure objects by length.
  • Compare objects by length.
  • Use one object to describe another object.
  • Tell time to the hour.
  • Tell time to the half hour.
  • Sort and tally data.
  • Show data in a graph.
  • Ask and answer questions about data using a graph.
  • Name, build, draw and describe shapes.
  • Draw 2-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half-circles and quarter-circles).
  • Draw 3-dimensional shapes (cubes, prisms, cones and cylinders).
  • Break circles and rectangles into equal parts.

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Grade 1 Literacy Curriculum Framework

  • Ask and answer questions after listening or reading a story.
  • Retell a story including naming the characters, key events and vocabulary from the story.
  • Tell the difference between fiction and non-fiction.
  • Identifies who is telling the story.
Informational Text
  • Ask and answer questions after listening or reading a text.
  • Talk about the main idea/concept, key details and vocabulary after reading text.
  • Use parts of the book to help me understand (heading, glossary, table of contents).
  • Compare and contrast information in two texts on same topic.
Foundational Skills
  • Use capital letters in sentences.
  • Use punctuation at the end of sentences.
  • Use what I know about letter sounds to read new words (digraphs, vowel pairs)
  • Use what I know about short and long vowels to read words.
  • Use reading strategies to decode unknown words.
  • Read all sight words taught.
  • Read and understand 1st grade books.
  • Read out loud the way I talk.
  • Write an opinion piece that: states my opinion, has reasons to support my opinion, uses transitions and has a concluding sentence.
  • Write an expository writing piece with a topic sentence, facts, and a concluding sentence.
  • Write a narrative writing piece that includes details that describe actions, feelings, time order words and a concluding sentence.
  • Edit and revise my writing piece, with guidance.
Speaking and Listening
  • Take turns when I am talking and listening.
  • Use complete sentences when I talk.
  • Use upper and lower case letters.
  • Capitalize first word in a sentence, proper nouns, pronoun “I” and dates.
  • Use ending punctuation (period, question mark and exclamation mark)
  • Spell already taught spelling patterns and sight words.
  • Spell using the sounds I hear in a word.
  • Repeat and use new words I learn.
Grade 1 Curriculum Resources
  • Online: TumbleBooks and Storyline online
  • Pearson: Good Habits, Great Readers
  • Pearson: Good Habits, Great Writers
  • Guided Reading Book Library
  • Words I Use When I Write Student Dictionary
  • Online: Shurley English
  • Pearson: Words Their Way
  • Heggerty Phonemic Awareness
  • Tucker Signing
  • McGraw-Hill: My Math curriculum books and on-line
  • Online: IXL Math
  • Hands-on math materials
Grade 1 Instructional Practices

  • Daily 5/CAFE literacy framework (Shared, guided, one-on-one)
  • Literacy and math learning stations
  • Use of Leveled books matched to readers
  • Hands-on math materials
  • Technology: Promethean Board, iPads, computers

Summer Reading Suggestions for Kids Going Into Second Grade

Caldecott Awards and Honor Books
  • Alphabet City by Stephen Johnson
  • Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove
  • The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and Chris Raschka
  • Owen by Kevin Henkes
  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  • A Story, A Story by Gail E. Haley
Picture Books
  • And I Mean It, Stanley by Crosby Bonsall
  • Arthur series by Marc Brown
  • Berenstain Bear series by Jan and Stan Berenstain
  • Clifford series by Norman Bridwell
  • Dinosaur Time by Peggy Parish
  • The Eye Book by Theo LeSieg
  • Franklin series by Paulette Bourgeois
  • Froggy series by Jonathan London
  • How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
  • Little Critter series by Mercer Mayer
  • Morris the Moose by Bernard Wiseman
  • Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Beginning Chapter Books
  • Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
  • Nate the Great series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
  • Horrible Harry series by Suzy Kline
Nonfiction Books
  • Any nonfiction books at your child's level are great for summer reading

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Grade 1 Online Resources for Parents and Students

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