Grade 1

In Grade 1, your child will build important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.  Students will continue to learn the letters and sounds that make up words.  They will think, talk and write about what they read in stories, articles and other sources of information.  In their writing, students will work on putting together clear sentences on a range of topics using a growing vocabulary. 

Activities in these areas will include:

  • Reading stories and showing they understand the lesson or moral of the story
  • Asking and answering questions about a story, including characters, setting and major events
  • Comparing and contrasting the experiences of different characters
  • Identifying the reasons an author gives to support a point
  • Explaining differences between texts that tell stories and texts that provide information
  • Learning and using new words
  • Participating in class discussions by listening, responding to what others are saying and asking questions
  • Describing people, places, things, and events, expressing feelings and ideas clearly
  • Learning basic rules of spoken and written English
  • Working with others to gather facts and information on a topic
  • Writing to describe an event, provide information on a topic, or share an opinion


Suggested book list for first graders

Video: Does your first grader decode like this?

Article: Decoding Activities for Your Beginning Reader

Video: What should first grade writing look like?

Video: Does your first grade reader understand like this? A look at comprehension 

Reading Strategies