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1st Grade

First grade is an exciting year.  With a year of kindergarten under their belt, teachers are able to take the students to new heights.  Students typically start the year reading short sentences and finish the year reading entire books independently.  Spelling lessons focus on teaching students to recognize patterns in how we spell words while helping them learn the most common words that don't follow patterns.  Their writing blossoms as they learn to write complete paragraphs and short stories.  They start the year as fledgling mathematicians who add and subtract single digit problems like 2+3=5, and end the year adding and subtracting double digit numbers.  In science the students get to explore topics such as animals, plants, weather, and solids, liquids and gases.  In social studies, they are finding out about their local neighborhoods, good citizenship, and how things have changed over time.  In addition to using text books and worksheets, teachers incorporate art, music, hands on activities, and relevant stories in their standards based lessons.

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Below is a brief list of Key academic skills that students are expected to have mastered by the end of first grade.  For a complete list of the California State Standards for Education, follow this link to the California Department of Education's website.

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Language Arts: Reading/Oral Language
  • Identifies letters, words, and sentences
  • Corresponds letters to sounds
  • Recognizes initial, middle, and final sounds
  • Blends sounds into words
  • Reads sight words
  • Reads with fluency
  • Follows two-step directions
  • Comprehends stories
  • Makes predictions about stories
  • Speaks in complete sentences
  • Identifies/describes story elements
  • Retells, poems, rhymes, songs, and stories

Language Arts: Writing
  • Prints legibly using proper letter formation and spacing
  • Uses capital letters appropriately
  • Uses punctuation appropriately
  • Spells grade-level words appropriately
  • Writes complete sentences
  • Uses descriptive words
  • Writes a paragraph describing an experience

  • Counts, reads, and writes numbers to 100
  • Compares and orders whole numbers to 100
  • Counts by 2's,5's,10's, to 100
  • Recalls addition and subtraction facts to 20 by memory
  • Solves addition and subtraction problems with one and two digit numbers
  • Solves story problems
  • Tells time to nearest half-hour
  • Identifies, describes, and compares geometric shapes
  • Identifies coins and their value
  • Shows different combinations of coins that equal the same value
  • Solves problems and justifies reasoning

  • Understands the Scientific Method
  • Learns vocabulary and concepts for each science unit:
  • Life Science: Plants and Animals
  • Physical Science: Solids, Liquids, and Gases
  • Earth Science: Weather and Seasons

History/Social Science: A Child's Place in Time and Space
  • Learns Vocabulary and Concepts for each History/Social Studies Unit:
  • Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship
  • Maps and Globes
  • Symbols, Icons and Traditions of the United States
  • Changes Over Time
  • Goods and Services
  • Celebrating Cultures