1st Grade Learning Standards

1st Grade Learning Standards

Language Arts
The Language Arts program develops students into effective communicators through a variety of
reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities. Students will continue to develop the reading
process; phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and composition. Students will be
given an exposure to a variety of reading materials; fiction, non-fiction, classical, and
contemporary. These elements support each other to build a solid foundation of linguistic
understanding for the reader. Students will continue to fluently decode words and use
comprehension strategies while reading. Throughout the writing process of prewriting, drafting,
revising, editing, and publishing students will reflect on their own writing skills, set goals, and
evaluate progress.

Mathematics
New learning builds upon previous knowledge and is needed to learn new skills.
Students will engage in mathematical problem solving concepts, use reasoning, collect
data, explore, model, and describe patterns, use geometric methods to analyze shapes,
make direct measurements, and use inductive reasoning. Students will become proficient
in numerical operations involving addition and subtraction using 2-digits and demonstrate
the ability to add fractions with like denominators. Students will gain basic knowledge of
fundamental mathematical skills essential for success in following grades.

History
First grade History introduces the concept that settlement enables cultures and
civilizations to develop in different places around the world, advancing their own and
later civilizations. North America and Egypt are introduced as examples. Exploration is
revisited by introducing the impact of interaction between Native Americans and
Europeans during the period of colonization. Topics from American History, World
History, Government, Geography, and Economics will be explored.

Science
Students are naturally curious about the world and nature. To sustain this curiosity,
students will be actively engaged in learning to view the world scientifically through
hands-on experience and observation. Students will be encouraged to ask questions
about nature and seek the answers, collect, count, and measure things, make observations,
organize collections, and discuss findings. Students will explore topics from Life
Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Science and build upon science skills
acquired in Kindergarten.