• What are the First Grade Expectations and Topics my Child Will Study?





    ·         Listen to and participate in poems, rhymes, songs, stories, and drama (presented in the form of books, audiotapes, videotapes, or other materials) 1.1,a, c, d

    ·         Tell and retell stories in sequence. 1.1b

    ·         Express ideas orally in complete sentences. 1.1e

    ·         Increase vocabulary (including nouns and content words) and begin to ask questions about unknown words 1.2

    ·         Initiate conversation and use conversation rules (use appropriate voice level; ask and answer questions; follow and give two steps directions) 1.3

    ·         Create rhyming words 1.4a

    ·         Count sounds in words, blend sounds to make words, break words into sounds, and add or delete sounds to make new words1.4b-e

    ·         Read from left to right and from top to bottom 1.5a

    ·         Match words with print 1.5b

    ·         Identify letters, words, sentences, ending punctuation. 1.5c

    ·         Read his/her own writing. 1.5d

    ·         Use beginning and ending consonant sounds and blends, short vowel sounds, and word patterns to decode and spell 1.6a,b, c, f

    ·         Blend beginning, middle, and ending sounds to read words1.6e

    ·         Read and spell compound words and high-frequency words 1.6h

    ·         Use words, phrases, sentences, titles and pictures, information in the story, sentences structure, story structure,  and rereading to help understand the story 1.7

    ·         Expand vocabulary by using context, listening to and reading a variety of text, asking for meaning of unknown words, using text clues, and using content words. 1.8

    ·         Show understanding of a story by:  previewing; setting a purpose; making connections with prior knowledge; making predictions; asking and answering questions; identifying characters, setting, and events; identifying text features, retelling the story; identifying the main idea, and reading with fluency, accuracy and expression. 1.9 & 1.10

    ·         Use a picture dictionary and find words using alphabetical order 1.11

    ·         Write letters legibly, put spaces between words and sentences, and spell using sounds 1.12

    ·         Write to communicate ideas, with emphasis on one topic, descriptive words, complete sentences (with beginning capital letter and ending punctuation), and correct spelling of high-frequency words. 1.13a-f

    ·         Share writing with others 1.13g

    ·         Use technology for reading and writing 1.14

    ·         Scientific Investigations: Observe, Classify, Use simple tools, Communicate, Graph, Measure, Predict, Question, Draw conclusions 1.1

    ·         Motion 1.2

    ·         How materials interact with water (separate, dissolve) 1.3

    ·         Plant needs, parts, and characteristics 1.4

    ·         Animal needs, parts, and characteristics 1.5

    ·         Sun and Earth (energy and position) 1.6

    ·         Seasonal and weather changes and the effect on plants, animals, and people 1.7

    ·         Natural resources/ recycling, reusing, reducing 1.8




    ·         Count and write numbers 0 to 100 1.1

    ·         Group items by tens and ones 1.1

    ·         Count by ones, twos, fives, and tens to 100 1.2

    ·         Count backwards from 30 1.2

    ·         Identify halves, thirds, and fourths and write the fractions 1.3

    ·         Determine if an answer is reasonable 1.4

    ·         Recall basic addition and subtraction facts 1.5

    ·         Create and solve story and picture problems 1.6

    ·         Identify the number of pennies equal to a nickel, dime, and quarter 1.7

    ·         Count pennies, nickels, dimes up to 100 cents 1.7

    ·         Tell time to the half-hour 1.8

    ·          Measure length, weight/mass, and volume using nonstandard units 1.9

    ·         Compare volume and weight/mass using the words more, less, or equivalent 1.10

    ·         Use calendar words (e.g., names of the months, today, yesterday, next week, last week) 1.11

    ·         Identify, trace, describe, create, sort, and find everyday examples of a triangle, square, rectangle, and circle 1.12 and 1.13

    ·         Use tables, picture graphs, and object graphs to describe data, using the words more, less, fewer, greater than, less than, and equal to. 1.14 and 1.15

    ·         Sort and classify objects by color, size, shape, and thickness 1.16

    ·         Recognize, describe, extend, and create patterns 1.17

    ·         Use the equal sign to show equality 1.18

    Social Studies

    ·        Timelines and past, present, and future  1.1

    ·        Famous people: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington Carver, and Eleanor Roosevelt 1.2

    ·        Holidays: President’s Day, Columbus Day, Independence Day 1.3

    ·        Map skills (symbols; cardinal directions; physical shape of U.S. and Virginia; locate Washington, DC and Richmond, VA) 1.4

    ·        Simple map (create) 1.5

    ·        Impact of location, climate, and surroundings on the way people live 1.6

    ·        Goods vs. services 1.7

    ·        Consumers vs. producers 1.7

    ·        Making economic choices 1.8

    ·        Saving money for the future 1.9

    ·        Good citizenship 1.10

    ·        American symbols/traditions: American flag, bald eagle, Washington Monument, Statue of Liberty, Pledge of Allegiance 1.11

    ·        Community (government, volunteering, diversity of people, united as Americans) 1.12


    For a more complete explanation of the grade level expectations, refer to the Virginia Department of Education Standards of Learning available at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/index.shtml

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