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First Grade Expectations

English Language Arts

In grade one, 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, settings, 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


In grade one, students will work with whole numbers and place value—including grouping numbers into tens and ones as they learn to add and subtract up through 20. Students will also use charts, tables, and diagrams to solve problems. Activities in these areas will include:
• Quickly and accurately adding numbers together that total up to 10 or less and subtracting from numbers up through 10
• Understanding the rules of addition and subtraction (for example, 5+2=2+5)
• Solving word problems that involve adding or subtracting numbers up through 20
• Understanding what the different digits mean in two-digit numbers (place value)
• Comparing two-digit numbers using the symbols > (more than), = (equal to) , and < (less than)
• Understanding the meaning of the equal sign (=) and determining if statements involving addition and subtraction are true or false (for example, which of the following statements are true? 3+3=6, 4+1=5+2)
• Adding one- and two-digit numbers together
• Measuring the lengths of objects using a shorter object as a unit of length
• Putting objects in order from longest to shortest or shortest to longest
• Organizing objects into categories and comparing the number of objects in different categories
• Dividing circles and rectangles into halves and quarters

What Does CCSS mean for you?

• Your students will participate in a more rigorous instructional program that will better prepare them for success
• As a parent/guardian, you will know what your student is expected to learn and in turn help support student learning

• Students will be better prepared to go onto college and the workforce.
• Students will have a clear understanding of what they are expected to learn in ELA and Mathematics

• These common standards will help prepare students to be college prepared and workforce ready
• With these standards students will receive a high quality education regardless of what school they go to or what state they live in.


Common Core Standards Parent Guide

English Language Arts - English Version

English Language Arts - Spanish Version

Mathematics - English Version

Mathematics - Spanish Version

Common Core

State Standards

English Language Arts


English Language Development