Grade 1

Language Arts Phonics/Spelling

  • Uses knowledge of suffixes to determine meaning of words Uses alphabetical order to locate information and to order words
  • Knows various types of mass media (radio, TV, billboards, newspapers, internet)
  • Blends sounds to form appropriate words
  • Uses word family patterns to identify words
  • Recognizes short and long vowel sounds
  • Identifies consonant digraphs (sh, ch, th, etc.) and blends (bl, st, etc.)
  • Sounds out new words
  • Uses appropriate capitalization for sentence beginnings and names
  • Uses appropriate punctuation at end of sentence
  • Uses phonetic spelling
  • Identifies and uses contractions and abbreviations Identifies types of sentences
  • Uses appropriate word order in sentences
  • Identifies nouns, verbs and adjectives


  • Uses appropriate decoding strategies (phonics, context, sound/symbol cues)
  • Recognizes high frequency words
  • Builds on basic sight vocabulary
  • Identifies broad literary genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry)
  • Identifies beginning, middle, end of a story
  • Identifies main characters, setting and simple plot in story
  • Identifies problems and solutions in stories
  • Reads aloud in a natural voice and appropriate speed
  • Uses specific details and information from text to answer literal questions
  • Identifies similarities and differences between two texts
  • Uses prior knowledge, illustrations and text to make predictions
  • Reads age-appropriate material individually
  • Selects own reading materials


  • Generates prewriting ideas
  • Writes in complete sentences
  • Writes for narrative and descriptive purposes
  • Supports content with evidence
  • Uses illustrations to support text
  • Writes stories following simple pattern
  • Maps and writes simple stories with beginning, middle, end
  • Understands that word choice can shape ideas, feelings, and actions
  • Begins to use writing process

Public Speaking

  • Uses basic conversation strategies (i.e., asking clarifying questions, taking turns, staying on topic)
  • Uses speaking vocabulary to convey a message
  • Uses eye contact and appropriate gesture to enhance oral delivery
  • Reads simple material with appropriate inflection
  • Participates in class presentations/plays


  • Reads and writes numerals to 100 or more
  • Compares and orders whole numbers to 100 or more using concrete materials
  • Identifies even and odd numbers
  • Solves addition/subtraction number stories
  • Finds patterns in addition/subtraction facts
  • Adds/subtracts using a calculator
  • Uses symbols +, -, =
  • Writes/solves addition and subtraction number sentences
  • Represents, explains and compares fractions (1/2, 1/4, 3/4) as part of a whole and part of a set using concrete materials
  • Knows place value patterns and uses zero as a place holder
  • Describes thinking when solving number problems
  • Makes reasonable estimates when comparing larger or smaller quantities
  • Estimates reasonable answers to basic facts
  • Demonstrates an understanding of measurement, weight, time, temperature and capacity by selecting appropriate units of measurement
  • Estimates and measures the passage of time to the 1/4 hour
  • Knows and compares money values, including all coins and $1
  • Knows attributes of two-and three-dimensional figures
  • Knows shapes can be combined to form other shapes
  • Compares and sorts two-and three-dimensional objects
  • Identifies, describes and compares patterns using a wide variety of materials and attributes
  • Predicts, extends and creates patterns
  • Uses a calculator to compare data and explores computer graphing software
  • Explains if an event is certain, probable or impossible
  • Discusses results of games and activities dependent upon chance

Physical Education

  • Learns to warm up the body
  • Performs simple stretches
  • Learns various tagging games
  • Awareness of personal and open space
  • Works on throwing and catching properly
  • Learns how to kick the ball properly
  • Learns how use TEAMWORK
  • Listens and understands various rules to games and activities
  • Learns techniques, rules, and games for the following sports: soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis, volleyball, badminton, and football
  • Learns how to play kickball, capture the bean bag, street hockey, and various scooter games
  • Takes part in the Presidential Fitness Test
  • Is introduced to the heart monitor device
  • Always practices good sportsmanship

Social Studies

  • Recognizes and describes how things can change over time (transportation, communication)
  • Recognizes interdependence of people and organizations in a community/world community
  • Identifies how different types of work benefit family and community at large
  • Identifies basic economic concepts -supply, demand, scarcity, goods, services
  • Knows examples of economic choices and what is given up when making a choice
  • Understands that people in different places around the world depend on each other for the exchange of goods and services
  • Knows that areas can be classified as regions according to physical and human criteria
  • Understands the ways climate, location, physical surroundings affect the way people live


  • Identifies basic weather vocabulary (types of clouds, storms, etc.)
  • Describes basic weather patterns
  • Describes how weather patterns in different parts of the world affect the physical structure and population of the area
  • Identifies different types of energy
  • Recognizes that light passes through some types of matter and not through others
  • Knows sources of health information and how to locate them
  • Recognizes warning labels and signs on hazardous substances


  • Student recognizes pinyin and hanyu characters
  • Performs poetry, rhymes and songs using body language, origami
  • Understands stories through listening to others
  • Identifies beginning, middle and end
  • Follows and gives simple instructions
  • Understands oral messages based on familiar themes and vocabulary
  • States an idea in single sentences clearly
  • Blends sounds to form appropriate words
  • Recognizes the four tones
  • Sounds out new words
  • Identifies nouns, verbs, adjectives
  • Recognizes basic sight vocabulary


  • Recognize and write: simple syllables blends, complete sentences about actions of people in the stories and vocabulary theme words for each unit
  • Read using correct pronunciation of words and intonations of sentences for the stories
  • Paraphrase actions of the characters in the stories
  • Express feelings, likes and dislikes, time, weather, ask and answer questions about the illustrations in the stories
  • Conjugate common verbs in present tense
  • Understand and apply correctly the verb SER and ESTAR, concept of masculine and feminine for nouns, definite and indefinite articles and plurals and singular or nouns
  • Recognize and express numbers 1-100, geometrical shapes, arithmetic symbols, hours and half hours, occupations, common countries in Latin America, farm and zoo animals, seasons, items in the universe, parts of the body, means of transportation, members of the family, fruits, vegetables and 60 most common verbs.
  • Recognize different phonemes; understand by True I False exercises the plots of the stories and everyday commands in different situations
  • Appreciate the rich culture of Latin America through activities in the arts and field trips


  • Distinguishes the differences within and among art materials, techniques, processes and organizational structures such as elements and principles of design
  • Understands that works of art communicate ideas and elicit a variety of responses
  • Uses the elements of art and principles of design to communicate ideas effectively
  • Understands how artists generate and express ideas according to their individual, cultural and historical experiences
  • Knows the difference between an original work of art and a reproduction
  • Understands that people create art for various reasons


  • Uses off instruments to demonstrate attributes of rhythm
  • Identifies and begins to produce harmonies to main melody
  • Understands how to describe vocal sounds (tone, color, style, dynamics, etc.)
  • Expands vocal range as possible
  • Sings in tune
  • Experiences solo singing
  • Explores more complex locomotor movements with music
  • Notices repeated and contrasting sections, solo/chorus, verse/refrain and call/response sections in music selections
  • Recognizes sections in an orchestral piece of music

Computer and Technology

  • Uses developmentally appropriate keyboard techniques
  • Signs in and logs out of network correctly and independently
  • Begins to develop skills for navigating web-based technologies
  • Uses simple word processing program
  • Formats documents correctly
  • Uses word processor in writing assignments

School Skills

  • Listens for specific information in stories (i.e., sequence, story details)
  • Understands the main idea or common theme in nonverbal communication (illustrations, graphs, charts)
  • Uses resources and references to build upon word meanings
  • Prints all upper and lower case letters clearly
  • Begins to use a calculator
  • Records personal information: address, phone number, birth date
  • Organizes own materials
  • Begins to develop independence and persistence in accomplishing longer tasks
  • Begins to organize information for and to write multi-page reports

Thinking Skills

  • Begins to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant detail
  • States ideas clearly
  • Begins to understand place of self in relationship to family, community, world