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English Language Arts - First Grade

 In first grade, language arts skills are presented through an integrated approach. A goal is to help students think of themselves as readers and writers, and to give them enough practice so that they can read a variety of texts. Language arts includes education in speaking and listening, as well as reading and writing.
Although each child is unique in his or her development, there are typical expectations for literacy and communication at each grade level. By the end of first grade, most children will gain the skills listed in the following areas.
Although each child is unique in his or her development, there are typical expectations for literacy and communication at each grade level. By the end of first grade, most children will gain the skills listed in the following areas.

READING:

  • Blend separate sounds to form wordsDevelop the skill to recognize high frequency words in text
  • Read grade-level material with increasing fluency
  • Demonstrate literal understanding of material read by recalling details

WRITING:

  • Write a complete sentence using a noun and a verb
  • Begin a sentence with a capital letter and end with a period
  • Form upper and lowercase letters legibly in manuscript printing
  • Begin to express ideas through writing

SPEAKING:

  • Stay on topic and take turns in conversation
  • Respond appropriately in class discussions
  • Retell simple stories and information that were presented orally

 

What can parents do?

Read a variety of books to and with your child. As you read, talk with your child about the content.

Talk with your child during daily activities; give directions for your child to follow.

Give your child reasons and opportunities to write. Keep a trip journal with your child by pasting a photograph and recording a sentence about each day's special events.

Practice sight vocabulary words.