1st Grade

Welcome to First Grade at China Spring Elementary!

First graders are wonderfully equipped to astonish us with how much they can grow in just one year! This foundational development is crucial for success in second grade, and all the years beyond. That means we think first grade is a pretty big deal. We want this once-in-a-lifetime year to be a productive and wonderful one for you and your child.

Standards Based Reports Cards

If you were with us in Kindergarten, our report cards will look familiar. In first grade we’ve chosen to use a standards based report card to help give you the most accurate information we can about your child’s early academic progress. Next year, in second grade, your child will begin to receive a more conventional report card with numerical grades.

Reading & Writing

This year your student will bridge the gap between early reading skills and the increased fluency necessary for success in later grades. They will acquire more sophisticated phonetic and comprehension skills. We will write compositions of multiple sentences with plots that include a beginning, middle and end. Young writers will begin to use editing and revision skills as they learn to recognize errors and ways to improve their writing. 

Reading Comprehension and Oral Reading Skills

  • Retelling stories

  • Making predictions & inferences

  • Discussing the author’s purposes for writing a text

  • Forming connections between texts, the world, and themselves

  • Exercises to improve reading fluency and reading skills

Word Studies (Phonics)

  • Decoding (sounding out) strategies

  • Spelling patterns including 

    • CVC Words (like cat, dot, sip)

    • Consonant Blends

    • Consonant Digraphs

    • and Silent e

  • Inflectional endings, compound words and contractions

  • Parts of speech including nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions and adverbs


  • Handwriting

  • Composing sentences with proper capitalization and punctuation

  • Writing original fiction and nonfiction pieces including stories, letters, opinions, procedural texts and early research skills

  • Writing in response to reading; including using text evidence to support ideas

  • Editing and revising their writing


  • Place Value Up To 120

    • Build (objects), Pictorial, Standard Form, Expanded Form, Compare, Order, Recite Forward & Backward, Skip-count (2, 5, 10), 10 More/10 Less

  • Coins

    • Name & Value (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters), Value of a Collection of Coins

  • Addition & Subtraction

    • Equations with Unknowns (any of the terms), Word Problems- represent, solve, explain

  • Equal Sign- understanding that each side represents the same value

  • 2D Shapes (circle, triangle, rectangle, square, rhombus, hexagon)

    • Identification & Attributes, Partition- 2 & 4 parts

  • 3D Shapes (cube, rectangular prism, triangular prism, cylinder, sphere, cone)

    • Identification & Attributes

  • Clock Time (analog & digital)

    • Hour & Half-Hour

  • Length

    • Nearest Whole Number of Units

  • Graphs (Picture & Bar-Type Graphs)

    • Collect, Sort, & Organize Data, Draw Conclusions, Generate & Answer Questions

  • Personal Financial Literacy

    • Personal Financial Choices, Jobs, Needs & Wants, Goods & Services