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1st Grade

First grade is a pivotal year when students really take off with their reading, writing, and math skills!  At the beginning of the year, students may be still practicing their sounds and often by the end, they are reading long books, writing complex stories, and doing more sophisticated math.  We often see a LOT of growth in our first graders, making families and especially our 1st grade students feel very proud!  In addition, we continue to work on problem solving with friends, exploring the world and engineering new solutions, and creating original projects.  Our first graders continue to receive a lot of individualized support to help the vastly different student learning needs at this age.  Below are some areas and resources for first grade families to work on with their child:

Big Math Goals in 1st Grade:

* Read numbers 1-120 (using different flashcards)

* Write numbers 1-120

* Count forward and backward to and from 120

* Count by 2s, 5s, and 10s to 120; identify 10 more and 10 less than a given number

* Put number cards in order (1-120)

* Make numbers using 1s, 5s, and 10s (i.e. I can make 23 with 1 ten, 2 fives, and 3 ones)

* Add and subtract to 20 using different strategies (counting on, dots, tallies, number lines)

* Solve real world math problems (i.e. Jose has some apples. Mia takes 5 of his apples, and now he has 8 apples. How many did he have to start?)


Resources to Practice Math:



* YouTube has lots of great math videos:

Count by 5s:

Count by 10s:


With all of these, we recommend practicing with your child and talking about math in every day life - adding beans when you're cooking, counting coins, reading numbers while shopping, learning to read a clock, and more!




Big Reading Goals in 1st Grade:

* Read and write all letter names and sounds

* Put sounds together and break sounds apart in short words (for example, the sounds D-O-G make dog, the word TRIP breaks into the sounds T-R-I-P)

* Read 120+ sight words

* Read Level I books with understanding

* Talk about books to make connections, predictions, and summaries

* Write stories with multiple sentences using inventive spelling, capital letters, periods, and finger spaces.


Resources to Practice Reading:





* Visit our wonderful public libraries to get a free library card and borrow books

* Read more about developing bilingual readers at

We highly recommend reading to your child in any language every day for 20 minutes and talking about what you see and read in the book. Our youngest students need lots of opportunities to build vocabulary by reading and talking frequently in every day life - whether describing the process to make tamales, comparing the personalities of their two favorite characters, or telling stories of how life was like long ago.