Grade 1 English / Language Arts

What your child will learn and do in Grade 1 English/Language Arts

In grade one, students build important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. They continue to learn the letters and sounds that make up words. They think, talk, and write about what they read in stories, articles, and other sources of information. In their writing, students work on putting together clear sentences on a range of topics using a growing vocabulary. Activities in these areas 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

Helping your child learn outside of school:    

Provide time and space for your child to read independently for at least 20 minutes. This reading time should be free from distractions such as television.

  • Ask your child what topics, events, or activities he or she likes. Then look for books, magazines, or other materials about those topics to motivate your child to read.

  • Ask your child to think about what the message of a story may be or what he or she learned from an informational book or article.

  • Look for opportunities in everyday places to build your child’s vocabulary.

  • Be sure your child has a library card. Your child should select books in which they are interested in order to develop a passion for reading. Spend time at the library with your child.

  • Use technology to help build your child’s interest in reading. Access websites that allow students to read books or articles online. The computer will help with words your child cannot read independently. Libraries also have computers your child can use to access websites.

  • Involve your child in authentic opportunities to practice conveying a message through writing/drawing (e.g. grocery or shopping lists, chore lists, messages to family members, signs, directions, keeping a journal, etc.).

  • Encourage friends and family to give books or magazine subscriptions to your child as gifts.  

  • Find time to talk to your child about school or current events (e.g. while riding in the car or taking public transportation, while waiting at the doctor’s office, etc.).

  • Involve your child in planning and researching family activities (e.g. reading recipes to plan a meal, planning a family trip, planning a home project, etc.).


To access the full version of the CREC Grade 1 Curriculum Guide, click here.
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