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1st Grade General Studies Overview


  • Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
  • Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
  • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • Ask and answer questions about key details in both fiction and informational texts.
  • Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
  • Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
  • Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
  • Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
  • Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.
  • Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.
  • Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
  • Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.
  • Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
  • Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.
  • Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).
  • Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.
  • Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
  • Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.
  • Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.


  • Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
  • Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
  • Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
  • With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
  • With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
  • Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).
  • With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.


Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
  • Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction.
  • Add and subtract within 20.
  • Work with addition and subtraction equations.
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Extend the counting sequence.
  • Understand place value.
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.

Measurement and Data

  • Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length units.
  • Tell and write time.
  • Represent and interpret data
  • Geometry
  • Reason with shapes and their attributes

Mathematical Practices

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  • Model with mathematics
  • Use appropriate tools strategically
  • Attend to precision
  • Look for and make use of structure
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning


Everyday Math and supplementary materials


  • Inquiry based study of life science through the Organisms unit
  • Physical science through the Balls and Ramps unit

Students will engage in the scientific process by:

  • Constructing ideas through their own investigation
  • Making predictions based on prior knowledge
  • Using their senses to make observations
  • Asking questions
  • Testing ideas
  • Recording results in science journals
  • Comparing their predictions with results
  • Learning that scientists use models in order to observe something that cannot be easily seen

Social Studies

  • Engaging in daily class meetings
  • Ask their own questions and think critically about what they know
  • Use their prior knowledge to make sense of new information
  • Connect personally to important social studies concepts
  • Describe their community as well as the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a community
  • Identify and describe jobs in their community and the purpose they serve
  • Plan for and participate in a community meeting to address a shared problem
  • Explain how local businesses provide goods and services they they think consumers want
  • Explain how people in a community make choices in the marketplace
  • Consider trade-offs and opportunity costs when making decisions


Storypath “Main Street: Understanding Goods and Services”