First Grade

Brown Curriculum - 1st Grade

Development of a First Grade Child

It is important to remember that each child is unique and that a wide range of individual differences will be apparent with any group of children.  A child’s development is organized and directed.  Age characteristics are broad guidelines to help us know what may be expected from children of a certain age.

English Language Arts

  • Integrates strategies to read unknown words
  • Reads fluently
  • Reads sight words
  • Retells a story in order
  • Hears and records sounds in words
  • Correctly writes a complete sentence
  • Includes interesting details in writing
  • Uses capital letters correctly
  • Uses correct endings punctuation
  • Spells sight words correctly in writing
  • Spells weekly words correctly on tests
  • Prints neatly
  • Uses spaces correctly


  • Writes to 100 by ones
  • Writes to 100 by twos
  • Writes to 100 by fives
  • Writes to 500 by tens
  • Writes to 500 by hundreds
  • Identifies and completes patterns using numbers, shape and size
  • Uses pictographs to read and interpret data
  • Adds
  • Subtracts
  • Understands place value (ones, tens)
  • Tells time to the hour
  • Tells time to the half hour
  • Identifies 3 dimensional shapes and knows their attributes
  • Tells the amount of money of coins and bills
  • Measures lengths and objects using non-standard units


  • Sorting by Properties
  • Animal Life
  • Weather
  • The Sun Warms the Earth

Social Studies:

  • Study of Families and Schools
  • Civics
  • Economics
  • History
  • Geography

Specials classes:

  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Technology – Computer Class
  • Library

Behavior Expectations:

  • Respects adults
  • Cooperates with peers
  • Demonstrates self-control
  • transitions well during the day

Work Habit Expectations:

  • Works independently
  • Listens attentively
  • Demonstrates organization
  • Completes assignments & homework
  • Makes good use of time


  • Early Learning Success Inventory
  • Diagnostic Reading Assessment (DRA)
  • Trimester Common Assessments
  • Classroom Assessments
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