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Reading (Grade 1)

In Grade 1, children continue to learn skills required for the beginning stages of reading. They explore the relationships between different letters, letter combinations, and sounds. Reading becomes more fluent as they learn skills to identify words and gain meaning from text.

Foundational Skills

  • Print Concepts: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
  • Phonological Awareness: Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
  • Phonics and Word Recognition: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • Fluency: Reads with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

Key Ideas and Details


  • Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  • Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
  • Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

Informational Text

  • Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  • Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
  • Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.

Craft and Structure


  • 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.

Informational Text

  • Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases 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.
  • Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas


  • Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
  • (Not applicable to literature)
  • Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.

Informational Text

  • Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
  • Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.
  • Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).


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Phone: 414-475-8179

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