1st Grade Level Expectations
    Standard 1:
    Students read and understand a variety of materials
    First grade students will:
    By the end of first grade, students will be emergent/early readers with reading strategies used to gain meaning from print at the first grade level. These strategies will prepare them for reading at higher levels. This requires:
    1.1 an understanding of text that shall include, but not necessarily limited to, students
    being able to do the following:
    - use pictures to check meaning;
    - use prior knowledge to comprehend text;
    - retell in a logical, sequential order including some detail and inference;
    - make logical predictions;
    - monitor reading to make sure the message makes sense.
    1.2 anintegration of the cueing systems -- graphophonics, syntax, and semantics -- that
    shall include. but not necessarily limited to, students being able to do the following:
    - recognize letters and know sound-symbol relationships (graphophonics);
    - use the word attack skill of letter-sound relationships when reading
    - use sentence structure and word order to predict meaning (syntax);
    - use background knowledge and context to construct meaning (semantics).
    Standard 2:
    Students write and speak for a variety of purposes and audiences
    First grade students will:
    2.1 generate topics through prewriting activities (for example, brainstorming,
    webbing, mapping, drawing, K-W-L charts, group discussion);
    2.2 align purpose (for example, to entertain, to inform, to communicate) with
    2.3 revise draft content (for example, organization, relevant details, clarity);
    2.4 edit revised draft using resources (for example, dictionary, word lists and banks,
    thesaurus, spell checker, glossary, style manual, grammar and usage reference);
    2.5 proofread revised draft;
    2.6 present final copy according to purpose (for example, read aloud, display, publish,
    mail, send, and perform).
    Standard 3:
    Students write and speak using conventional grammar, usage, sentence
    structure, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.
    First grade students will:
    3.1 know and use correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and word
    usage to complete a variety of writing tasks;
    3.2 spell high frequency words correctly;
    3.3 punctuate endings of sentences;
    3.4 capitalize sentence beginnings and proper nouns;
    3.5 write legibly.
    Standard 4:
    Students apply thinking skills to their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.
    Standard 5:
    Students read to locate, select, and make use of relevant information from a variety of media, reference, and technological sources.
    First grade students will:
    5.1 gather, organize, and accurately, clearly, and sequentially report information gained
    from personal observations and experiences such as science experiments, field trips,
    and classroom visitors;
    5.2 record observations (for example, logs, lists, graphs, charts, tables, illustrations);
    5.3 report events sequentially;
    5.4 write a concluding statement;
    5.5 use resources (for example, video tapes, magazines, informational books, reference
    materials, interviews, guest speakers, Internet) and report information in their own
    5.6 list resources used by title.
    Standard 6:
    Students read and recognize literature as a record of human experience.
    First grade students will:
    6.1 identify the elements of plot, character, and setting in a favorite story;
    6.2 identify a regular beat and similarities of sound in words in responding to rhythm and
    rhyme in poetry;
    6.3 identify words appealing to the senses or involving direct or indirect comparisons in
    6.4 compare tales from different cultures by tracing the exploits of one character type or by
    observing the use of such natural phenomena as the seasons, constellations, land
    formations, or animal behaviors;
    6.5 read, respond to, and discuss a variety of literature such as folk tales, legends, myths,
    fiction, rhymes and poems, non-fiction, and content-area reading.