Big Rocks (most important work) in 1st Grade

English Language Arts:

  • Learn to read sight words
  • Learn phonics patterns to decode new words
  • Learn to read fluently – with expression, intonation, and speed
  • Understand what is read and be able to answer questions about text

NCDPI Parent Guide to for ELA/Reading in First Grade:



  • Understand place value
  • Use efficient strategies to solve story problems
  • Compare numbers and use comparing language (greater than, less than, equal to)
  • Understand the meaning of the equals sign and understand whether an equation is true or false


NCDPI Standards for Mathematics in K-8th Grades: